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Old 02-11-2007, 05:52 PM   #1
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Getting clear water

OK, I am startin to set up my new 29 gallon. I put in the sand (using a sugar-fin argonite) and added the saltwater. I have been runnin some filters (not the filters that will be on the tank) for about 12 hours now, but visibility in the tank is still minimal. If I turn hte filters off, visibility increases dramatically fairly fast, but it is the super-fine particles that are filtering out to the top of the substrate, and once I turn hte filters back on, they are stirred back up.

Are there any tricks I can do to speed up the process of filtering them out?

On my 10 gallon, I was able to place paper towels in the filter box and that filtered out the super-fine sand particles, but that will mess up the filters that are currently on use on this tank :/
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It will take a day or two to clear up.
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If you have an estra canister filter laying around you can try running that with new media and filter pads in it. I am not sure it is worth the trouble of setting up. As Mike mentioned, this is normal and it will take a feww days for the dust storm to settle.
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ok thanks dont have much of a rush on it, I will not start transferrin live rock or anythign until I have the lighting and powerheads for it.

Will I need a protein skimmer right away, or can that wait a month or two? At the start, I will be short on live rock, I wont be getting all the new LR right away, will be startin with the 20lbs I have in my 10 gallon, and getting a few lbs every week or two until I have aboubt 50lbs


30lbs at 6 bucks a lb aint cheap :P
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Tell me about it. I have 200 lbs at 8.99 a lb.
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I'm with you on that one Melosu!!! I have recently been buying every piece of dry "Live Rock" I can get my hands on. One of the LFS I deal with gets a lot of it in and it sells for 1.99 a lb. I'm curing it myself.
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That`s a great idea!!
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Will I need a protein skimmer right away, or can that wait a month or two?
If you can get one, do it. The sooner the better. If not, I would recommend using GAC regularly, at least until you have a skimmer going.
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30lbs at 6 bucks a lb aint cheap
FWIW you can get good, uncured LR online for about half that price if you get it all at once. Best of luck
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