View Full Version : Water Carity

08/28/2011, 10:39 PM
Have had my 210 up and running for about a month. All water parameters are in line except for calcium, which is running about 600. The issue is my water while not cloudy is just not as clear as it should be. Have no idea as to why this is the case. I don't think its an algae bloom, but i could be wrong. Anybody have any ideas what may be causing it.

08/28/2011, 10:44 PM
It would help if you add tank specs in profile for faster response.

Amount of LR and whats used for water flow and water source and stock .

08/28/2011, 11:54 PM
Could be a bacteria bloom.
Are you dosing anything?

08/29/2011, 12:10 AM
Well most water CLARITY issues are either due to bacteria blooms or floating debris, try running some granulated active carbon or adding sufficient mechanical filtration & see if that works for you. I am not singling you out, but there is an edit button for spelling & syntax errors, sometimes it turns people away from helping, especially the thread title, again, no offense to you personally, just a friendly reminder. I often edit my own posts 3-4 times before I am done.

08/29/2011, 12:37 AM
Sorry, missed the spelling error, was multitasking at the time.

Tank has two hundred lbs of live rock, 30 breeder as a fuge, using RO water and instant ocean for saltwater. mag 1800 for return pump and 4 1600gph jbj power heads, sand bottom. 3 100 watt LED 10000k and 300 2.5 watt leds half blue and half 10000k white.

08/29/2011, 01:50 AM
if it's milky it's bacterial --not enough filtration
if it's green it's algae -- nutrients

08/29/2011, 06:52 AM
if it's milky it's bacterial --not enough filtration
if it's green it's algae -- nutrients

Agree! :thumbsup:

08/29/2011, 10:35 AM
it is slightly milky....not terrible but frustrating. I have a ton of flow going on. mag 18 along with 4 powerheads at 1600 each. how much more do i need for Gods sake

08/29/2011, 10:44 AM
I think they are suggesting filtration capacity (not necessarily flow specifically). Certainly flow contributes to live rock filtration etc... but do you have a skimmer running? Any sort of mechanical filtration or anything? What about fish that could be disrupting the sand bed, and all that water flow keeps the silt suspended in the water column? I dunno, just reachin' to try and offer some help :)

Jeremy Blaze
09/02/2011, 06:12 AM
Common for a new tank, imo, you need to allow time for your bactieria to catch up to your bioload.

How many fish, and what kind do you have?

09/02/2011, 06:15 AM
is it a yellow tint? anyway activated carbon will clear the water.

09/02/2011, 07:26 AM
Had a similar milky look when I left nori in there by mistake. Cleared up when removed. Carbon helps

09/02/2011, 05:53 PM
My tangs love that nori....may be the issue. never thought of that