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Old 12-17-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Water milky white

My water turned milky white about a week ago. Can't seem to get it cleared up. I've been told that I have a Phosporase problem, others have told me that I have a bacteria bloom. But everyone tells me not to worry. That's hard to do when you want to see a beautifully clean tank and you barely can see your fish. Can anyone help me?
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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lets get some details please about your tank. How long have you been running this tank? have you tested your water? if so post the results please. How long do you leave your lights running? How often do you feed your tank?
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Have had tank about 3 months. All water perameters are fine. Lights go on about 6:30 am and off at 8:30 am. Then on again at 4:30 pm and off at 10:30 pm. I feem my tank once a day.
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Have had tank about 3 months. All water perameters are fine. Lights go on about 6:30 am and off at 8:30 am. Then on again at 4:30 pm and off at 10:30 pm. I feem my tank once a day.
Does that stress the fish out, having two days for every day?
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Any corals? Wondering if anybody is releasing something.

I'm guessing you're speaking of phosphates. Get a test kit ASAP while you're at it.

Using tap water to fill your tank? Could be loaded with phosphates. So could your food. What're you using to feed?

On the light thing, I'd strongly recommend doing lights on and off only once in a day. Your inhabitants will do better if you simulate a natural daylight and night cycle. I'd recommend on at 2:30pm and off at 10:30.
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I agree that your lights need to come off and on once a day. Do you use tap water? Also can you give us some hard numbers on your water test results?
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I agree.
How old is your tank?
You have some damsels in there that can turn nasty to any future additions.
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I only use RO water from the LFS. I forgot about the Xenia. That's the only coral I have. I also have a blue legged hermit crab, a banded coral shrimp, a scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp, 2 nassarius snails, 2 astras and 1 mexican turbo. I recently lost one other turbo. I stayed in tank for about a week before we noticed it. It's beginning to show signs that's something is wrong. I can change my lighting to once a day. We just wanted to enjoy them before leaving for work in the morning. What kind of test kit do you use for phosphates? My test results are: pH - 8.0, ammonia - 0 to .25, nitrite - 0, nitrate - 0. For feeding I use frozen brine shrimp, marine snow, PhytoFeast, and saltwater flakes, all of which were recommended by my LFS.
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whens the last time you did a pwc? was anything done to the tank before this happened?
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Did a PWC last Sunday. I also cleaned the substrate, vacuuming up some brown algae. That did stir up the sand. That's about when my problem began. Could that be what caused it?
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