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Old 06-05-2008, 04:49 AM   #11
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didnt get any drywall in it did you? lol. thats pretty dang cloudy
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:32 AM   #12
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Looks like the result of aragonite sand. Rinse rinse rinse. Even then it seems that you still get some of this. If you have an old hob filter with some floss you can run it for a while to help clear some of this up.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:06 PM   #13
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The sand will settle down it just takes time. Better now than when you have livestock in it,. I rinsed my sand twice and my tank was cloudy for about a week. I did a few extra PWC that week. And even another couple weeks after that it was still easily stirred up.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:57 PM   #14
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Are you cycling the tank now. The sand wil settle as it gets coated wth bacteria. That makes it just heavy enough to settle to the bottom. Give it time and all will be good. Mine took a week just to see the rocks again.
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wierdest thing, i was really careful putting the sand in, but i gotta say it was crystal cleaer in an hour, could have something to do with it was only 30 glalons tank and 40 pounds sand
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This is aragonite sugar fine sand, the stuff I got in my 40g tank was also aragonite but a lot coarser in size. Didn't plan on cycling this tank as I was planning on transfering the 40 over and using most of the water from the 40. But they way things look, I am not moving anything over until this clears up.
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:25 PM   #17
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The water column doesn't hold much bacteria. It's the rock and sand that host all the bacteria.
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The water column doesn't hold much bacteria. It's the rock and sand that host all the bacteria.
My Lfs told me to transfer my old water into my new tank so that I would be able to minimize the cycle if it does happen again. Whether it is true or not I don't see any harm in doing that, water from my 40 has good parameters so why not. Now if I had high anything that I don't want then I would just use new saltwater.

Today I checked the water in the 75 and I could see through it from front to back so its clearer. But as soon as I started some circulation in the tank white smoky stuff started to come up from the sandbed( really fine sand). So looks like I have to suction some of that top film out and do some water change. Hopefully that will help clear this water up and allow me to circulate the water.
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Put an old school power filter on it. I had that cloud when I set up my 180 for over a week!

What are the holes in the brace for?

Not sure how much LR you have but with the new sand and going from a 40 to a 75, you will probably have a cycle. The water is not going to prevent that.
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The sand storms will continue until the sand is heavy enough to settle quickly. That doesn't happen until the sand grains are coated with bacteria. That doesn't happen until after the cycle has been completed. You are going to need more rock in the new tank anyway so add some base rock and then add some of your LR from your 40.

I never suctioned my sand bed. Today I can have a power head fall and create a major sandstorm that will settle in about an hour. That can only happen AFTER the sand is cycled. You can suction the top layer over and over again. In about week of suctioning you may be able to stop if the that layer of sand has had time to get coated with bacteria. Otherwise you will end suctioning all of the sand out of your tank.

Using the water from your 40 is fine, BUT a) it won't fill your 75; b) it will not cycle your 75; c) adding it will cause another huge sand storm until the new sand is cycled.

Bottom line is that you need to cycle the 75 before you transfer the majority of your 40 over unless you don't mind living with a sandstorm for a week and hope yourfish can find food and survive it.

Take the time to do it right. You will be happy you did.
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