06-13-2008, 02:19 AM
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cleaning out a tank
i really need help with my 8 gallon. it is covered in algae (not hair algae) and the water is green. i do weekly water changes but as much water as i take out (sometimes 75% just to get rid of the green water) the water still stays green. i also scrub the tank with a sponge to get the algae of the galss and that usually works but within a week its back again. so i thought that maybe its worth putting my 2 platy fry and 1 swordtail fry in a breeding net in my 29 gallon and completly cleaning out the tank, but i wont clean the sponge filter so that there will be some bacteria to help establish the tank again. can this be done and what can i use to get rid of the algae? could bleach be used if i rinse the tank a few times to make sure that there is no bleach left? there is no plants or gravel in the tank, but i want to turn it into a fully planted tank, and get another species of fish.
the lights are on 9 hours a day ( to long i now) but i am going to leave them for 5 hours now. it doesnt get that much direct sunlight either.
sorry for the long post