Green Tank Water
I've been at it for 3 weeks now, my tank water is green. Here's a copy of a question i posted 2 weeks ago on yahoo answers.
1 female guppy
5 fry(3 weeks old)
1 fry (2 days old)
I am feeding my fish now, the fry aren't pooping as much and there are no longer any plants in my tank.
its a 20L Aqua Mode 300.
Please help, its stressing me out, and probably lollipop(my female guppy).
You might try feeding only once per day. You only have seven? fish so a very small pinch of food should provide enough. Perform twenty percent water changes weekly with dechlorinator for new water. vaccum a small area of the gravel at each water change ,a different area each time. Reduce lighting in the aquarium to three or four hours per day unless you have live plants, Move aquarium away from window if that is where it is located. And you should make sure filters are replaced when they begin to slow the flow of water . These should help your situation. Your tank did not get in this condition overnight and there is no overnight cure. By that I mean I would resist the urge to use chemicals in the tank to try and clear the problem. :)
Green water, while ugly, is not dangerous to fish or plants. It usually takes care of itselft but can take a while (several weeks). Do what 1077 is suggesting. Water changes help only to some (small) extent though; the only way to get rid of the stuff immediately would be a UV sterilizer.
thanks guys, i'll go back to doing the weekly water changes, and i'll leave the light on less. if my water isn't better in two weeks i'll tell you.
Sorry for the double post but i'm not allowed to edit.
here are some photo's of my fish tank.
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/4654/imgp0471nq6.jpgthat is a bristlenose catfish, i have two of them
http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/4587/imgp0475cc3.jpgthis is the mother and a fry
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/7408/imgp0476eb5.jpgThese are the older fry.
I tried to take pics of my fry but they were to fast, the mother wasn't as shy, which isn't like her, she normally runs away from me, but she hasn't lately.
im suprised you know how many fry are in that tank.
PS: I just found a dead fry, it was the biggest of them all.
After looking at the photos of your tank a couple things come to mind. The first being your filter may need replaced and the second , Is it possible that paint or coating on decoration is leaching off and into the water?
I'm just curious. why would i need to change the filter? ps: my filter is an underground filter
Ughh...I fought with green water in an old 20 gallon I had awhile back. It looked just like your tank. I could hardly see the poor fish. Water changes, algecides, gravel vacs...nothing seemed to help. It kept coming back. Eventually I bought a new filter rated for a 60 gallon tank because the one I had on there was old and a piece of crap. The water cleared right up! I have heard that sometimes green water has to run its course and then will clear up. But the new filter seemed to really help.
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