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Old 11-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Sand in new saltwater tank

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Clean tank, added water, salt and sand to new tank. Water is really cloudy and its starting to clear up as I have the filters running but I am seeing a thin film of sand on the glass. What should I do to remove this thin film of sand/dust from the glass? Should I drain the tank, clean it off and fill it again?

I am using CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Aquarium Sand. It said not to rinse so I didn't.

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Old 11-15-2013, 12:20 PM   #2
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Turn off power heads and the like. As long as water still moves through the filter you will still cycle. The cloudiness will clear up in a couple of days
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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Probelm is there is a thin sand/dusty film on the glass inside the tank, should I drain, wipe off and fill back up again, or will it dissipate over time?
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #4
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Probelm is there is a thin sand/dusty film on the glass inside the tank, should I drain, wipe off and fill back up again, or will it dissipate over time?
i know what your talking about and i hate it as well, everytime i start a new tank i dread it, its a fine dust off the sand, if you get a magfloat you can get almost all of it off the glass, now to get it off powerheads and filter pipes, rocks, etc time will do it for you if you can wait, and im a very impatinet person so i stuck my hand in with a small microfiber cloth and cleaned off everything else i couldnt get with the magfloat
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It will go away on its own. No need to drain and start over. When I set up my 75 it looked pretty nasty for about five days.
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Agree with tex. Just use a magfloat to clean the glass. I had the same thing when I set up my tank. I used a mag float for the glass and a turkey baster to squirt it off the rest of the equipment. It will go away the longer the tank runs.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #7
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Yep, I came home today and the tank was clear or I would say clearer, I used the mag float and gently rubbed the dust along the glass and it was clear aquarium when done. I also cleaned out my filters. Now that I can see the bottom of my tank again and I was able to push the sand around to make it even but now a cloudy tank again but I am getting closer to starting cycle. I also added more salt in as I am trying to get the salt stable. Its a slow process but I am getting there.....maybe this weekend I can finally drop in shrimp and start my cycle, well see how it goes....when I can see the bottom again ill put in my rock next....

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Old 11-16-2013, 06:03 PM   #8
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Ok, what should the salinity be for salt water tank, right now its between 1.020 and 1.021? Is that ok?
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Typically you want about 1.025 give or take .01.
Fish only can be fine with a lower salinity but in a reef tank you want that 1.025
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Will fish be ok at 1.025?
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