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post #21 of 40 Old 02-28-2014, 12:30 PM
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post #22 of 40 Old 03-03-2014, 03:30 PM
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Should I do a 100% water change to get rid of the color and tint? I was told to do so by the pet store person, but I'm not entirely sure if I should do that. Please help, I can't see my fish anymore!
You don't mention the duration of the lights on period. You can adjust the light duration to help control the algae. It is true that you probably have a lot of extra nutrient in the water so the WC will help tremendously but does not need to be 100%. Multiple 50% to 75% every day will accomplish the same thing.

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Hi guys. Just wanted to add a quick update to this thread. I'm honestly not sure if my problem was cyanobacteria or green dust algae because the physical signs of both are so similar. After doing a little research, though, I decided to buy an EcoBio stone. I cleaned the tank then added the stone and have not had a spec of green in the tank since that day two weeks ago. Water parameters all test within normal range and the fish seem really happy. Just an fyi.
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Hi guys. Just wanted to add a quick update to this thread. I'm honestly not sure if my problem was cyanobacteria or green dust algae because the physical signs of both are so similar. After doing a little research, though, I decided to buy an EcoBio stone. I cleaned the tank then added the stone and have not had a spec of green in the tank since that day two weeks ago. Water parameters all test within normal range and the fish seem really happy. Just an fyi.
Random question: where'd you get the EcoBio, I was looking into those for a tank I have yet to set up.
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I bought mine at Petco online. If you're a new online customer you can get a pretty decent discount, too.
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You think I should uncover my tank yet, it's been 6 days...

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You think I should uncover my tank yet, it's been 6 days...

How does it look?

If almost totally cleared up then yes uncover and resume with 1/2 lighting and feeding. And adjust so plant thrive but the uglies don't come back.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

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)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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How does it look?

If almost totally cleared up then yes uncover and resume with 1/2 lighting and feeding. And adjust so plant thrive but the uglies don't come back.


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If you still have the green then keep it covered.

also IME you need to stop adding food also.


sometimes it takes a couple or weeks even though it usually clears up in a few days.

What will happen is all the sudden you notice things a little clearer, then a couple of days later, it is totaly cleared up. So when it starts clearing it clears rapidily.

but I can take some time. But usually only of few days.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

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)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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If you still have the green then keep it covered.

also IME you need to stop adding food also.


sometimes it takes a couple or weeks even though it usually clears up in a few days.

What will happen is all the sudden you notice things a little clearer, then a couple of days later, it is totaly cleared up. So when it starts clearing it clears rapidily.

but I can take some time. But usually only of few days.


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I was actually going to get a plant, if I put a banana plant in there, might it help?
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