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Old 08-08-2008, 12:00 AM   #11
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yea i would assume your not getting an ideal amount of water movement (if any) inside the tank
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:11 AM   #12
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If you don't have live plants anymore, you could try a blackout. Don't feed your fish for two days, leave the aquarium lights off, and block out any outside light. You could use a blanket or something to do that. Keep the tank blacked out for 48 hours. I've used this as a cure for algae growing on the surfaces in my tanks before but I don't see why it wouldn't work for an algae bloom in your water.
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:38 AM   #13
i just did a water change, and i took some pics with the lights on. I also took a video with lights off then lights on, its on youtube, well i'm trying to get it on there, taking a long time though.

i'll have to post the video another time.
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:48 AM   #14
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how many hours a day do you keep that light on? because im thinking a blackout would be your best bet[/quote]
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:01 AM   #15
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i agree with what batman said, try the blackout.(although i recommend for a stubborn bloom that you Blackout for 3-4 days. with a water change when you start and when you end) it worked for us when we had a 10 gallon. also, when my mom had the algae bloom in her tank, she added more substrate (she was going for a bare minimum look) and when she did that the water cleared right up. almost like there wasn't enough places for bacteria to live. i would nix the UG filter. get yourself a HOB (hang on back) filter. they are much more efficient. plus those UG filters create pockets of ammonia in your gravel, which could be what your algae is feeding on, since they thrive on ammonia/phosphates/etc.

i've read it's good to do 50% water changes twice a week when trying to get rid of an algae bloom. also that the warmer the tank is, the more likely the algae will grow. try lowering the temp to between 74-76 degrees. (not sure what its at now...)
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:03 AM   #16
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What's your temperature? Sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference. I had a tank with terrible green water, and when I dropped the tank from 82 to 79 it cleared up all by it's self.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:49 AM   #17
i went to the pet store, he said it was the ceiling roof light being on. because my dad turns it on all night. he gave me some algae clear so i could buy this male guppy that i've tottaly fallin' in love with, he's not chasing lollipop(my female), she's chasing him. they swim next to each other. its like a match made in heaven.
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:49 PM   #18
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Hmm that makes some sense. Just to warn you, if you've got a male and female guppy together you're going to end up with a lot more fry, which will eventually overrun your tank. If you don't already have one, you should come up with a plan to get rid of some of those fry. See if you have a friend that might want some, check with your LFS to see if they'll take them off your hands, or cruel as it might sound, see if you know anyone that has a predatory fish that might make some use of them. They'd be glad to get tank-raised guppies instead of diseased feeders from the store any day.

Also, not sure if anyone has pointed this out yet, but your bristlenose plecos are going to outgrow your 20L tank pretty soon. They *are* one of the smaller species of pleco and usually max out at about 5", but they are poop machines and I wouldn't recommend keeping one in anything smaller than a 10g tank. If you were to upgrade to something like a 20g tank, you would be able to keep both of them long-term and also support a larger guppy population.
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Old 08-09-2008, 06:33 PM   #19
my plan is that i'm was going to sell the fry to the local pet store for credit, and save that money up for a bigger tank, at the moment i'm not having much luck. 6 grown ups have died and more than 50 fry's. i feel so bad. first time was amonia levels, 4 adults and 40 + fry died, after that a male died of ick, then there was worms, a female died. Now I got a female and 5 of her babies left, but i've bought a male.[/u]
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:32 PM   #20
the male has died now. my female has worms. and the water is still slightly green. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG! Maybe i should just give up?
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