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DYHamazon 03-19-2010 09:18 AM

55 to 90G tank transfer-Cloudy water still?
I didn't know where to post this in the other thread or here. I haven't aquascaped or added anything to disturb the sand in almost 3 days now..and my water is still cloudy. In fact, it seems a little cloudier today than yesterday. All my powerheads are pointing slightly upward, so I'm not sure what's disturbing the sand. Since this tank was bigger, I did add a little more sand to keep it a DSB, but i thought it would have all settled by now.
My nitrate's around 20, cal is 400 and alkalinity is 10. I'm still working on getting those up.
I'm also not sure if my skimmer is working properly. Today's the first day i emptied it and it had the bubbly gooey stuff in it. It usually has some sort of clay stuff in it..not sure if this is floating sand that catches in it or what. I don't know if I need my cup set up high or low.
Heres some pictures

DYHamazon 03-19-2010 09:27 AM

Now that i think about it, maybe this is solely from curing the LR in my tank. So maybe this is normal until the rock cures?

wake49 03-19-2010 02:30 PM

Is there nothing in the tank but the Live Rock? Maybe you should turn off some of those powerheads. Let everything settle down a little. You will need some flow in the tank, so don't shut off everything, just most of it.

Does your water smell bad?

DYHamazon 03-19-2010 03:54 PM

It's got 4" of sand all the way around, 75 lbs of dry rock and about 11 lbs of live rock (uncured). I'll turn off the powerheads and leave the skimmer on and see if it settles. I just have 2 powerheads and theyre not pointing at the sand lol.
The last tank didnt take this long to clear up. The water smells fine-the rock itself stunk though when I swapped tanks.

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