Cloudy should I be worried?

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I’m just setting up a new tank and used premixed water from shop live rock & normal sand. Been running for about 10 days with an internal skimmer in at about day 4 (great tunez 9004 one as recommended here). Tested the water at the local shop and they suggested I should try to add some hermit crabs as all looked ok so added and left a few days.

All seems well so I tested the water again, it was a little salty (0.028) so I added about 1-2% RO water. Alkali was about 1/2 recommended value so I started to use a Red Sea reef maturation kit. Followed all the instructions. Turned lights off in the tank and went to bed.

When I got up and turned the lights on the water was slightly cloudy - I was wondering if this was maybe due to the additives need light to kick start / perhaps it’s normal and will clear ...

Should I be worried / get home as quickly as possible after work and do a water change 😬 or Am I just suffering newbie anxiety and should just leave to do the natural process and should clear. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do another set of tests but will do tonight when I get back.

 Crabs are still alive which I took as a good sign !!

Here are the test results too:   
                  salinity   PH   KH 0.5KH dKH   Mep/L   NO2/Nitrite   NO3/Nitrate   NH3/NH4 Amonia
31/11/17   0.028   8.2   4                           1.34   0.2 ppm               2   ppm       0
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2017 9:29:25 am by Rik derris

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Reply #1

you want your salinity in the 1.024-1.026 mark
buy yourself an handheld refractometer cheap these days,ph seem ok you need your nitrite at 0 partial water change should fix it,nitrate ok ,ammonia ok,as to the cloudiness your powerhead is not blowing sand around ?

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Reply #2

Hi mate, welcome to ReefBase

Cloudiness likely to be bacterial bloom from the reef maturation kit,  depending on which of the potions you added.  One is a bunch of strains of bacteria, (Nitro Bac)  & Nopox is basically bacteria fuel. You probably do not need to be adding this last one yet.   I can't remember exactly what bactostart is, might want to check the instructions on that one.

My advice would be to slow down, don't change/add anything and check it again in a few days.  ;)  Keep the skimmer on as bacterial blooms can deplete the oxygen in the water and the bubbles will help aerate the water.


Also...What are you using to test salinity? And when/how was it calibrated? 

Can you post a pic so we can see how cloudy it is?
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2017 10:14:35 am by ajm83

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Thanks or the advice, i'll pause with the reef maturation kit then pick it up again after a few days (the instructions had a day by day list of amounts to be added up to 21 days)


I measured the salinity with a reflectometer i picked up from amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014CXHFEY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  and calibrated with RO water first at the w/e.


@chilliman - i don't think it's the powerhead  as the sand was fine and settled for a fews days with it on, however i may have stirred it up a bit adding the RO water.


When i get home tonight i'll take a pic and post along with doing test daily for a few days to see if/what the changes may be and then if nitrate is still the same do a 20% water change and test again before continuing.  Oh and see if still have live crabs!


In hindsight adding the reef starter kit at the same time was not a good idea too many changes at once - the kit advises that once you start you need to keep going and not miss any days for it work effectively or have an adverse effect.  This makes me reticent to stop, but as i only did one treatment i can't see it being a problem halting until things stabilise / clear.

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Thanks or the advice, i'll pause with the reef maturation kit then pick it up again after a few days (the instructions had a day by day list of amounts to be added up to 21 days)


I measured the salinity with a reflectometer i picked up from amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014CXHFEY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  and calibrated with RO water first at the w/e.


@chilliman - i don't think it's the powerhead  as the sand was fine and settled for a fews days with it on, however i may have stirred it up a bit adding the RO water.


When i get home tonight i'll take a pic and post along with doing test daily for a few days to see if/what the changes may be and then if nitrate is still the same do a 20% water change and test again before continuing.  Oh and see if still have live crabs!


In hindsight adding the reef starter kit at the same time was not a good idea too many changes at once - the kit advises that once you start you need to keep going and not miss any days for it work effectively or have an adverse effect.  This makes me reticent to stop, but as i only did one treatment i can't see it being a problem halting until things stabilise / clear.
Well as you have no fish I guess it might be okay to continue. Anything in the instructions about bacterial blooms?

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it was this kit https://www.redseafish.com/reef-care-program/tank-maturation/reef-mature-pro-kit/


And day 2 (the day to start adding additives) contained a healthy does of Nitro Bac & Bacto-start  - So it does seem to confirm your thoughts on bacterial bloom


It also does say on Day 4 "At this point different types of green  lamentous algae, cyanobacteria and diatoms will start to bloom. This is a natural part of the process and should disappear or be under control by the end of the maturation program."

(Oh and love the Mr Hoppy avatar, i miss Monkey Dust!)


Last Edit: Nov 14, 2017 12:21:59 pm by Rik derris

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Here are a couple of pics of the cloudiness (crabs are still alive!) i'll do some tests after to see what has changed.






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Reply #7

Doesn't look too bad mate, could be dust from the sand or a bloom.  Either way it should settle down in a few days. 

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good to know! The tests are pretty similar alkalinity is up (but i think i tested a 1 instead on 0.5 last time) and still a bit salty 0.028 so added about 3 l of RO.


Think i was just nervous of the change as it's all so new.  Will just keep monitoring for now and see how it goes, i should be able to spot anything in time to take remedial action if needed.

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