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Old 02-14-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Cloudiness in water

Hello all!! I'm brand new at this. I have a 55 reef that i am attempting to start and the water is just a little cloudy. I'm running a protein skimmer and a fluval canister filter with 6 stages. Is there anything that I can put in one of the stages of the filter to remove the tiny particles and give me crystal clear water???? Please help! Thanks, Bill.
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Old 02-14-2005, 08:24 PM   #2
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Please provide more info about your setup. Is this a brand new tank? Just filled it with water? If so whats your substrate. if its sand then yes its going to be cloudy for a few days (4-5). This is because the sand has some very fine particles nearly as fine as dust that need to settle out. If you put some filter floss in your canister filter you should screen out alot of this in short order. Once your substrate develops some bactera it will hold together better and wont get disturbed at the slighest current.

If your cycling the tank and you dont have a sand substrate then the cloudyness could be a bactera bloom although I would have to say I usually see these in FW setups rather than SW setups.
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I just waited mine out, assuming yours is a new tank. 4 days after addding my sand, my water was crytal clear.
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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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Old 02-14-2005, 09:03 PM   #4
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if its been up for a while, do you run AC in your fluval? If so, how often do you change it?

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just be patient it should all settle in a few days.
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