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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Why does my water look like this?



OK here is my set up: 75 gal, coral life CF 4x65W 6700, CO2

This is day 5 on my new tank... I have been dosing EI since day one, GH booster and excell on day one... I have not done a water change yet...

The problem is the water looks a bit cloudy/milky...

I have done a search and found this might be a bacterial bloom?

I have my CO2 bubble rate at 3 BPS, it is fed into a ceramic diffuser then into a Hagen mini intank filter... See pic... It does a great job as the bubbles are so fine, almost like a mist...



Could this be the culprit of the milky water?

Nitrates and ammonia and nitrites are 0... water is from the tap at ph 7.2, GH 4-5 and KH 6...

Should I just do a water change or wait till day 7 as the EI method states...

I have 6 SAES and two shrimp and their all doing fine...

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I'd bet it's a bacterial bloom. IME do some water changes and it'll go away.

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water changes... Ok how much and how often? will this mess with the EI method? do i continue to dose the same?

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Bacterial blooms usually fizzle out all by themselves within a week or two. Water changes can help speed the process along, though

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I'm not sure about EI. I used to get bacterial blooms all of the time, but I haven't in years, so I have no idea about the dosing.
I'd do a ~25% water change tonight and see how it looks in the morning. Once you change a certain amount of water, it clears up pretty fast; at least it did for me...
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a little off topic but why is it suggested to do water changes at night?
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yup agree a bacterial bloom.. it go away soon. ^^ Well i havent heard of this before,but people probably say it because the fish are asleep and so when you change the water it wont stress out the fish IMO it really doesnt matter..

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Are you using Eco-complete? My tanks look the same whenever I mess with plants in the substrate. Goes away after a day or two.
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Throw a pack of Purigen in the filter. The next day: CRYSTAL CLEAR.

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If it's only the 5th day after initially setting it up then it's most likely the finer particles of your substrate that's causing the cloudiness.
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i dont think that he meant that you should do it at night, i've never heard of that either. i think he just said tonight because it was later in the day already. but we can let him/her speak for themselves, lol.

it does look like a bacteria bloom to me too. which is very normal in new tanks. and it goes away on its own. you dont have any fish in your water so if it was me i wouldnt change any water. i would just ride it out.
new substrate will cause this too as its pretty dusty and takes a while for it to filter/settle out.

although i think its bacteria its a good idea to rule out algae. put some of the water in a white cup (styrofoam or plastic or something) and make sure there is no green tint to it.
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oh. chopping up co2 very finely can make tiny little micro bubbles which can also make the water look cloudy. probably not to the extent that you're experiencing though
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Are you using Eco-complete? My tanks look the same whenever I mess with plants in the substrate. Goes away after a day or two.
I am using eco complete... i didt rinse it before using it either...
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substrate can make your water look cloudy or it can make your water look like guiness. check out my post here http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...lourite&page=3
thats what happens when you dont rinse flourite at all
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I am using eco complete... i didt rinse it before using it either...
Did you use the clarifier packet that came with it? If not it will take a few days for all that dust to settle.
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