Did a 30% PWC
yesterday, still haven't gotten over the perpetually cloudy water. Its white, and look like little thunderstorm clouds, when viewed from the bottom looking up. In other words, the cloudiness is specifically visible when you look at it with a light source behind it, not just consistently whitish water (does that make sense).
Full-sized photo here, which shows the cloudiness much better.
I'm running AC
, which has been replaced in the last week or so, I vacuumed the sand with the PWC
yesterday, ammonia is at 0 (was 0.25 yesterday), nitrites are 0 to 0.25 (can't quite tell), nitrate around 10ppm. SG
is right at 1.022, where I always keep it. I think there was a bit of an ammonia jump after adding two anthias this weekend.
pH is low - back down to 7.8. It was 8.0 when the cycle finished, had been low all through the cycle.
I'm running a dual bio-wheel HOB
filter. The filter cartridges have been rinsed in tank water after the PWC
and algea problem has vanished since the cycle wrapped up (algea started dying off just before it finished, and I think my turbo snails have cleaned up most of the cyano
I'm thinking about getting some "chemi-pure" which I've seen mentioned here a lot.
I have a hard time with the charcoal in the filter cartridge, it I have to rinse it like heck to get all the little chunks out, and even then, a little of it still seems to get out of the cartidge box. I'm using Black Diamond AC
from Marineland, but it doesn't seem to be clearing up the water any more (it did have some effect during the cycle). I tried overnight running some of it in nylons (new, rinsed in SW
), and it seemed to have no effect, things were actually worse this morning.
Can't think of anything else to offer for info.