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post #11 of 13 Old 04-30-2012, 10:56 AM
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It wasn't green when it first started to cloud up. That's what made me think it wasn't algae. 2 days ago it started to have a green-ish hue to the color. BINGO, algae. My wife has been leaving the light on all day(so I've come to find out), so I figure that helped cause the abundance of algae.
It was likely just a bacterial bloom initially. The light on constantly would certainly cause green water. Not to mention stressing the fish. Keep a close eye out for ich, it is very comon when the lighyt has been on 24/7. Fish need 6-8 hours of complete darkness every night, as indeed do plants.

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post #12 of 13 Old 05-02-2012, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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FINAL UPDATE:

Water is crystal clear now. Fish are still healthy. Wife is happy. All is well. Thanks for the advice/support.

I "fixed" it by doing a 50% water change, lowered my water level by a half inch (allowing more water movement from the filter), wiped off plants and decor by hand, did a gravel vac and glass wipe. Didn't use any chemicals (except to treat my tap water). Water just cleared up over night.

The water has been clear for over 24 hours now.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-02-2012, 07:23 AM
That's great!

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