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Old 04-29-2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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Dumb Cylcling question

This is probably a dumb question but is it normal for your tank to look like hell while in its initial cycle? I put 125lbs of uncured rock in the tank to get it going. The water is now greenish in color and very cloudy. Its been a while since I cycled a new tank so I thought I would check.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:25 PM   #2
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You and me are in the same boat LOL. I have asked this ? in a few threads, hope we get an answer.
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No your water should not be green. At least mine never was. When you added all that rock did you scrub all the die off off the rock. You might need to do some PWC or I remember a couple months ago someone had the same problem and he used a UV that kills algea spores that are floating in the water. If your water is green it must have a ton of algea spores in it. In a couple days his was clear. Maybe someone else has an idea.
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Here is a shot of mine. Blue, but cloudy.
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It makes me feel better to know I am not the only one.

The tank is across from my computer desk so I stare at it all day, its going to be a lonnnnng cycle!
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Could be as simple as shutting all the pumps off and letting the dust settle. If its not gone in a week I will try that.
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I don't think my problem is from particulate matter in the water. It looks bacterial as there is a thin coating on the glass as well.
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Sounds like an algae farm in the tank. Personally I wouldn’t turn the pumps off. You need good water circulation during the cycle. (as long as they are not pointed downwards).

Are you doing your cycle with the lights off or at least 4 hours or less? Is your sump up and running yet? Have you gotten a skimmer yet and if so are you running it?
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Mine doesnt look anything like any type of algea, its clear but a little cloudy, i think its from my sand.

Lights off at night.

My Backpak 2 skimmer is up and running with NO air ( the LFS said not to use air for the 1st 2 weeks? )
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Marc, do you have have any lr in the tank? If not I'd run the tank without lights during the cycle to keep algea down. No need to run the skimmer without air, it will take about a week to break in anyways.
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