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Old 12-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Very cloudy, smoky water.


Hello all. I have been going through a big time diatom bloom in my tank. its been up for just over 2 months, and its my first one so figure with water changes it will go away. My concern is the water. Its very cloudy, almost looks like smoke. I have read it probably is microbubbles. I have no sump or skimmer, so I do not know where they are coming from. I really could use help on what to do. Will this hurt my fish/ corals?
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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If it looks like smoke then it could be either calcium precipatation or a bacterial bloom.
Can you get a picture?
what are your readings?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #3
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Will not know my prams till tomorrow. I made a video.

Also, I feed formula 2 marine pellets and Reef Solutions minerals and vitamins.
I have cut down to every other day to maybe not feed the algae. It really started after using the Reef Solutions. is that stuff necessary?


Here is the video to show the cloudyness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoMu7MUyc6I
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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I would hold off on the vitamin/mineral supplement, I am skeptical of it's value and as you said it started when you started using that stuff.
Are you using RO/DI water to mix salt and for top off?
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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No I have not used RO/DI. I used tap. I know that seems to be the root of most problems. BUT, I did skip last weeks water change, because of my clown fish had ICH. and I wanted to try to avoid any stress. And sense skipping that WC, I have got a Diatom bloom, which I figured was cause of the new Clowns, and bioload. Haven't had any issue with the TAP, but I will shoot for going with RO/DI water for WC, from now on. would the Pellets be enough for the Candy Cane Coral? Clowns devour them, ha.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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And sense I do not have a skimmer, should I just do more WC's? I do not like adding those bateria removers, or water clearing stuff, never hear good things on them.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:35 PM   #7
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bump, anyone?
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #8
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There is no need to feed the coral. Stop dosing and do water changes with rodi.
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