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Old 02-01-2005, 10:42 PM   #1
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weird water problems

ok, everything tested alright at my lfs, but my water is lookin weird. It used to be clear, but it looks kind of whitish. When i put it up to light, it was definitely noticable as a different color of white. nothing unusual, except that my protein skimmer shut off all day today, and suddenly this white problem. Anyone no what the problem is?

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Old 02-01-2005, 10:46 PM   #2
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What type of setup do you have? Reef, FO, FOWLR? How long has the tank been set up? What are your water parameters? What is the last thing you did to the tank and when did you do it?
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Old 02-01-2005, 11:28 PM   #3
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What type of water do you use? My tap water has a lot of calcium deposits, and that is the first thing that came to mind. It could be just cloudy since you added something recently. Give it a little time and see if it goes away.

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Old 02-02-2005, 03:16 AM   #4
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I have heard of algae blooms making a white haze in the tanks water and then burning itself out as the nutrients are depleted. Dont know if this is your case but just an idea.
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:16 AM   #5
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I have heard of algae blooms making a white haze in the tanks water and then burning itself out as the nutrients are depleted. Dont know if this is your case but just an idea.
I had this in my FW tanks and tried IN VAIN to clear it using flocs and water changes. After a while, I just let it go. It cleared up.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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bacterial blooms, not algae, usually causes a whitish haze to the water.

It could also be calcium precipitating out of the water due to an imbalance in alkalinty, or magnesium.
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well, probaly an algea bloom cause it cleared up now
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:58 PM   #8
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Mine is clear now, too. For a while, it reminded me of the song "Smoke on the water", except of course it more closely remsembled smoke IN the water.

Good luck!!
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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