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Teammuir1 12-28-2009 08:33 PM

Algae bloom
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Here goes everyone... I have been battling an Algae Bloom in my 55 Gallon
tank now for about 3 weeks... This is just driving me crazy....
I do not have any LIVE plants in this tank.....
The water has been changed 2 times in the last week and half.. 50%
water changes both times. The tank has a light film of algae on the glass that
comes off very easily. The last time I did a 50 % water change I also replaced
the Filters.. ( Very Dirty )
Please give me some suggestions.. cause I am missing something.
I built this tank just for Show with cherry canopy and Hutch. White Sand and
White Texas Holy Rocks

So the fist pic is after a 50% water change and then the second pic is
a week after.


Teammuir1 12-28-2009 09:06 PM

I would have figured someone would have posted by now..
I will heading to bed soon so I will check back in tomorrow.

Mecal 12-28-2009 10:07 PM

first off, neat rocks :)

second, you may want to consider some live plants as they can compete against algae.

Angel079 12-28-2009 10:47 PM

Sorry must have overlooked this post earlier today ;-)
Green water is caused by a unicellular algae form, can make it look cloudy or to the extent seen in your picture like spinach cooking gone wrong.

The most common cause for this is known to be Ammonia. So take your test kit, test your water what are the results? This would be driven by overstocking and/ or overfeeding or both; I exclude to little w/c in your case you said you did several large one's already. Its also extremly often seen in new tanks that have been improperly cycled - How long has yours been running
You also have nothing in your tank to "soak up" the available nutrition, which can easily be countered by adding plants.
The imbalance is cause by the available nutrition in your tank and the lights and nothing else but the algae to 'eat it' therefore also a black out (fully covering the tank) where your lights are off are often helpful, followed again by a large w/c

The only other option I know about for the green algae bloom is UV sterilizer, if all above mentioned ideas fail.

Teammuir1 12-29-2009 09:33 PM

AWSOME.... thanks so much for your Reply.......

Your right there is no real plants in there I had a few but
the little boogers ate them lol
well I have been working 12 hour days.. I will get some results back to you all
about the water perameters....
thanks again for the reply.. I have learned much.....


Angel079 12-29-2009 09:56 PM

You're welcome! And don't give up, there's solutions out there (and NO I'm not talking chems) if I can survice and battle 5 diff kinda alage in my 55g incl bacteria bloom to top it all off...You can do a simple green bloom too :)

Teammuir1 12-31-2009 10:46 PM

WELL now to top things all off I have a Cichlid HAP that has EGGS now.....
so I guess I dont know what I am going to do...
If I do a water change . I might stress her were she eats the Eggs...
whats your thoughts about this problem......
I thought about doing a 10 gallon change every day for a week or so...
I DONT KNOW..... I dont want to stress her I would like for her
to have them. ( thas the reason I bought her ).. lol.

Angel079 01-01-2010 10:32 AM

Just keep on doing your w/c and do them like in the opposite corner from where the eggs are, just be sensitive about it and you'll be just fine.

Teammuir1 01-01-2010 05:15 PM

This is a Cichlid.. she hold the eggs in her mouth.. ( mouth brooder )
I had another cichlid in another tank eat her eggs before..
thats why I am being very causeous....

Angel079 01-01-2010 05:35 PM

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:crazy: I'm shouldn't party al night and then add reply's to posts half asleep....sorry man....of cause you're right!

What may be easier for the time being pregnant don't gravel vac. Just hang a hose in 1 corner drain X amount water needed and slowly refill. That should produce the least amount stress IMO.

Also you said about them taking your plants apart, with my Yellows I had best success with Hygrophilia corymbosa...grew nice & speedy and apart from the OCCASIONAL nipping they left the plants alone (here's a pic)

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