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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Water clarity

I have a six week old tank, cycled and planted. I'm keeping ahead of the algae as the plants grow, but I have a few questions:

- How long, on average, does it take for a typical plant to acclimate? I have some grasses that are popping up white leaves rather than green... Is there too much light or are they just adjusting?

- The water is reasonably clear, but nothing like the crystal clarity I have with an established reef tank. Is this because the tank is still getting established or is there something I need to do to get greater clarity in the water?

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Do you have some driftwood in there? That is a very common trouble maker. . . DW is notorious for leaching tannin into the water. That will give you a brown-murky tinge in the water.
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I do have a big piece of driftwood. I've had situations before where they darken the water, but that's not an issue this time around. The water is more of a cloudy rather than tinted. It's not bad, just not that crystal clear look I see in other planted tanks as well as my reef tank.
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how long has the tank been running for?

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My tank took ages to clear up. I think a healthy biological and mechanical filter are important. Once that was on track things cleared up. And newly submerged wood can be an issue for sure.

White leaves? What is your set up? Perhaps the plants are already hungry for NPK+traces?


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The tank needs time to become established before the water clears. You can add purigen or carbon to your filter for the time being to help.
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if leaves come up white. major nutrient deficiency
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are you dosing anything?
feeding fish?

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finally something that its within my topic. i have one 20 gal tank i been feeding my guppies baby shrimp and my water is cloudy i stopped feeding my guppies the baby shrimp and gonna get some other food for them. Is there something i can do to help my water clear up or will it just do it on its own?
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I experienced the same "cloudiness" that you describe for about the first 5 weeks of my set up. One thing that I noticed reduced both the cloudiness and the surface scum/slick was adding red root floater to my tank. I had actually ordered Purigen with the intention of placing it in my canister filter when it arrived but I got hold of some RRF prior to receiving it.
Not really thinking about the results, I tossed the RRF in my tank and woke up to improved clarity on the first day. It has continued to improve....probably a combination of both my tank maturing or "settling in" and the RRF. I have held off using the Purigen so far because conditions seem to be improving significantly without it.
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Get a uv light.I started my tank with a bunch of plants and fish in one shot and have had nothing but crystal clear water since day one(3 weeks)And have never done a water change.Your substrate whatever it may be,could be an issue to
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Cloudiness usually indicates a cycle issue. It my be going ok and producing nitrate, but until it is very mature, there may be some cloudiness caused by bacteria. It happens to me every time I clean my canister filter, lasts a week or so. Excessive feeding also may contribute. Just make sure youre doing water changes, have good mechanical and bio filtration, and don't overfeed. It will clear up as your tank matures.
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Cloudiness usually indicates a cycle issue. It my be going ok and producing nitrate, but until it is very mature, there may be some cloudiness caused by bacteria. It happens to me every time I clean my canister filter, lasts a week or so. Excessive feeding also may contribute. Just make sure youre doing water changes, have good mechanical and bio filtration, and don't overfeed. It will clear up as your tank matures.
For the most part correct. The issue is 100% bio filtration. If it was brown green blue we would be talking algae or muck being stirred up white clouds are bacteria.
Feed ur tank it will go away between 3 weeks and 2 months. That time period is affected by flow and how well oxygenated the water is. The bacteria needs oxygen to create energy from the nitrogen process. More oxygen meens more food. More food means more growth. Higher phs help and so does a warmer climate

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i have a air stone in my tank as well i am hoping its just "settling in" and it will clear up on its own.
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do u think couple snails will help? besides my tank is only a couple days old.
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Time and water changes will help. No need to introduce new things or be impatient. Neptunes kingdom wasn't built in a day
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