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Old 10-30-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
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An Aquarium "Side View" Question...

Is it considered normal to find the water a bit more hazy and cloudy when viewing a tank from the side rather than head-on?

It seems when I view my 60 gallon from the front, the water is beginning to exhibit that "polished," oxygen-rich, clear look, but when I view from the side(s), it looks murky and cloudy; is this normal? What would cause it if not?
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You're looking through a lot more water when you look through the side. Thats the only explanation I've ever come up with
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You're looking through a lot more water when you look through the side. Thats the only explanation I've ever come up with
That's because it is the reason.
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I always saw that on my tanks in the past, and some of the saltwater tanks I work on are kind of brownish from side to side. This one:

Tank Journal - 135 FOWLR

Was really bad in that respect, after I did a lot of clean-up and added Purigen (I know, I talk about it a lot) it went crystal clear. This one:

Tank Journal - 225 SW FOWLR, Possible future reef

Looks great from the front, but very brown with only 10,000Ks on, better with Actinics on also.

My 55 planted community has been and side to side ever since using Purigen. It really polishes the water up well. I had a 55 cichlid tank when I was a teenager and it was always cloudy from side to side (but it was running a UGF and in front of a window). So I don't know if it has anything to do with live plants or Purigen or filtration method (Marinelane C-360) or frequent PWCs (50% weekly) or something else, but my tank is almost perfectly clear all the time, no matter which direction you look through it.
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If it looks cloudy from the side, it isn't as clear as you thought.
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Here's my 55 from the front



Side with then without flash





Funny that you can see the PWC line. Algae doesn't grow back as fast from the exposure to air! Hard to tell from the pic, 'cause the 'no flash' pics always are washed out - but it's clear as a window.
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Is it considered normal to find the water a bit more hazy and cloudy when viewing a tank from the side rather than head-on?

It seems when I view my 60 gallon from the front, the water is beginning to exhibit that "polished," oxygen-rich, clear look, but when I view from the side(s), it looks murky and cloudy; is this normal? What would cause it if not?
As I said over at AC, it should really be clear! Have you tried adding some filter floss to your filter? Supposedly this will 'polish' the water by removing most suspended particles.
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That is the WAY I judge whether or not my 220 is REALLY clear. I always view it from the side. If I can see straight through ALL 6 feet of tank right through, crystal clear, then I KNOW my tank is clear. If it's a little hazy, I know I need to do something. ie-change my carbon, water change, etc.
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Look through the glass, then look through the water from the top with the filters off. My water is clearer than my glass and the only things in my filter are sponge and ceramic biomedia.
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I only clean the front glass so the sides have algae on them so it's never clear when viewing from the side.
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