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Old 01-13-2005, 08:26 AM   #1
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HELP! White water!!

Today is the 3rd day my 55 gal. has been cycling. I got nothing in it other than saltwater running thru the ecosystem sump. This morning the water is white! there are white specs of "something" floating in the water, I picked up the "something" with a paper towel and on it it looks like yellowish, curdish milk. I'm sorry I'm not able to post a pic. Please help, what's this pest? Thanks
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Old 01-13-2005, 08:32 AM   #2
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You have no rock, sand or shrimp???? I have no idea what it is but it's not uncommon for the water to turn cloudy during the cycling process. Whats your turn over rate?
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nope, no rock or sand, absolutely nothing. I'm really freaking out here. Oh! and also, that white stuff in on top of my mud, some of the bio-balls are covered in it. I'm soooo disapointed......
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and also the sump is running at roughly 700 gph. thanks
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Old 01-13-2005, 09:25 AM   #5
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Milky white? Sounds like a bacterial bloom. Do you have any substrate or bare bottom?
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bare bottom, I have nothing, just water... I'm starting to think I wasted my savings on this ecosystem sump. Water is milky white, and when I pick up the floating stuff with paper towel it looks exactly like wet chalk. I just want to cry..........
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Did you clean everything really good?
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What are you cycling the tank with??? What you are seeing is probably just residual stuff from the mud. Might be sealant from equipment as well. You need to get a substrate and a bacteria source in that tank to get things moving along.
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Yes, I cleaned eveything. According to ecosystem instructions, I was suppose to let the filter run for 3 days and then add some hardy fish like damsels to help the cycle. Well, I don't want to be cruel to the fish so I had raw shrimp ready for this morning, except that everything is white. I already turned off the equipmet to see if it settles down. I think I'm going to buy an RO system later this week and try it again, if I'm still having trouble then ecosystem people are really going to hear from me some stuff. By the way, my mud is covered on the top with the white stuff, along with some bio-balls
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also (I'm sorry I keep adding stuff) my equipment is glued with PVC cement, I don't think it would "leak" anything.....right?
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