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onefish2fish 08-18-2008 03:51 PM

Help, my water is cloudy
 
ok i added 60lbs ocean direct live sand (original grade) in my 46gallon bowfront yesterday afternoon/evening and did NOT pre-wash it. i was told not to, and figured alot of benefitial bacteria would be washed away.now my waters cloudy and it appears the "dust" of the sand particles is gently sitting on the sand surface of my sand, i know the slightest water movement will just stir it up again, any ideas on what to do? (theres a 10gallon light, lighting the aquarium from the tank next to it, its just a temp.)
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/8541_cloudy2_1.jpg

http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/8541_cloudy_1.jpg

you can see the "dust" sitting on the powerhead and some foam
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/854...owerhead_1.jpg

and finally theres foam on the top of my waters surface, should it be left alone or skimmed off? i was thinking this was some bacteria reacting?
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/854...ter_foam_1.jpg

Pasfur 08-19-2008 06:29 AM

Relax, there is nothing to worry about.-)

Yes, remove the foam from the water surface. The cloudiness will settle down within 24 to 48 hours. For the first couple of weeks you will stir some of this up as you mess around in the tank, adding rock and decorations. No big deal.

I am surprised this sand was not pre rinsed more effectively. One of the biggest benefits of live sand is the ability to add it directly to your aquarium without clouding the water. I'm afraid your bag was the exception to the rule.

Nice depth and grain size. I think it will work out great for you.

Quaddity 08-19-2008 12:14 PM

It'll clear up after a few days and then after a couple weeks will be settled and won't stir up from the bottom either.

onefish2fish 08-19-2008 02:19 PM

thanks. water is ever so slowly clearing and foam removed from surface but even with the dust like sand that accumilated a layer on the bottom and even on the power head as seen in the picture?

Quaddity 08-20-2008 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onefish2fish
thanks. water is ever so slowly clearing and foam removed from surface but even with the dust like sand that accumilated a layer on the bottom and even on the power head as seen in the picture?

My tank did the same thing. 2 weeks later you could stir the sand and not raise up much dust. It'll settle down.

Ricko 10-01-2008 09:36 AM

yeah nothing to worry about. Remove surface foam like you have been advised and let everything settle down.

onefish2fish 10-01-2008 10:00 PM

yea thanks ricko but this thread is 2 months old.


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