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Old 01-31-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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please.....HELP!!!

I have been looking into getting a saltwater aquarium for some time now ever since i visited my LFS and saw a cowfish who would follow me whenever i passed by his tank. I started researching like crazy ever since (and good thing too because i wanted to get a cowfish at first until i found out there choice of weaponry for when they get stressed or die).

Now, yesterday i set up a 37 gallon bowfront but i feel like I made an amateur mistake (out of excitement for my tank of course). I put the aragonite sand in first....then put in the mixed saltwater. I filled it in 2.5 gallon intervals and i think that might have been my problem. The tank water is at 78 degrees but the water is so cloudy that you can't see past the other side. Plus, there is a bit of foam on the surface but i think that seemed to die down a bit with the filter.

So, i'm sure I did something wrong right? What did i do and how can I fix it??
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not rinsing the sand first will leave dust particles suspended in your water column. Use a mechanical filter and vacuum the dust after it settles. Even after a good rinse you would still have had cloudy water.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #3
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I'm having the same issue, my water is tinted brownish/greyish....

I rinsed my aragonite really really well prior to added it to the bottom of the tank followed by 50g of pre mixed saltwater. After about 24hours the water is still mucky looking with the skimmer running.

On my way home I think I will pick up a bottle of additive to see if that can clear it up. The live rock that's currently in the tank has to re-cure and water has to cycle before I do anything else.
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The dust will soon settle in a day or two. Best to rinse the sand out but eventually it will settle down. As mentioned above do some PWC`s and vacuum the sand. It will get rid of most of the dust.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:27 PM   #5
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actually the sand was rinsed in a slop sink before it was put into the tank. I'll see what it looks like when I get home tonight! The skimmer cup will prob be full again
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:09 PM   #6
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I researched before I did anything and knew that there was going to be dust but I freaked out this morning when I woke up to find that my tank looked like it remained the same and how cloudy the water still was.

So then I should let the filter do the job? (Its been running since about 4pm yesterday and its 11:09am right now). plus pwcs? How much?
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the filter wil do most of the work,but put some filter floss in it to help,% of pwc is up to you.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:43 PM   #8
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Let it be. It will go away on it's on while your cycling. It's so easy to rush and be impatient but being patient while setting is the key
Leave the filter running it will clear up in a week or so.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:09 PM   #9
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I usually clean my substrates IN the tank. By filling and emptying. Don't worry about the foam.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:35 PM   #10
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Don't worry about foam? Okay will do:]

And will the PWCs delay the cycle? I threw in a raw shrimp when I set my tank up to start the cycle.
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