Setting up reef tank

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We washed the gravel before quite thoroughly and have just added a quarter of the salt water we have made and it's very cloudy....will this clear or will we have to start again?

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Hi, Welcome to ReefBase.

Yeah it's totally normal, it'll be clear tomorrow, providing you've decent water flow. You've got powerheads or at least an airstone in there right?


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Reply #2

No nothing in there yet was going to add live rock next and then fill up completely.

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Reply #3

That cabinet top looks like it’s is dipping. It’s going to put strain on the base that’s basically unsupported.

I think you need a strong baseboard for the tank to sit on.
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Reply #4

Ok thanks for that. Has cleared this morning!
The base was bought with the tank from the aquarium shop.

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Oh it’s curved at the front? That’ll explain away the bow I was seeing.
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Reply #6

Any advice on keeping PH up. Tank is fully cycled ammonia/nitrite 0 with nitrate 5. Got 4 hermits 2 snails and 2 clowns, been in for 2 weeks but I'm struggling to keep the PH up.
It's 7.8 but I'm doing 2/3 20% WC a week to keep it there. The Rodi salt water going in has ph 8.2/8.4.
I imagine if I'd didnt change for it a week it would be well below 7.8.
Crushed coral substrate and aqua one moray 480 pump that came with the tank. Thanks

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Reply #7

The live rock and sand should help to buffer the PH to its desirable level.

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Fresh air will help keep PH up.
Also, when are you checking PH? The reason I ask, is that PH will drop a bit at night.

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Any advice on keeping PH up. Tank is fully cycled ammonia/nitrite 0 with nitrate 5. Got 4 hermits 2 snails and 2 clowns, been in for 2 weeks but I'm struggling to keep the PH up.
It's 7.8 but I'm doing 2/3 20% WC a week to keep it there. The Rodi salt water going in has ph 8.2/8.4.
I imagine if I'd didnt change for it a week it would be well below 7.8.
Crushed coral substrate and aqua one moray 480 pump that came with the tank. Thanks


Just out of curiosity, what's your alkalinity reading?  It shouldn't have dropped much without coral in there, but you never know. 

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Reply #10

The pH may drop as a result of die off in the live rock and the building of nitrates as it cycles these through . pH is the result of  factors such as alkalinity , nitrogen cycle , lighting and  aeration . As long as these are up to scratch imo I wouldn't bother too much chasing figures .

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