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Old 06-25-2006, 08:53 PM   #1
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White Cloudy Water with strang odor

I think I am having some kind of Algae bloom. Last night before going to bed my tank was perfectly clear and this morning when I got up the water was white and cloudy. There is also a strange smell that can be smelled even in the next room that is coming from my tank. My water perameters are all good. A few days ago I set up timers for my lights and before that I wasnt running them very much at all. I have 4 96 watt PC bulbs on a 75 gallon tank. I am in the process of buying a protein skimmer so I know that will help. What should I do in the mean time to clear this water up? Also I have 2 clowns and a few invertes, are they in danger from this? Thanks for the input!

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A few good size PWC would help. My only problem on your diagnosis is that an algea bloom dont happen overnite. Is this smell like a rotten egg?
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No it doesnt smell like a rotten egg. Its more of a strong salty smell. I cant really think how to discribe it. It almost smells similar to chlorine but I know nobody came into my house and poured chlorine in my tank.
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Some tap water comes with chlorine in it. Are you using tap?
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You may want to try to add some activated carbon if it is not present, or add some more if you already have it in the filter. This may or may not work, but I have had some success with similiar white cloudy problems. By the way, what are you water parameters?
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I think with the PWC and GAC that Squado recommended I think that will help alot.
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what would the salinity reading be and how are you testing that?
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do you have any calurpa in the tank or fuge? any UV light?
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Ok here is the update:
1) I tested my salinity with a hydrometer and it is at 1.023
2)Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0
3)Strange odor but not un-pleasent, it smells natural like something that would possibly come out of a tank but my roommate seems to be having an allergies attack from it
4)Water looks milky. Very similar to the way a tank looks after adding new sand for the first time. Checked all powerheads and they are in place.
5)I use no chemicals in my tank. I also use RO water. Nothing has been added to the tank for a week except top-off RO water.
6)I do not have a protein skimmer or a UV sterilizer though a protein skimmer is about to be ordered today
7)The night before the water turned milky I ran my lights extra long, but it was only my blue actinics (2 96's) for about 5 hours longer that usual. 5 days ago I set my lights on a timer so the tank is getting more light than it has in the past.
8) The tank is a few months old. It is a 75 gallon with 4 96 watt PC's. I use a filter sock as filtration. I have around 60 pounds of live rock. There arer 2 clowns, one cleaner shrimp, a tiger conk, and clean up crew in it.

Ok if there is additional info that will help let me know and I will post it also. This is driving me crazy!

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A skimmer would definitely help. I couldn't rid an algae bloom in my tank after doing weekly 20% WC's for 4 or 5 weeks, added lots of AC (AC did helped alittle), or even blacking out the tank for a few days; so i bought a skimmer and bye bye algae
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