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Old 03-20-2012, 10:37 PM   #31
 
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Ok so should go to my LFS and pick up 2 or 3 more live plants tomorrow? Also should I add a snail or two (The Malaysian Livebearers?) A blackout and UV might solve the problem but I'm looking to solve the issue causing that problem. Thanks everyone for your timely and informative responses:)
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #32
 
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Well I went on a 4 day trip to NC. I did a WC before i left and had the lights on only 4 hours a day and fed them before I left. When I got back, it was actually worse. I just don't understand that, how could it get worse. Would getting a phosphate remover help with this such as (Phos-x). Do I just add more plants? I know this is becoming a broken record and I apologize here but i'm almost at my wits end. Would it help if I removed 2 fish? (They are my cousins anyway)
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #33
 
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While you were gone, were the lights on (and for how long) or off?
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:49 PM   #34
 
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they were on for only 4 hours a day. I bought some Acurel F today for a last resort. Do LFS carry phosphate tests to test tap/fish tank water? If my tap water is high in phosphates what would you recommend? Phos-x? or another media? Would 2 more live plants help at all? I almost bought two today but figured I'd ask the master first ;-D
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:05 AM   #35
 
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they were on for only 4 hours a day. I bought some Acurel F today for a last resort. Do LFS carry phosphate tests to test tap/fish tank water? If my tap water is high in phosphates what would you recommend? Phos-x? or another media? Would 2 more live plants help at all? I almost bought two today but figured I'd ask the master first ;-D
The more plants the better, no matter what the problem. In this case, floating plants will be most helpful. First, the cloudy water is so bad it will block light from lower plants, so getting floating plants solves this problem. Second, the floating plants can assimilate CO2 from the air, which speeds up their carbon intake (critical). Third, they assimilate a lot of other nutrients fast fro the water, while releasing oxygen via the roots. Water Sprite is perfect, Water Lettuce, or some stem plants left floating like Hornwort, Cabomba, Wisteria.

On the phosphate, before wasting money on a test kit you may never use again, see if you can find the water data from the water supply people. Many now have a website with data posted, and phosphates may be included. Aside from any in the tap water, phosphates are introduced via fish food, so minimal feeding will deal with this aspect. Was nitrate tested? And ammonia?

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Old 04-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #36
 
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Well the Acurel F hasn't done a dime after 2 days. Something is feeding this algae in the tank or in the water. Amm. is 0 and has been every time I test it. Nitrates are always normal between 5-30. I will purchase 2 more live plants tomorrow really hoping this works. Otherwise might have to look in to something a little more drastic/expensive.

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Well the Acurel F hasn't done a dime after 2 days. Something is feeding this algae in the tank or in the water. Amm. is 0 and has been every time I test it. Nitrates are always normal between 5-30. I will purchase 2 more live plants tomorrow really hoping this works. Otherwise might have to look in to something a little more drastic/expensive.
The nitrate is a bit high so that may be related. More plants.
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