Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Williston, Vermont
I struggled for about a month with cloudy/dirty water. All my own fault. I never rinsed the substrate Flourite Black ((21) 15.4lb bags) prior to putting it in, so when I filled the tank it from day one it was super cloudy. I was using RO water (That is pumped up from the basement. 55 gallon per day system, into a 100 gallon container. I’ll show pictures later of that setup), so I could only get about 80-90 gallons of water out at a time. I should have just drained the tank and started over, but I did not. I thought that running the filters and doing 50% of the water at a time would make it better…but took a lot longer than it should have.
Once it started to clear up, I added plants, but by adding plants I just made the water cloudy again and started the whole process of dealing with cloudy water again.
Finally, it started to clear up, I added some fish for some more bio load. Surprisingly, I never lost a single fish…except for 2 that jumped out lol.
I really wish I took more photos during those first few months, but this is it after running for about 4 months.
This is the first picture I took of the tank…do not judge…not a great picture, as I am still learning on how to take photos of it..and wasn't planning on posting...but I learned a lot during the process, and hope I can help anyone else learn from my mistakes.
At that time, I was still running a 3rd filter setup with filter floss to remove the particulates that were still coming up every time I did anything in the substrate.
So for any one else starting a tank…rinse your substrate first!
180 Gallon Tank w/blackout window tint for background
16mm Stainless Inflow/Outflow Pipe
16mm Stainless Inflow/Outflow Pipe w/surface skimmer
(2) Eheim 4 Pro 600 (2275)
(2) Eheim 300W Heater – Inline
SunSun CUV-736 UV Sterilizer – Inline
CO2 Injection – Inline
Smith Dual Stage Regulator
Portor Instrument B-125-6 Flowmeter…SO MUCH BETTER THEN BUBBLE COUNTER
(3) Kessil A360X w/dongle
(2) APT SP200FOC Peristaltic Pump
(2) INTLLAB Magnetic Stirrer
Max Water Flow 6 Stage RO System 50GPD
Neptune Apex Classic
Neptune Apex WAV