Cloudy Water

Chago09

New member
My 90 gallon has been cloudy all of a sudden for two days now?? It looks like my FW water tanks when there is a cycle or high nitrites or ammonia. I have tested both in my 90 and have used two different test kits and results keep coming back as undetectable. Plus the corals are still wide open so I doubt there is any ammonia or nitrite because that would close them up tight immediatly.

Is there anything else in SW that could cause cloudy water??
 

tuckrule

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phosphates may. Do you have coral in you're tank? Does it clear after a water change? Do you run carbon? Is you're flow too strong across the sand bed?
 

Chago09

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yes I have coral in the tank and there look as normal, I wasn't gonna do a waterchange until Wednesday, thats usually my day for that. Flow does not effect the sand bed. No I do not run carbon
 

Michael

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do a water change as soon as you can, as for carbon i personally recommend you us it, i doubt your cloudy water problem will be cured using carbon regular water changes with good quality water will help, but i believe running carbon as well as a skimmer is benificial for the marine aquarium in the long run, i know a few auarists wont but this is my personal opinion
 

memorysan

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Original Post had this:

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12265878#post12265878 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Chago09
Plus the corals are still wide open so I doubt there is any ammonia or nitrite because that would close them up tight immediately.

Reply had this:

<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12265951#post12265951 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by tuckrule
Do you have coral in you're tank?

:lol: :confused: :rolleyes: :p
 

tuckrule

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I know... Normally I read responses and get mad because they didn't read the whole thing before they responded. And now I am one of those people!!!
 

tmz

ReefKeeping Mag staff
Premium Member
Cloudy water could be caused by a few things: Precipitation of calcium carbonate-If you are dosing buffer and your ph spiked what appears like a smowstorm can occur and leave chaulky material on your rock and submerged equipment. A bacterial bloom-if something died or if you added decaying material such as new live rock or dosed a carbon source . An algae bloom- If your nitrates and or phosphates are high either from using tap water or a buildup of detrius in the dand or rock crevices. New sand-pariculates from the sand wil float about for a day or two.

Corals will not necessarily react to ammonia and nitrite/nitrate in the short term.
 

Chago09

New member
no I am not dosing calcium or buffers

Yes something may have died, I have not seen my little watchman goby for weeks. It may have caused a bacteria bloom. My ammo and trite are zero so that means its all ok right?? the bacteria bloom is not dangerous and will go away right??

No I use RO/DI and my nitrate in tank is undetectable
 

stingythingy45

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It is most definitely a bacteria bloom.
I had one that would not go away in a QT tank.I ended up keeping my PH really high(8.4) with limewater topoffs and lights off for 3 days.I think you better check that skimmer out and do some maintenance if you're not getting good skimmate from it.
 
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