04-10-2013, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Geomancer
This, I'd also cover that side that gets sunlight (black poster board works). The blackout will kill the algae.
SA cichlids you generally can not have many plants with, they'll tear them apart. A few species can work but I don't think they're fast growing ones.
No amount of regular filtration will help you with this particular issue.
As a final note, if you do not own a water test kit I would suggest buying one. The liquid API Master Test Kit is what most people recommend as it works better and is more accurate than test strips.
A UV filter can clear up green water, however that only fixes the symptom and not the problem.
Some people actually do use plants with Cichlids. But keep the plants in some kind of refugium (even just a simple partition) to keep the fish and plants seperate.
The underlying problem is that your fish are producing plant nutrients which cannot be removed at normal water change levels. Like 10% a week or so. Some do maintain "open" system where fresh water is constantly replacing the tank at the 100% changes per day level. Those system also are totally dependant on the quality of the water source.
So to me what would be best is to increase the nutrient consumers to prevent the algae problems. In planted tanks killing the lights allows the green water to clear up (die off) faster then the plants then adjusting lighting and feeding helps keep the tank in balance in the future.