12-18-2008, 10:43 PM
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I will have to check the watts on the bulbs. There are two single bulbs about 30" long each. I didn't see a wattage on them, they just said aquarium on them. I will check further. The lights are on less than 8 hrs. a day.
The water tested at nearly 0 on phosphates. There was only a very slight color change from the lowest level color on the Red Sea test kit. I don't know about a nitrogen test kit? There are no live plants. When we got the tank, it had no thermometer and the temperature was between 72 and 75. We have since added a heater and are now running around 78.
When we started the tank over, we washed every thing including the filters with pretty stiff clorox water. We let the tank run 50% full for a couple weeks. Over the next week or two, we finished filling the tank with water change water form a friends clean fresh water tank. We also put filter pads from that tank into this one .
After the tank was clear filled up, we started taking fish out of the holding tank we had set up. We added 3 fish every two to three days. We rinsed them with the new tank water and then added the fish to the tank, but not the rinse water. I think we should have put the fish in clean water for two or three days before we put them back in the tank. I think may be when they went to the bathroom they put the green algae spores back into the tank? We have also added a large air pump and more filteration and a couple power heads to the tank.
I have never seen such a mess with green water before. And if we ever get it clear gone, I hope to heck we never see it again!!!
Saltwater has been much easier than this!
Thank you for your help and input!
Last edited by CathyJ; 12-18-2008 at 10:49 PM..