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Old 01-18-2010, 01:43 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Angel079 View Post
It looks a LITTLE better today but still somewhat cloudy... Nop still no readings and nothing I could think of that I done to this tank (others then the meds back in the day and the large w/c then) it all came when the algae came.

I added few more Plants yesterday too (yes the troublesome Pennywort weed too)

I really think its safe to assume by now that in this tank, the combo: Meds&Carbon & 2xlarge w/c totally and completely threw this newly system soooooo outta wack that my best guess really only is now to LET IT BE and see what happens over the next few weeks.

Cause honestly this tank has cost me enough headache & work so far and I done everything to the best of my knowledge and everybody's advises and now its either gotta walk on its own on break down completely.

I'll keep up the ferts, excel & w/c but that is IT lol (anyone think me treating this tank verbally has any impact!?)
Hi Angel,

I think a good deal of your knowledge, so maybe you've considered this and have reasons for not doing it. Some petsmarts sell a 9W UV sterilizer under the name of "green killing machine". They come with a powerhead and are not terribly expensive. We put one in the 20 gal a couple days after starting it up, and also now have one in the 40 gal rescue job. Knocks out blooms very quickly.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:07 AM   #12
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UV's help well against algae and prevent certain sicknesses.
Bacteria Bloom is a common occurrence on new st ups - Or set ups like mine that cycle twice for any given reason. Now I know first hand this can look ugly for a while but killing it off is not the solution to a stable system, neither is too many or too lil w/c; gotta hit that golden middle.
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:59 PM   #13
I had re-occurring bloom issues

Possible reasons
+2watts/gallon lighting
new plants with algae
over feeding.. maybe :o

...and in the end solved them with a UV filter... within 1 day much better, 3 days perfect. Months later.. still perfect.

I have a simple setup so ended up using the green killing machine, the bigger 24w version for like $60 to do my 55gal tank. Best thing i ever bought, besides the filter.

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Old 03-02-2010, 09:19 PM   #14
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LOL hey Steve welcome tot he Forum! I actually got it cleared up a long time ago; but with patience not with chem's nor high tech, I pref the natural approaches
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