Originally Posted by VitalHandz
I have not added any chemicals at all....
I'm confused. You said in your previous post:
...as far as water nothing added besides dechlorinator.calcium and alkilinity...
So have you been adding calcium and an alkalinity buffer? Or did you just mean you haven't added any more chemicals recently?
Everything turning white sounds like what I said in that earlier post... the calcium is precipitating out of the saltwater.
This really oversimplifies what could be going on, but let's just say that two components of that saltwater are calcium and carbonate. The amount of calcium or carbonate that can be in the saltwater at any given time is directly related to how much of the other is present. You can basically have one of three things in your tank:
1. High alkalinity and low calcium
2. Low alkalinity and high calcium
3. Balanced alkalinity and calcium
You can't have high alkalinity and high calcium... the two just won't cooperate that way!
So lets say you have a bunch of calcium in your salt water (from dosing calcium) and add enough buffer over time to finally reach the point that the calcium says "That's it... I can't take it any more... I'm outta here." The high carbonate levels from the buffer causes the calcium to "undissolve" from the saltwater. It does that by forming little particles in your water, and snowing inside your tank. It will continue to do this until the calcium and carbonate levels have reached a balance. The only way to stop it before it gets to that level is to lower the alkalinity. Water changes are the best way to do that. This is why it's important to know your alkalinity AND calcium levels if you dose either one of those things. It's even more important to understand what changing any one of those parameters will do to the other. Here's a good link on ca
Chemistry and the Aquarium
Regarding the cycle... seems odd that your nitrites have suddenly gone away, but it could've been just where you were at in your cycle. No ammonia kit or readings?
..starting over would prob not be a smart thing even tho I might feel better knowing its is a fresh set-up but not exactly the right thing so i will just wait out the storm....
Just realized that my comment in my previous post could've been taken differently than I meant it! When I said... "It's like you're starting over again - which might not be a bad thing." I didn't mean I thought starting over would be a good thing. All I meant was that with your tank appearing to be cycling again, it was like you were getting a "redo" on your tank anyways. In effect, you ARE starting over. If I was in your shoes, I wouldn't even be thinking about starting over!