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Old 11-05-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Sand clouded water.. 100% WC?

Ok so I've been cycling for about a week. I had about an inch of live sand and 30lbs of LR. Since I'm getting a mantis shrimp I wanted a deeper sand bed. So I added 40lbs of aragonite sand. I added it one cup at a time yet my water quickly turned to milk. How do I fix this? Should I do a 100% water change? Will my cycle re start if I change all the water?

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Old 11-05-2014, 07:23 PM   #2
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Depending on what equipment you have handy a simple HOB filter with filter floss will clear the water up in a few hours. I wouldn't do a 100% PWC.
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Depending on what equipment you have handy a simple HOB filter with filter floss will clear the water up in a few hours. I wouldn't do a 100% PWC.
+1 this is how id do it.
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I agree with the filter floss, but if you are cycling and there isn't anything in the tank what does it matter? Just let things settle on their own. This will give you time to adjust the powerhead(s) to a point where you are happy with them and the sand will settle where it wants to.
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I agree with the filter floss, but if you are cycling and there isn't anything in the tank what does it matter? Just let things settle on their own. This will give you time to adjust the powerhead(s) to a point where you are happy with them and the sand will settle where it wants to.
Good point. If the tank is empty its not going to hurt anything to allow time to settle the sand.
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The cycle will not restart since you still have the original water and have not disturbed or washed the rocks. Changing water will surely restart it. If you did not flushed or cleaned the additional sand then I would recommend same thing as Ziggy with filter floss, no carbon on filter and no skimmer. Light is not even necessary while cycling.
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The water has nothing to do with the cycle. A total restart would be if the bacteria that has already been building up died off, which is in the rocks and sand. The only thing a water change is doing is lessening the ammonia source.


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Without water you can not have a cycle. So why do you think water has nothing to do with it? BB from rocks gets the nutrients from water and bb can exist anywhere and mostly in wet objects. If you change water you lost your nutrients, ammonia and what have you. It may not be a total restart but it will surely slow it down.
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A 100% water change doesn't kill the bacteria, doesn't remove any significant portion of the bacteria, and it doesn't remove any of the filter media. Removing ammonia is not the same as removing bacteria so it's not restarting the cycle at all.
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On a dry rock do you think there are already bacteria on it? So where do you think the bb first starts?
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