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post #1 of 6 Old 04-08-2013, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Green Water Algae

so i figured i would make a new thread for this since my other is all over the place.

Ok so green water algae is a single cell organism that can readily adapt to uptake any excess nutrient, be it macros, micros or even traces and requires very little light to survive.

with that all being said a effective method of control is a massive amount of plants and a good deal of fast growing floaters. but with all the plants you must feed them of course, with the fert being added to the tank and the massive amount of plants and floaters they will out compete the algae for the traces macros and micros correct? so once i get enough plants the water will just start to clear up? or will it just slowly go away from w/c to w/c
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so i figured i would make a new thread for this since my other is all over the place.

Ok so green water algae is a single cell organism that can readily adapt to uptake any excess nutrient, be it macros, micros or even traces and requires very little light to survive.

with that all being said a effective method of control is a massive amount of plants and a good deal of fast growing floaters. but with all the plants you must feed them of course, with the fert being added to the tank and the massive amount of plants and floaters they will out compete the algae for the traces macros and micros correct? so once i get enough plants the water will just start to clear up? or will it just slowly go away from w/c to w/c

I disagree with underlined.

Micro algae and cyano actually tank much more light to survive then the slower growing plants.

If you get the plants establaised right from the start you can get them ahead of the algae/cyano.

And adding plants to a tank can make the algae/cyano go away.

But if you do nothing other then kill the lights and stop feeding the algae will die off.

the key is that it will die off faster then the plants.

So when the lights come back on the plants are there to consume the nutrients left by the dead algae/cyano.

And by adjusting lighting and feeding you can keep the plants ahead of the algae/cyano so the tank stays clear.

just my .02

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have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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found this, what do you guys think. im tyring to get rid of this crap

Aquarium Algae ID (updated May6th '10 Surface Skum): Green water - Algae bloom
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I cited from this article the other day in another thread on green water, and I also cited an article by George Booth to put things in better perspective.

I use these type of articles as information for what may cause these issues, but I rarely follow the suggested treatments, especially when they include one of these "miracle cure-everything" products.

What I do agree with is Dusko's statement that green water thrives with strong light. Deal with the light.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I plan on moving the tank out of the indirect sunlight it is getting and then possibly hanging the light. ill start with a 12 inch clearance for the first week and see how that goes. I found the miricale product a bit suspect as most usually are. he did say that he had put in a good amount of floaters to block some of the light - this may have been the key to his tank clearing up rather then his miricale products.

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I plan on moving the tank out of the indirect sunlight it is getting and then possibly hanging the light. ill start with a 12 inch clearance for the first week and see how that goes. I found the miricale product a bit suspect as most usually are. he did say that he had put in a good amount of floaters to block some of the light - this may have been the key to his tank clearing up rather then his miricale products.

happy b day btw B
Thank you.

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