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post #1 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sand and Cloudy

I have a 125g tank and for month I cannot get it clear! The water condition is great! I was told that with sand it would never get clear! I have pool sand or silca sand! with my 55g It was always clear but I used gravel. If you have any suggestion before I go back to gravvel please share, would like to stay with sand it is so beautiful. running a rena filstar X4 if this can help.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 12:51 PM
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I have a 125g tank and for month I cannot get it clear! The water condition is great! I was told that with sand it would never get clear! I have pool sand or silca sand! with my 55g It was always clear but I used gravel. If you have any suggestion before I go back to gravvel please share, would like to stay with sand it is so beautiful. running a rena filstar X4 if this can help.

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Due to your tank size being so big, it will take a while for the sand to finally settle. Just give it some more time to settle it eventually will.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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How long approximatley will it take I have had it for over 6 months so far!
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If you thoroughly washed the sand before you put it in your tank, then it should not be cloudy for that long, no matter how big the tank. Pool filter sand is known to be very clean, unlike play sand so this is a very unusual case. The cloudy water could be a bacterial bloom, rather than sand after you made the switch. Although I don't think the bacterial blooms last that long. Try doing a couple water changes a week until you notice signs of it clearing up.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-19-2011, 02:04 PM
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For over 6 months, I would suggest the cloudiness is much more likely bacterial, not from the sand. I have had this condition. The solution is not always easy, as so many factors are involved.

How cloudy is it? Can you post a photo?

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For over 6 months, I would suggest the cloudiness is much more likely bacterial, not from the sand. I have had this condition. The solution is not always easy, as so many factors are involved.

How cloudy is it? Can you post a photo?

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I would also agree that you should have put the substrate into buckets and washed it a few times first. I would suggest frequent water changes.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-21-2011, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I will remove the sand and wash it some more then try the water change see what happen.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-21-2011, 10:48 AM
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Before I removed all of the sand to rinse again,, I might remove all rocks and decor to see if this helps.
Some rocks or pot's such as the one in photo can leech substances into water, glazing or paint can come off.
Fish in photo appears to be Jaguar cichlid? they will stir sand up quite a bit and might also contribute to cloudy condition's by rooting through sand and kicking up bit's of sand and or organic material in the process.
I might consider a sponge prefilter ove the intake of filter to prevent sand from finding it's way into impeller assembly.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Thanks! Will do
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