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Old 07-16-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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new to saltwalter aquarium have a question

i started my saltwater tank monday 7-12-10 almost all the cloudiness is gone but when i put my hand in there to move the live rock it gets cloudy again but not real bad. I have some film on the glass that i keep having to scrub off. So my question is will it be cloudy like this when there is movement in the tank all the time or will this settle or go away? oh i used live sand as my bottom.

i wanna get this right saltwater tanks are so pretty and with patience and good maintance i know mine will be to. i cant wait!!!!!
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:24 PM   #2
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It will eventually settle. Running a filter with some filter floss or pillow stuffing helps speed it up by actually removing the dust particles. You will probably see the water cloud up again once your cycle gets going, don't worry about it, it's just part of the cycle.
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Yeah i agree with thom.. i used dry aragonite and i didn't even wash it out before i put it in my tank and my tank was crystal clear in under 2 days. You should be fine. Patience is a virtue..
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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thank you both i am so scared i might do something wrong so i didnt think it hurt to ask. and ZERO i am going to check into that aragonite tomorrow. is it ok to keep it in there like when i do get fish or do you have to take it out?
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Zero is talking about dry aragonite sand. Some people use that instead of live sand....it will become live eventually and its cheaper. Since you already have the live sand, unless you need to add more, you won't need to get aragonite.

Do you have any powerheads in the tank? Water movement would definitely help it settle. I'm sure the cloudiness is from the live sand and the rock being put in the tank.
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Yep, Kristin is spot on with what i meant.
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ok i googled it and saw crystals and rock like things so thats why i assumed it was that.

no i dont have the powerheads right now i did order them but they just havent came yet. i also order a protein skimmer figured it is worth a try for extra help.
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LR and a skimmer is really all you need for good filtration. As mentioned above a good one or two PH`s will push the water around so your nitrifying bacteria can get the excessive nutrients. We have a great article about cycling in the SW articles section.
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You are on the right track. just remember GO SLOW. don't put any fish in until you test 0 nitrate and 0 NH4. Take your time and you will be rewarded in the future. All the stuff you mentioned is a normal cycle. don't freak out when everything turns brown. that is normal too. It happens toward the end of your cycle
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