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Old 01-20-2008, 12:30 PM   #11
29 gal tank
Fish-1 clown loach-1angel-1algea eater-2 (cant remember names they are orange with black on fins i know they are schooling fish.-2 same as above but they are orange almost transparent see thru.
Feed - flake food
I have not tested for phosphates.
Filter-topfin 30
light on -5am to 9pm
cleaning-25% water change enery 2-3 weeks.

I test water every 2-3 days.The only problem i have had was ammonia and PH were a little high, I was in the process of treating that.

I hope this helps,and just to let you know i am a rookie at this so any help would be apreciated. OH idid have live plants sorry dont know the name and the tank is about 2 months old and was clear as a bell till now.

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:41 PM   #12
How about it what do think
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:35 AM   #13
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Hi Jcomer,
What is your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings?

High nitrates may be contributing to the algae outbreak. You should be doing water changes every week, at least 25%.

How often do you feed? How big are the fish? The clown loach will eventually need a bigger tank. What kind of algae eater is it? If it's a common pleco they will outgrow the tank also. They also poop alot and are very messy fish. You sound a bit overstocked in the tank.

You also might want to upgrade to a bigger and better filter. I had a 20 gallon awhile back that had a bad algae outbreak (green water). I cut way back on the lighting, reduced feeding to only once a day and only as much as they would eat in about 1 minute and got a much better filter than the crappy one I had on the tank and it helped to clear it up very well. Also, staying on top of weekly water changes...algae thrives when nitrates are high.

Sorry for all the questions but it will help us to help your problem.
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