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post #1 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Green water.....

Alright, up until a week ago my water was clear, not crystal clear but clear. I did my standard 10 gal water change the other day in my 55 gallon tank and it hasn't gone away! It so bad that I can't see from one end of the tank to the other hardly! Any idea's for me here! GGGGGRRRRRR I HATE IT!
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 01:17 PM
Not terribly sure. I've tried really hard to get green water before, but never had any luck. You could try adding a bunch of filter floss to the filter......

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post #3 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok since the day has gone on I have noticed things, unfortunatly not for the better! It seems that the green water is from Algae. I have noticed some on ornaments and some on plants. Is this something that is going to kill my fish?! Water looks real cloudy but it's green cloud! Only thing that I have done is last time I did water change I added 2 flourish root tabs and I elminated a 4" air bubble disk cause the pump took a dump!
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post #4 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 08:22 PM
No it won't harm your fish, green water is often used as a fry food and for raising daphnia. I've seen tanks pea green because of this algae.

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post #5 of 11 Old 04-05-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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GREAT to hear! I almost have all my hair pulled out! It's not pea green but...... its getting there!
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 03:42 AM
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i wonder if this will be of any help to you.
the only other thing off the top of my head,is a black out.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 04:00 AM
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I agree with second post. Servicing the filter is where I would start. Many times the filter material becomes clogged,Impeller assembly needs cleaned,or carbon needs replaced if being used. I have also seen this after using too many root tabs in my own aquarium.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #8 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks all for helping me out! 1077 I just did some service on one of my filters and rinsed the filter in bucket of pulled aquarium water. Im starting to think that it might have been from the root tabs?! But I never had the problem before! I actually found me some pics of tanks that look like mine! BUT there are alot of conflicting results. Some places say to do 20% change a day for a week, but others say that because it is loose uncolonized algea it is pointless? How bout this willow tree trick? Funny thing is I have one in the back yard! And I know that it isn't treated with any pesticide as a matter of fact we almost cut it down last summer.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 07:28 AM
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Have you checked the tapwater for nitrates? any new bulbs recently? No changes in lighting periods? Any new foods offeredthat are perhaps high in phosphate content? I might try some floating plants for a while being careful that they didn't block out too much light. Or perhaps you recently added some and they are proliferating? I wish I could offer more help.
The time I expierienced this was after switching from API root tabs to slightly larger Flourish tabs. Anyhow,, I simply turned off the lights for two or three days and it went away.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-06-2009, 07:55 AM
i had a huge problem with green algae also but what i found that really worked was to do a blackout for at least 5 days and lower the feeding amount alot. change 20% of the water everyday. It worked for me but i think killed my Amazon Sword lol. I havent had the problem since but now i have a green spot algae problem now :( hope all goes well for you

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