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Old 02-04-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
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Cloudy Tank but I'm being patient

Hello I have a 55 Gallon SW FO that has been cycling for 5 days, on day 3 the tank began to clear and while adjusting some cords behind the tank, I unplugged my Bio-wheel filter by accident but I plugged it back Immediately but the tank became again very cloudy, the tank has not shown any signs of clearing up since Monday night when this happended.
I also added additional salt in 1 cup increments until I got my Salinity levels from 1.016 to 1.022. Upon setup I used filtered water but when adding the extra salt I was using just tap water. I have no fish in the tank I was waiting to have a clear tank but my levels are below.


Should there be any sign of clearing up or do I need to continue my long dedication to patience?

Salinity :1.022
PH: 8.0
Nitrate: 10
Nitrite: .5
ammonia: 0.13
Temp: 72 degrees
All other levels are good
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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What color is this cloudy water?

Do you have sandy substrate?

Having the bio-wheel unplugged for a very breif period should have had zero effect on water clarity.
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Old 02-04-2004, 09:38 PM   #3
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The water is white just like moments after the initial set-up. I was told it was the sand substrate and that it would clear up in a couple of days, but when I turned the filter off and powered it back up I was told it may have been build up in the bottom filters, but I thought by day three It would have began to clear.
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Old 02-04-2004, 11:29 PM   #4
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Sounds like you do not have any rock in the tank? If that the case, the flow from the HOB with the bio-wheel is hitting the substrate and blowing the finer particles into the water column. I would not worry about it if that's the case. As time passes the bacteria will begin to weigh down the sand. It might take a week or so but it will not be a concern, only a little bothersome for viewing.

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Is the hang on biowheel the only source for water movement?

How where you going to cycle the tank? I would suggest the fishless method that involves a raw shrimp or two.
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:35 AM   #6
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Additionally I have the CPR cyclone Bak-Pak with a built in skimmer. I plan to add a couple Damsels, but I didn't want to introduce them until my water was crystal clear. The LFS sold me a Bio-bacteria that he said was fairly new and would cycle the tank in days, but as you can see by my levels it has not worked.

Today I see signs of improvement my water levels last night were:

Salinity :1.023
PH: 8.0
Nitrate: 10
Nitrite: .5
ammonia: 0.13
Temp: 72 degrees
All other levels are good
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