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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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cloudy water normal for new tank?

Hi, my tank has been set up for a week. I did my first water change today. The water has been cloudy since day one. After the change it is still cloudy. Is this normal? When can I expect it to clear up?




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my guess is that it's from your substrate. how much of a water change did you do? i would check out a product called Clear Water made by a company called Jungle. it did wonders for my water. it makes the dust particles cling to each other and rise, so all you have to do is skim the top.


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I did a 50% water change. I was very careful to put a plate on the bottom when filling for the first time, and the second time the water never got near the substrate. I did add carbon to the filters to help for a while. Tina
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yeah i rinsed my substrate and put a plate on the bottom and the same thing happened. maybe check to see how brown your filter media are from the dust?


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Almost looks like Greenwater in there. But being very recent, its probably just cloudy with the substrate's floating fines. Yet after one week and a water change, I think it may be GW and you'll have to take measures such as a blackout or UV clarifier like a Turbo-Twist made by Coralife, if it is GW. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113778





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Thanks, I will check/rinse filters and it does look like a green/brown haze. I will look into the products you guys suggested! Actually the tank came to me with a uv sterilizer, but I didnt hook it up. I may have to now. Tina
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Put some tank water in a white bowl or bucket. If it looks even the slightest bit green then it's GW.
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UV that sucker...cause if it is GW it will clear up...ifit's not then you won't ever have to deal with GW and you can start figuring out what it really is.

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I put some in a white bowl, and it is slightly brown not green at all. So this means I need to clean filters and.....? Tina
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If it's brown it's either from wood or the substrate.
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I did add carbon to the filters to help for a while. Tina
If it is from the substrate, carbon will do nothing.

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I have a huge piece of driftwood in there, but I had it soaking for 2 months or more before using it. If its going to cause this, then its coming out and I will just use rocks or fake wood. My substrate is ADA Aquasoil with the Power sand S. Tina
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Tmm, giving it some time man. If you wanna rush through this you aren't going to get anywhere. Try doing what Rex suggested and go on from there, a week isn't going to be enough to fix this problem.
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From what I've read so far it sounds lilke the driftwood.....a couple of questions.

Before you put the driftwood in the tank did you scrub it with a brush? When you had it soaking for 2 months how often did you change the water?
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I didnt scrub the wood. I would dump the water( which at first was a horrible brown after one day) once a week. Should I take it out and scrub it? You cant really see it in the pic, its on the right hand side. Thanks, Tina
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