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Milky/Chalky water

First off, a Sera test kit is on the way but won't arrive until Friday.


Second, my numbers come from the water district, not test strips.



Okay, I've been advised that my 60ppm GH, 50 ppm KH water isn't hard enough for the planned shrimp colony, so I'm adding enough GH Booster according to the directions for a 3 dGH increase. It's a 7.5g tank, so I added ~1 tsp last week for the initial dose; the result was a noticeably chalky looking tank all week. For today's 20 % WC, I added a dash and a smidgen of GH Booster (1/32 and 1/64 tsp) with the same results.



If the Sera test confirms the values are correct, is this the new normal? It doesn't look good at all.

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What GH booster are you using? Are you adding it directly to the tank?
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Ultimate GH Booster from Green Leaf Aquariums, a leftover bag from five years ago. I added it to the WC container, but not all had dissolved on the initial dose, so granules sat in the tank for awhile. In fact, you may see some in the shrimp grading pics posted earlier today in that forum.



I moved a short distance several years ago, but enough that the water source changed. The old source was 8 dGH, but wasn't remotely cloudy like this.

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The water now has a brown cast to it for no apparent reason. All inhabitants are happily going about their business; the filter intakes are clear, and there's no sign of drowned insects. I'm at a loss.

Diatoms from the sand being stirred up slightly?

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The use of GLA's GH Booster appears to have been entirely coincidental to the chalky, milky appearance. I drained the tank and replaced it with DI water remineralized with Salty Shrimp GH/KH+ and the issue is beginning again. This leads me to believe it is a bacteria issue, not chemical. I'll follow up over in the algae forum.

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Apologies for never responding - I must have completely missed that this thread updated! Fingers crossed you can figure it out.
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