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Old 02-07-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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QT tank-milky looking?

I set up a QT tank about 2 weeks ago and used water from my main. Each night I syphon all of the detruis and such out. I have been adding buffer as well to keep the PH up. Also used a poly fiber pad in the HOB filter Im using. Can someone tell me why the water looks like its sort of milky? Just looks hazy....I have lowered the salinity down as Im doing hypo. Temp 79-80. PH 8, ammonia 0, trites 0 , trates less than 5. Did one 5 gallon water change is the biggest one I have done. All of the others are small. What can I do to clear up the water?
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Try leaving it alone for a while. If you keep stirring everything around it takes longer to clear. I tried EVERYTHING, including flocs. When I finally gave up in frustration, the water cleared.

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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 02-07-2005, 03:45 PM   #3
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I think I might have figured it out. I have been adding buffer for the first week as Im doing hypo. So I was adding RO water which my water was 7.0 PH. I was adding buffer each night for the first 5-6 nights. This is when I first noticed it. I think this is it. It should clear up as I was adding it directly to the tank rather than a sump (Which I do in the main tank).
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