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Old 04-25-2004, 08:59 PM   #1
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cloudy water...

Well, first week in cycling the tank with LR and no sand, also the water is clear.
I did a 15% water change and now the tank is cloudy and doesn't go settle.
So I did a 50% and even cloudier, and been the same for this week.
What is the problem?
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Old 04-26-2004, 01:26 AM   #2
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Could be the salt mix or possibley the "gunk" from the rock itself. It will contain a certain amount of silt plus the die off. Be sure that when using newly mixed SW it is churned with a PH and well mixed before use (24hrs). Carbon should help with the water clarity.

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Do you have a skimmer runiing? It'll make a world of difference as well.
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Old 04-26-2004, 05:40 PM   #4
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I was under the impression that while cycling a tank, you should not use a skimmer anyone else's thoughts on that?
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I think you should turn on your skimmer, it is also good for circulation, and help reduce the break-in period of your skimmer when you actually get some Livestock, at least for me.
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I was under the impression that while cycling a tank, you should not use a skimmer anyone else's thoughts on that?
Depends on how you are cycling the tank. If using uncured LR, then it would be best to use a skimmer from the get go. If with precured LR or just the shrimp method, it's not necessary.

The big thing about skimmers is people worry about it removing the organics needed to fuel the cycle. With valuable hitchikers, you want to keep the DOC and other ammonia causing materials as low as possible. With the precured (not much if any life) or the shrimp method, there's nothing to worry about. Others may also caution that the skimmer will slow down the spread (seeding) of coralline in the tank which is true.

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Steve --
I had never put that together re: a skimmer slowing down the spread of coralline algea -- interesting. I've got a good head start on the coralline, since I got my LR from liverocks.com, but should I consider turning off the skimmer for a few hours a day to give the coralline a better chance to spread further? The skimmer is doing its job quite well, removing all sorts of gunk.

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This sound like what I'm doing, but forced to as my little 15gals is in my bedroom, and the Bakpak seems to give lots of noise, even I extended the air muffler from the RIO pump, so I end up get the skimmer on timer as run from 5:00AM to 10:00 PM, hopefully I didn't do anything that I'll regret later
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should I consider turning off the skimmer for a few hours a day to give the coralline a better chance to spread further?
Skimmers these days are very efficient and can remove the spores from the water quite well. I wouldn't worry too much about it though. Once the coralline starts to show up in various area's around the tank, it won't take long before it's a nuisance

Unless you are scraping the rock to purposely seed the water, I wouldn't turn off the skimmer. When seeding the water, it's a good idea to stop the skimmer for a few hours though. I find that placing a PH in front of a coralline encusted area will do wonders for spreading coralline without any intervention on my part.

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This sound like what I'm doing, but forced to as my little 15gals is in my bedroom, and the Bakpak seems to give lots of noise, even I extended the air muffler from the RIO pump, so I end up get the skimmer on timer as run from 5:00AM to 10:00 PM, hopefully I didn't do anything that I'll regret later
If you have a low bioload and an uncovered tank it won't be a concern really. The skimmer does help aerate the water to a certain degree but if you have enough water flow in the tank the skimmer should not be missed at night. Personally I find the skimmer removes more gunk at night though.

If this is a BakPak IIR with the biobale, you might have the bale packed too tightly in the chamber. It will trap small bubbles making a gurgling sound. Pull the bale upwards so you have a few inches out of the water. That should eliminate or at least reduce the noise.

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