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Old 06-21-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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I have a 52G FOWLR, I have an eheim 2717 mostly empty with some stones that came with it. I'm moving about 600 GPH overall. I have maybe 40 lbs live rock. The tank also has one algae blenny, one clown, four different crabs and a dozen blue legged crabs and a snail for cleanup.

As of last week, my water has become very cloudy. I've done a 10% water change (it's all I had time to do this time), with no apparent affect.

What's going on?

What do I need to do to clear this up?

I'm veryy careful about overfeeding and have only once dropped a 1/4 teaspoon of marine flakes in by accident two weeks ago. I figured the carbs would take care ot it anyway. Is is that easy to foul the water?

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what are your water parameters? Gotta find the source in order to cure the problem.
That being said, you can run carbon for a few days. That may clean it up.
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Old 06-21-2004, 03:59 PM   #3
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what are your water parameters? Gotta find the source in order to cure the problem.
That being said, you can run carbon for a few days. That may clean it up.
Last I checked, ammonia and nitrites = 0, nitrates = 10, density was about 1.245, temp was 76¬įF.

So far the fish seem happy. I really don't know what is going on but I will run some new tests tonight.

Is this the result of not running a protein skimmer?

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protein skimmer will help with that alot !! but with only two fish in there i would think your doc lvls would be very low anyway !! my guess is a snail has died and is rotting somewhere !!
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Yeah sounds like a bacterial bloom.. it'll clear up in a few days.
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Old 06-22-2004, 08:09 AM   #6
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protein skimmer will help with that alot !! but with only two fish in there i would think your doc lvls would be very low anyway !! my guess is a snail has died and is rotting somewhere !!
As of last night, still no change and I didn't have any time to test the water.

I did take the time to do a head count and everyone is accounted for. I only have one snail, a very large one, and it's still there. The only thing I can't count are the blue legged crabs because they're are at least 15 on them and they're everywhere.

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Yeah sounds like a bacterial bloom.. it'll clear up in a few days.
I was hoping it was that and would indeed clear up but after one week, nothing has changed.

I saw a product at the LFS that apparently digests excess organic material to clear up cloudy water in salt or fresh water aquariums.

I'm guessing it's just a digestive enzyme. Good idea, bad idea?

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id say bad idea !! as long as your fish seam ok id wait it out a bit longer
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id say bad idea !! as long as your fish seam ok id wait it out a bit longer
Cool. I'll give it until this weekend and look into other options if it doesn't clear up.

I'm also ready to do another 20% water change tonight so we'll see what that does.

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