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Old 06-25-2009, 01:45 AM   #1
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Dust like Particles in my FOWLR tank - Is this normal??


I am a newbie and I have a question about my new aquarium. I bought a t5 light fixture with a white and blue bulb. I have a protein skimmer and a large sump running at the bottom of the tank. I have about 4" deep of live sand and a bunch of live rock. Right now, I have a 100 gallon marine tank with the following:

1 naso
1 kole
1 puffer
1 angel
bunch of hermit crab

I noticed that I have debri or dust like particles in the tank. I can see it midway and all the way to the top. I am sure that the live sand settled in way long ago and I am curious what could that be. This is my first saltwater tank. I had freshwater aquariums before. I never seen particles like this at the LFS and was wondering is this normal? What could be causing the debri in the water and is there a way to cure it?

Other than that, everything is going dandy.

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Old 06-25-2009, 04:18 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA...How old is your tank? What are the water parameters?
Ammonia. Nitrite,Nitrate, SG and DKH and CA levels
SG=specific gravity or Salinity,
DKH= your water alkalinity

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Could it be small mico bubbles? That`s what it is in my tank.
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If your skimmer doesn't have it's return ran to the oposite end of your sump (away from the return pump) the micro bubbles like melosu mentioned could be pumped back up to your main tank.

You also mentioned it's a new tank with sand, how new is it? it's possible that small particles could still be suspended in the water.

If it doesn't go away and you are sure it isn't micro-bubbles, I see PWC in your future!
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