Subject: Cloudy water
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000
I have a 55 gal. salt water tank about a year old. Sand man filter. Both
pads changed bi-monthly since the problem of cloudy water. Water tests fine
by my local store. Cloudy for two months. Six small to med. size fish. No
new fish for four months. Any help will be a God send.
There are several factors that may be contributing to your cloudy
water. I will give you some ideas, but without more information a proper
diagnosis will be difficult.
First, what types of fish are in the tank, and more importantly how
many? As a general rule we like to see an absolute maximum of 1 inch/per
gallons of water in saltwater setups. Is the Sandman unit enough filter for
your tank? Probably not. You ay water tests fine, what tests are they
conducting? A full spectrum should be done not just the nitrate, ammo, etc.
There is a water parameter that is not fine, and this will be
with enough testing, generally.
I would start by using a general cloudiness remover, which will
probably not work, but it is worth a try. I would then either reduce my
population, which you probably do not want to do OR increase my filtration.
A great filter for that tank would be Skilter 400 with the combination
protein skimmer built in. There are two schools of thought on protein
skimming, but most everyone agrees that light protein skimming is
I hope these ideas help you out. Please feel free to write again and
keep us all up to date.