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SMS and cloudy water.....

How long does the water stay cloudy after you use SMS for your substrate?

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Are you using filter floss in your filter? This will help remove the cloud much faster.

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This is going to make me sound stupid, but what is filter floss?

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Right now I have a rena filter with the following:

Micro Sponge
Bio carbon
bio stars/bio rings
20 sponge
30 sponge

I also have hot magnum with the polishing filter in it.

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All You Need To Do Is Just Change The Water(50% Or More) And Let Your Filter Do The Work. My Tank Has Soilmaster(red), Cleared Right Up After Water Change!
Water Changes Are The Best Way To Fix Cloudy Water!
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Filter floss is simply a polyester fiber that is used as a water polisher.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4235

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I would just like to comment that yesterday I changed the substrate in my 55G from regular gravel to turface pro league red. I rinsed the turface for over an hour, filling up the bucket, sloshing it around to get the water cloudy, emptying and repeating.

After a continuous hour of doing this the water was somewhat clear, not perfect, but much better than in the beginning. I put it in my tank, added water very slowly and it still got cloudy. Not too bad, but to the point where I couldn't see the back of my tank from the front.

I just ran my filter overnight and when I woke up the water was much clearer, still not 100% clear, but getting there.

I would suggest rinsing it until you get fed up with doing so, then adding it to your tank. From there let your filter and water changes do the work.
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I have done a # of water changes, but it is still cloudy. I just a 75% water change and changed out the media in the filter. I will report back tomorrow to see if it has gotten any better.

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still super cloudy......

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How are you adding the water back in during the water changes? Are you sure you aren't accidentally stirring up the substrate when refilling?

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Also, as suggested above, fill up the top compartment of your XP3 with filter floss. It should clear up within 48 hours.

However, it could be a bacterial bloom, if so, it may take a week or so for that to clear up.
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I will try the filter floss.....the substrate is constantly getting stirred up. either my 9 in algea eater is stirring it up of the current of the tank in. I am hoping once the plants get in, this will be less of a problem.

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fish seem to be fine though

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Try swapping out your activated carbon for a brand new one... that cleared up my tank in no time.
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I've never used SMS but first time I used Fluorite I didn't know to wash it and I couldn't see into my tank for a week. Took about 2 weeks total for everything to settle down... sucked! LOL



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