Water gone milky!

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  1. brentch

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    Hey ppl.

    So I have finished my tank and DIY light etc. (Pics to follow when I learn how to upload:banghead:). I filled my tank and sump with NSW (as far as I know it was clean and un-polluted, but the usual slightly green colour) and it was relatively clean, which soon became crystal clear when I ran the skimmer (which pulled a lot of muck out). It stayed like this till the next morning.

    When I returned in the afternoon, it was murky, like someone had milk poured into it. I am guessing this might have something to do with ammonia? Unfortunately I can't test for ammonia as I don't have a test kit for it.

    All I have in the tank at the mo is some well cured live rock...

    Any advice etc would be cool, cause i'm stressing slightly:blush:

    (If i could upload a pic of the water i would, but i can't seem to get this uploader to work, even after re-sizing).
     
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    bacterial bloom?
     
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    Open an Album and then you load the pictures in there...there is no need to resize via that route...then when you post you click Insert...from...My Album photos...put the curser in a new line and paste...after you clicked on it, in you'r Album...

    Open the Album..you will see a green square..click on it and then upload..hope this help..
     
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    Thanks @belindamotion! I have uploaded three pics, one of before the water went milky, one of the skimmer, and one with the milky water...
     
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    The last pic does not do it justice, it's actually worse than this now...
     
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    @butcherman, well if I had to guess i'd say that I have bacteria excreting ammonia but non of the beneficial strains to consume the ammonia... But I'm not sure, it might not even be ammonia :whistling:

    I'm open to suggestions for what I should do now...?
     
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    Ok..I don't know anything about these large skimmers, so I'm probably no use to you..:p but from what I'm seeing...I'll say you are skimming to wet...? Actually the froth looks good...nothing going back in...from my point of view anyway...:p..guess you have to hold on a bit till the Experts come along...;)
     
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    Ya, the blue light shining through to the sump does make the froth look very white, it's more brown, with fine sediment. It's stopped pulling now anyway though. I still think it's not right. I think I might have to re fill the tank...? It's not to much of a mission as I don't have much in there...

    I never had this ever before. I use the beach for my frag tank water changes, and my corals are happy, and the water is crystal...

    The 250L drum I used is a food grade drum, that stored 96% ethanol (drinking alcohol). Could this have had some delayed effect on the water? Sort of like over dosing vodka?

    Below is the most recent pic...[​IMG]
     
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    (I did wash the drum out)
     
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    How well was it washed out? Consider the volume added to tanks and the possibilityu of the volume not washed out..
    Sound like there was a bacterial pissup?

    Why though the dirty green water collected?
     
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    :blush: Yes, well, errrr.... That could be the reason...

    So moving forward, what should I do? Wait it out? Refill completely? or just big water changes?
     
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    Skim the hangover out, as it will greatly assist in much needed oxygenation. Few waterchanges will help, as unlikely that skimmer will remove all bacteria in water column. Some will die and re-release whatever they consumed.
     
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    Might try running carbon filter a bit, and see if it clears it.
     
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    Plankton die off. Is most likely causing the ammonia.
    Just switch off the lights and let the skimmer do it's thing. Add lots of surface agitation as i do not see any from the pic's. This lack of agitation has resulted in the plankton not having any oxygen and to die. To release the ammonia you need to do what @irie ivan suggests. Increase the oxygen/CO2 exchange. Your skimmer will not be able to cope by its self. It will need surface agitation.
     
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    Okay cool will do! Today it has started to clear but will add carbon, increase O2, skim the over hang. I've already done a partial water change, but will do another later this afternoon...
     
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    sorry, overflow box:whistling:

    Done all of the above and it seems to be getting better. May do another water change tomorrow...
     
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    Dude if you needs some water tests done, I live in amanzintexas myself... pull in ! You can have my ammonia test kit for freeeeeee...
     
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    Hahaha :slayer: Yeah!

    Na don't stress, it seems to be coming right. It's almost completely clear now...

    I'll add the live rock tomorrow from my frag tank if the water is 100%.

    BTW, where in toti are you? I'm in Queens Terrace (the road above the Doonside bowls club).
     
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    I also agree, you need water surface agitation. Take a flow pump and create some havoc to the water surface.
     
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