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 #4705  by tzg
 20 Mar 2018 02:49
Here is my newly setup tank, the seller of the shrimps also sold me his brackish water and it is a bit cloudy. Is there any way to make the water clear? :grin:
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 #4706  by Vorteil
 20 Mar 2018 06:19
Are you 100% sure it was the water that was cloudy and not the sand not being thoroughly clean? It should settle down.
 #4710  by odin
 20 Mar 2018 10:04
I was thinking the same thing too, it’s probably dust from the substrate and ornaments. It looks very nice though looking at the images! :happy:

You will get cloudy water soon from a bacterial bloom but this too will sort it’s self out. Good luck and keep us all up to date with how you progress!
 #4713  by tzg
 20 Mar 2018 11:43
i boil the corals, rinse multiple times and soak them in distilled water. same for substrate, i rinse them more than 5 times, maybe about 8 till im satisfied with the water clarity. I didnt expect the water to be so cloudy after putting in the tank. Sure, will just wait and watch what happen next. thank you guys! =)
 #4714  by tzg
 20 Mar 2018 11:58
I saw bio film after a few hrs i poured the water in, may i know what are they actually and hazardous or are they beneficial? Do i need to remove them? Thanks!
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 #4715  by odin
 20 Mar 2018 12:01
It’s a good thing to have this on your water, you will see a lot at the start until it gets eaten. Leave it where it is.


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 #4716  by tzg
 20 Mar 2018 13:45
no wonder my shrimps are not active and they arent red. :upset:

next step should be to add some biodigest or api quickstart?
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 #4719  by odin
 20 Mar 2018 15:01
PH is fine, salinity is fine but Nitrites and Nitrates are high so do a water change with fresh brackish water.

I’d do 50%

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 #4721  by tzg
 20 Mar 2018 18:19
what if i couldnt get brackish water, can i use distilled water and add more salt to maintain salinity?
 #4722  by odin
 20 Mar 2018 18:21
You cannot add salt directly to the tank once you have snails or shrimp, you need to make some fresh brackish water by adding salt to bottled water/RO water/distilled water, make it match the same salinity as your tank then remove some water from your tank and replace it with the brackish you just made. I advise making it in a clean bucket.
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