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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 7:58 am Post subject: Water Cloudy - Help Reply with quote

 I  am  having  a  SW  Tank.  42"x15"x12"  =  32.7G  Crushed  Coral  Substrate  2  inch  layer.  LRs.  Atman  Canister  EF2,  Skimmer  (Air  Pump  based)  ,  UG  with  Power  head  (Cant  remember  the  capacity  but  can  assure  you  it  is  good)  
 Till  date  i  was  maintaining  crystal  clear  water.
 3-4  days  ago  i  had  redone  the  aquascaping  (removed  the  whole  bunch  of  Base  Rocks  and  replaced  with  cured  LRs)
 The  water  went  dirty  ,  but  cleared  after  the  filter  could  show  its  effect.
 But  unfortunately  ,  when  i  put  on  the  PL  lights  i  can  see  that  the  water  is  not  crystal  clear  but  cloudy.  (V  Fine  grains  of  dust  like  particles  freely  flowing  along  with  the  direction  of  flow.)
 I  cleaned  up  the  canister  filter  and  let  it  work  again  whole  night...no  change...I  put  my  LRs  away  from  the  way  of  the  output  of  the  UG  ...let  the  filter  do  its  job...but  again  no  change.  I  also  put  off  my  UG  filter  powerhead  for  sometime  thinking  that  its  output  force  may  be  causing  the  calcium  and  dirt  on  LR  to  erode  and  spill  in  tank,  but  not  much  change.
 I  did  30%  water  change...No  change  in  the  quality!  
 What  could  be  the  possible  reasons  for  the  cloudiness.  When  the  tank  lights  are  off  and  room  lights  /  daylight  is  there,  the  tank  looks  crystal  clear  untill  i  put  on  the  tank  lights.  (Earlier  my  tank  lights  used  to  be  ON  and  the  tank  would  still  be  clear....with  very  little  impurities  visible...but  now  its  far  too  higher.)
 Please  suggest.
 PS  -  Checked  both  UG  Powerhead  &  Canister  working  fine.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 10:07 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Dude!  Once  your  tank  is  set  genreally  avoid  changing  the  scaping!  Anyways  now  that  u  have  done  that  you  did  a  mistake  with  cleaning  the  Canister  (  u  got  rid  of  all  the  bacteria  in  there).  Then  u  switched  off  the  UG,  well  if  that  was  off  for  long  u  again  killed  the  bacteria  in  there.  How  on  earth  did  u  expect  that  turning  off  the  filter  would  clean  the  water.  Anwayw  what  you  probably  see  is  the  debris  from  the  LR  that  is  clouding  the  tank  or  a  bacterial  boom.  I  suspect  its  the  first  possiblity.  I  would  strongly  suggest  u  stop  fiddling  with  the  tank  any  more  and  let  is  be  by  itself  for  another  3-4  days.  The  water  should  clear  out.  DONT  KEEP  CHANGING  ANY  AQUASCAPING  OR  TURNING  OFF  ANY  POWERHEAD  OR  FILTER.
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 When  you  introduced  the  LR  you  have  also  introduced  a  massive  bio  load.  The  cloudiness  is  because  of  the  bacterial  bloom.  This  is  a  good  thing  and  the  same  will  clear  in  a  couple  of  days.  Keep  the  water  flow  at  full  throttle.
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 3:20 pm Post subject: @ Aqua & Rajeev Reply with quote

 Thanks  Guys,
 
 Are  there  any  more  possibilities  of  the  cloudiness?
 
 @  Apurva...
 
 Wow  man,  you  scold  a  lot!!  Smile  Thanks  for  being  so  concerned  though,  feels  good  to  be  taken  care  of.
 I  promise  i  will  not  touch  my  tank  for  3-4  days  like  you  said    Very Happy
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@Aquascapes  -  Help  me  as  always                

 Sir,  the  problem  lies  with  the  delicate  chemistry  of  the  tank  being  disturbed!
 Probabilities:
 #1  -  the  UGF  got  choked  which  killed  the  bio-bacteria
 #2  -  the  live  rocks  are  probably  not  well  cured  and  still  producing  waste
 #3  -  the  combination  of  LR  &  UGF  is  not  a  very  bright  idea!
 #4  -  the  external  filter  which  you  cleaned  also  washed  out  most  of  the  bio-bacteria.
 #5  -  the  bacteria  might  have  starved  in  the  UGF  as  most  of  the  nutrients  are  taken  up  by  the  LRs  and  the  bacteria  in  the  UGF  might  have  choked  and  died  which  is  responsible  for  the  dead  bacteria  bloom.
 
 corrective  measures  are:
 Either  take  out  the  LR  and  keep  the  UGF  running  24X7  or  do  away  with  the  UGF  totally!
 If  you  still  want  to  keep  your  UGF  then  try  the  reverse  flow  UGF.
 Check  water  parameters  and  dose  bio-bacteria  if  there  is  an  ammonia  spike.
 Keep  the  water  well  oxygenated.
 DO  NOT  I  repeat  DO  NOT  over-stock  the  tank  with  fish  or  inverts
 More  when  you  post  your  water  parameters.............
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 cloudy  water  -  means  there  is  lot  of  nutrition  in  the  water.....ie  the  biobacteria  (  bio  filteration  not  working....  and  this  condition  has  let  to  booming  of  unwanted  bacterias.....  in  the  water......
 
 
 these  bacterias  are  attracted  by  the  food  (nutrition)  present  in  the  water.....
 
 reduce  feeding  and  change  some  water......
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 how  is  your  skimmer  working?
 are  you  getting  any  skimmate?
 have  you  got  your  ammonia  and  nitrites  checked?
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