New tank bacteria bloom

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Hi Guys,

I bought a second hand tank from a reefer, i washed it with vinegar and paper towel, then i filled it with salt water. now the water is milky which has lead me to believe its some sort of bacterial bloom, should i run the tank with filter sock and carbon to clear it? or what is the cause?
 
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Well, it's salt water now, all was pre mixed before adding to the tank.

But yes, new RO water with new filters on the RO unit, membrane will be replaced with next filters..
 

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I had this problem recently and it never cleared. Got myself a UV sterilizer yesterday and it has cleared up. Definitely recommend one.
 
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Just an update,

This cleared after running with return pump and a filter sock for 2 days, the filter sock is absolutely filthy though.
My theory is i didn't clean the vinegar properly enough
 

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Yip, vinegar is a carbon source that if overdone as in too much too soon, will cause a milkyness to the water, same as vodka. Will clear when the bacteria sorts its self out.
Should have caused your protein skimmer to produce a browner mess.
 
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