Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 7:58 am Post subject: Water Cloudy - Help
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.)
PS - Checked both UG Powerhead & Canister working fine.
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.
Joined: Jan 24, 2005 Posts: 200 Location: Chembur, Mumbai
Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 11:55 am Post subject:
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.
Joined: Dec 19, 2005 Posts: 2753 Location: Surat, Gujarat
Posted: Tue May 30, 2006 6:52 pm Post subject:
@Aquascapes - Help me as always
Sir, the problem lies with the delicate chemistry of the tank being disturbed!
#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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