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Howdy reefers!
So unfortunately I am having an issue with cloudy water. Took this picture this morning
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So I went to my LFS and they reccomended a UV sterilizer but I can't afford it right now, so I went with chemipure elite and a blackout.
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What is your advise on the blackout? I'm guessing I should not run my refugium light either correct?

my pH was 8.0 this morning and A,N,N were all zero.

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Is the tank near a window? Are you leaving your lights o 24/7? Are you using RO water?
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Is the tank near a window? Are you leaving your lights o 24/7? Are you using RO water?


not near a window, So far only used sea-pure water, plan on mixing new water with RO/DI. Lights were on aprox 10-12 hrs a day, moonlights on all night. I squeezed the chemi-pure elite into chamber 1. Just to be safe I covered the tank with a towel so it is pitch black in there right now.


Edit: in week 3 of cycling

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Diatom blooms are common in new tanks.

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not near a window, So far only used sea-pure water, plan on mixing new water with RO/DI. Lights were on aprox 10-12 hrs a day, moonlights on all night. I squeezed the chemi-pure elite into chamber 1. Just to be safe I covered the tank with a towel so it is pitch black in there right now.


Edit: in week 3 of cycling


Yeah if you're still cycling just do a water change, or ride it out. Try some filter floss or poly filter.
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lol thats funny the said you need a UV sterilizer...scammers

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lol thats funny the said you need a UV sterilizer...scammers



I thought it was weird too, you really think I shouldn't trust them? They seemed good....

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I thought it was weird too, you really think I shouldn't trust them? They seemed good....


The thing is, a UV would infact clear it up. So its not like its BAD advice so to speak, its just not really a cost effective nor is a necessary step. It also just treats the symptom, and not the cause of the issue.
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The thing is, a UV would infact clear it up. So its not like its BAD advice so to speak, its just not really a cost effective nor is a necessary step. It also just treats the symptom, and not the cause of the issue.



The cause is high phosphates/ too much light right?

after a day of blackout and chemi-pure the water is starting to clear!

thanks for the help!

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Activated carbon would help also.