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Old 12-30-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
 
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Cloudy water

I just converted my 60 gallon freshwater to saltwater. I added base sand (sugar sized) and base rock and have the proper salt content.

This was done just over 24 hours ago and the water is still very cloudy. Should I stop the filters and pumps to speed the clearing or would that not help at all?

I'm hoping to add the live rock and sand as well as a couple of snails and crabs tomorrow.

Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:59 AM   #2
 
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I think sand of any sort can take up to 3 days to clear up. I have heard that running your filter during this time can actually ruin it or at the least clog it up. Not sure. My tank took about a day to clear.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:47 AM   #3
 
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I just converted my 60 gallon freshwater to saltwater. I added base sand (sugar sized) and base rock and have the proper salt content.

This was done just over 24 hours ago and the water is still very cloudy. Should I stop the filters and pumps to speed the clearing or would that not help at all?

I'm hoping to add the live rock and sand as well as a couple of snails and crabs tomorrow.

Thanks!
When you say "converted", how did you go about this process? Sometimes on the internet a member will say something in such a way that makes me raise an eyebrow, and this is one of those cases. I want to make sure you are getting off to a good start!

Also, what type of filters are you running?
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:11 AM   #4
 
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I did a complete tear down and scrubbed everything clean. Started with a bare tank and added water/salt then added base rock and sand.

Hardware that's running:

Fluval 305 with nothing but carbon in it
Sea Clone 100 protein skimmer http://www.aquariumguys.com/seprsk.html
AA 24W UV sterilizer http://www.aa-aquarium.com/catalog/p...products_id=61
2 - Maxi-Jet 400 power heads
2 - 300W heaters (one set slightly lower as a backup)

I'm using Instant Ocean salt mix. 15 pounds of salt and I'm still coming in it 1.021 SG

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Old 01-01-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
 
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You've done everything right, nice job. Its hard to tell if you are describing a bacterial bloom or if you just have sand which has not settled. I would probably turn off the canister filter to see if that helps. I would also add live rock and sand from the very beginning. I realize the it may be hard to even see what you are doing, but the live rock could help to settle things down if this is a bacterial bloom.

I would try to avoid adding anything to the tank at this point that would feed on microfauna. You should encourage large microfauna populations and really want to see thriving copepods and amphipods in the tank before you consider snails, crabs, or small fish.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
 
it takes several days for the water to clear up. sometimes it can take a week. wipe you glass as this could just be silt setteling on the inside glass. turn off you uv so the biological filtration will seed faster. the other thing is how did you mix your water? if you started with salt first and while adding water this can also cause the water to be cloudy. always start with water first and add salt and bring up the sg to desired level otherwise precipitation can occur causing cloudy water.
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:30 AM   #7
 
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I filled the aquarium 3/4 of the way with water and then added the salt. I made sure it was fully dissolved before adding the base rock and sand.

Yesterday I added the live rock and live sand, which made it really cloudy again.

If I turn the UV sterilizer off will I be faced with a huge algae bloom that will tough to get control of?
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Old 01-01-2011, 11:55 AM   #8
 
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If I turn the UV sterilizer off will I be faced with a huge algae bloom that will tough to get control of?

no i don't even have a uv on my setup. i used to have one but realized that i dont need it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:09 PM   #9
 
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Things are clearing up nicely. I added 18 hermit crabs and we'll see how they do before I add anything else, but so far so good.

I was going to attach a picture, but my camera battery is dead, so I'll do that as soon as the battery is charged up. LOL
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:25 PM   #10
 
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