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post #1 of 4 Old 05-10-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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50/50 pc lighting algea????

I have 50/50 PC lighting on my 10 gallon tank. It's 20 watts by the way. The tank has been running for 40 days and ever since day 4 the water has been super green/brown and cloudy. I have 2 fish danio and a redtail shark. My lights have been on a timer for about a week now. For 8 hours. My tank gets exposed to direct sunlight for 30 min a day. I feed my fish very sparingly. What do you think seems to be my problem?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-10-2010, 09:03 PM
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I have 50/50 PC lighting on my 10 gallon tank. It's 20 watts by the way. The tank has been running for 40 days and ever since day 4 the water has been super green/brown and cloudy. I have 2 fish danio and a redtail shark. My lights have been on a timer for about a week now. For 8 hours. My tank gets exposed to direct sunlight for 30 min a day. I feed my fish very sparingly. What do you think seems to be my problem?
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I'm still new to this, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but it seems it's been highly suggested to avoid direct sunilight specifically to prohibit algae growth.

If you can move the tank out of the sunlight, and just stick with the lighting you have set up for it, and see if it clears up.

You might have to do large pwc's to get the already established algae out, along with black outs, but I'm sure someone with a bit more experience will come along and give a little better advice than me to help you out in the best way.

Good luck
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-11-2010, 05:39 AM
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Along with the direct sunlight, the 50/50 lighting isn't doing you any good. Specifically, the actinic portion of the lighting promotes algae growth. If the tank is planted, I would suggest swapping out your lights for something in the 6500-6700K range. If it's not planted, you can use anything, really, but I would avoid anything above the aforementioned color range for plants as that blue light will really promote algae growth.

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-11-2010, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. My fish store guy is a idiot then. I guess I will have to put the lights to use on a pico reef :)
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