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Old 10-26-2010, 11:58 AM   #11
 
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If you're worried, you could try to limit the nutrients and light available.

What kind of plants do you have? Try some that are extremely fast growing... Duckweed, Anarchis, and Hornwort come to mind.

Feed your fish 1/2 as much as you usually do split up in small portions for a couple weeks, and don't feed at all on sunday. Get a timer for your lights, and leave them on for 8 hours a day. They're less than $7 at wal-mart, and you can find them for 4.

What kind of lighting do you have? Lower the light amount... Take one of the bulbs out if you can.
If it's not flourescent, then throw it out and get new flourescent (or CFL) lights in cool white 6500k.

The funny thing is I'm jealous... I wish I had greenwater.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:33 PM   #12
 
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The funny thing is I'm jealous... I wish I had greenwater.
I can help you with some tips to get there
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:56 PM   #13
 
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Wow, lots to answer from overnight! :O


-I have a 14g biocube with stock lighting - white and moonlite blue actinct 24watts each.
-There is a medium ammount of ambient light, NO sunlight in the room.
-I have a large ammount of Wisteria which is growing quickly, and is enough to satisfy a 30g tank.
-I intend to get a few more plants on payday, along with more fish to balance out this issue. I was told that more plants and more fish would aid the issue, from the LFS.
-I feed the fish every other day with a 1/2 cm square of home made cichlid food and a 1/2 cm square of bloodworms (frozen)
-I can't afford a sterilyzer - Canada Student Loans has decided I get to try and live off 600 bucks a month and I have a saltwater tank to maintain as well.
-A timer is impossible - the plug is under the bed and inaccessable save for moving the entire thing (again) I will just have to be more proactive with shutting the lights off at 10pm instead of midnight (lol - I wake up late most days, lights don't go on till about noon)
-I spent a whole day with the lights off and the fish went bonkers

I have had friends tell me I need to re-cycle my tank, put up with the algae, with max fish in the tank (adding an extra couple inches of fish), keep using PRIME, cut back on lighting, overstock on plants I won't mind eventually losing, and attach a bubbler in the opposite end of a filter that's too big for the tank and add a micron filter...

Does this seem logical to you guys?
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:27 PM   #14
 
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I can help you with some tips to get there
Seriously, I've tried most of the ideas.. sunlight, fertilisers, all kinds of stuff. (I want it outside, not in a tank. Want to use it as a fry food.)

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Wow, lots to answer from overnight! :O


-I have a 14g biocube with stock lighting - white and moonlite blue actinct 24watts each.
-There is a medium ammount of ambient light, NO sunlight in the room.
-I have a large ammount of Wisteria which is growing quickly, and is enough to satisfy a 30g tank.
-I intend to get a few more plants on payday, along with more fish to balance out this issue. I was told that more plants and more fish would aid the issue, from the LFS.
-I feed the fish every other day with a 1/2 cm square of home made cichlid food and a 1/2 cm square of bloodworms (frozen)
-I can't afford a sterilyzer - Canada Student Loans has decided I get to try and live off 600 bucks a month and I have a saltwater tank to maintain as well.
-A timer is impossible - the plug is under the bed and inaccessable save for moving the entire thing (again) I will just have to be more proactive with shutting the lights off at 10pm instead of midnight (lol - I wake up late most days, lights don't go on till about noon)
-I spent a whole day with the lights off and the fish went bonkers

I have had friends tell me I need to re-cycle my tank, put up with the algae, with max fish in the tank (adding an extra couple inches of fish), keep using PRIME, cut back on lighting, overstock on plants I won't mind eventually losing, and attach a bubbler in the opposite end of a filter that's too big for the tank and add a micron filter...

Does this seem logical to you guys?
The first thing you should do is remove the actinic bulb. It does no good for freshwater.
Second thing, is never listen to a big-chain fish store. Their solution to everything is "buy this." or "buy more", although I've never heard them be quite so blunt about it.

So, the electrical outlet is behind something?
Could you use an extension cord?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:05 PM   #15
 
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The outlet is behind my 100 pound solid wood head board, with about an inch of clearance past the floor and wall...I would have to completely rearrange my bedroom to add anything on.

So you're saying adding in the extra plants/fish/micron filter/bubbler won't help?
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:41 PM   #16
 
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Fish no, bubbler no, micron filter i seriously doubt it. More plants may help to consume the nutrients that the algae is consuming now but not even them will get your water from green to clear.
Blackout is your best deal here since you said UV is out the window. Unles you try the redfield ratio i posted a few posts back.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #17
 
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Well Redknee you would have owed me money on THAT bet, because our algae issue is almost 90% gone now, guess how?...

-A bubbler.
-Lights not on as long.
-Better waterflow.
-Bigger plants.
-Salinity.
-Added a Pleco

I have changed nothing except added a bubbler, changed waterflow, plant more wisteria, add salt, and let it be.

I win :D
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:27 AM   #18
 
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Odd about the pleco, but I would have thought that more plants could help.

Oh, and after some research, a micron filter will remove the algae, but it will probably come back when you turn the filter off.

Congratulations on the water being less green.
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