05-04-2008, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
In this kind of situation, that could get quite expensive. When the problem is based on poor quality source water, that would mean the algae treatments would be never ending... and the tank water would be toxic!
The danger in treating something like this with Algone or Algaefix....
The problem is in the source water, in this case it has a high nitrate level. Everytime a water change happens, the nitrate level goes up further. The algae is just the sign that there is a problem... nature's way of using up that nutrient level. If we put in a chemical to kill the algae, what happens to the nitrate level? Suddenly there is nothing to eat it up, and with every water change it goes higher and higher... until what? A dead fish. The only way to "fix" this problem is to take care of the nutrient level in the source water.
That is the difference between treating symptoms and treating the problem that is causing the symptoms.
Thank you, BB. Articulated my thoughts perfectly.