Tank cloudy

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  1. TMartinez

    TMartinez Bristle Worm

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    My tank has been cloudy since I got it. It cleared up a bit after a day or two but still isn't perfect. Its not my glass because the rock that is against it looks clear, so it must be the water. Plus if I look down front he top its cloudy too. Thoughts? ​
     
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  3. sticksmith23

    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    What size tank do you have and what are your params like? Also do you use RO/DI water or use tap?

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    How long has it been setup?
     
  4. coylee_17

    coylee_17 Fire Goby

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    How long has the tank been up and cloudy? Did you rinse the sand well before adding it? What do you have for flow? Filtration? What are your parameters?

    Also on a side note if you have your rock touching the glass you may want to consider moving it as cleaning the glass will be impossible around that area.

    Jake
     
  5. TMartinez

    TMartinez Bristle Worm

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    Tank is a 90g that I bought used of CL. It was already setup and running when I got it. I have had it about 2 or 3 weeks now. It has a wet/dry filter on it. I feel like it was clearer and then got cloudy again. I was thinking possible bacterial bloom?
     
  6. TMartinez

    TMartinez Bristle Worm

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    Water parameters... everything is perfect except nitrate which is 30ppm
     
  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It could be a bacterial bloom, perhaps test for ammonia and nitrates and see where they fall.

    If you are not using any mechanical filtration like flow/sponge/sock I would start there. Next I would make sure power heads are not stirring up the substrate.

    A typical bacterial bloom should subside unless something is feeding it. I would run some new carbon and cut back on feedings and see if that makes a difference.

    Good Luck
     
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  9. TMartinez

    TMartinez Bristle Worm

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    Y know i did start adding a phytofeed to the tank. I added 5ml yesterday and 5ml three days before that... maybe thats what is feeding it?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Makes sense, I would start there.
     
  11. coylee_17

    coylee_17 Fire Goby

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    I think you're on the right track with the bacterial bloom and phytofeed. Corailline's suggestions are the same as comes to mind here. Good luck getting it under control.
     
  12. Mike Gerens

    Mike Gerens Plankton

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    try using some chemipure. that works well for me. also, brightwell microbacter works.