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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2007, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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CLEARED UP!! Onyx Sand = Cloudy water

Thanks for all the advice. I didnt have to start over. I used my powerhead and some patience and the water is crystal clear.

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I combined my 2 10g shrimnp tanks into a single 18g bowfront. I bought some onyx-sand substrate....capped it off with black gravel which was in the previously mentioned 10g's. The onyx sand, even tho rinsed, has ruiined my water. Its milky white. I have let it rest, filtered it, changed it to no avail.

Do I have to start over?

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My guess is it's dust. Just let it settle... Or it could be a bacterial bloom. Give it some time and see how it goes.

Why did you cover it?

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I combined my 2 10g shrimnp tanks into a single 18g bowfront. I bought some onyx-sand substrate....capped it off with black gravel which was in the previously mentioned 10g's. The onyx sand, even tho rinsed, has ruiined my water. Its milky white. I have let it rest, filtered it, changed it to no avail.

Do I have to start over?

chaz
It will be that way for a while and give off dust grenades until the fine particles work themselves to the bottom....DC
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Onyx is the dirtiest substrate I have ever personally worked with. It needs to be rinsed or you will never get the water clear. Just the filter action alone will keep the dust suspended in the water column.

See my reply in your duplicate post.
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I rinsed mine over...and over...and over...and over...and over. And THEN it was half clean. I let it settle without running the filter for about 3 hours. Then all was good.
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