Dust/floaters in water ?

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  1. neo

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    Morning all,
    I've seen some tanks with crystal clear water and tanks with 'cloudy' or 'murky' water.
    My tank seem to have 'dust' or 'floaters' in the water, sometimes bad and some not so bad.
    Is this normal ?
    I have an open top tank, would closing it up help at all?
    Filter socks ?
    How does places like IDOL have such clear water ?
     
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  3. dogstar

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    My tanks gets murky when i blow the tank, or gravel vacuum.

    A lot of things will help with this, but your skimmer and using filter socks will go a long way to remove a lot of this stuff. Charcoal and purigen helps a lot with water clarity too.
     
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    You need your powerheads and wavemakers to break the survace of the the water. Also surface skimming with a overflow box helps for this. Closing up the top of the tank will help, but might increase heat.
     
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    Neo - you need to try and determine "what" the "dust"/"floaters" is exactly.....

    This could be detritus, plankton, bacteria blooms, etc....

    Usually - having an oversized skimmer really works... also - you CAN have filter-wool, or filter-socks - but, remember - you can be removing some good stuff from the water as well......

    I have found that if I set my skimmer VERY wet, then my water is CRYSTAL clear.... if my skimmer is set to dry, my water also have a lot of "stuff" in it.....
     
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