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red slime will not go away no matter what!
Old 04-14-2008, 12:50 AM   #21
 
so your saying that my filters might have help cause this problem? what type of filter system should I be using then?

do you have a protein skimmer that your would use over another? how much do you think I would be looking to spend to get one? my lights were $150 and if a protein skimmer is more than that idk what I will do :/ I dont mind at all putting money into my tank but if its more than $150 for a good one then Im going to have to save up a bit before I will get one.

Thank you very much for your help!
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:21 PM   #22
 
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Not using a sump, you will need a skimmer that hangs on the back of the aquarium. There are a number of skimmers available in the $150 price range. Check out a few internet sites and learn the features of the available units. I would start with www.ThatPetPlace.com.

I have personally found the SeaClone model to be simple and effective for aquariums 29 gallons AND SMALLER. I would never push the limits of this skimmer, but it might fit your wallet and need.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:07 PM   #23
 
its still not getting any better so I have gone out and got a 10 gallon tank and am going to put the polyps in there along with my light till I can figure something out. its still not getting any better despite everything I have done :/ the guy that I always talk to at the pet store says it could be a very hardy algae spore that came in from the lake behind my house. Im overlooking a lake in my apartment and with the weather getting nicer out I have started to open my patio door and my bedroom windows to enjoy the weather. do you think it could have came from that?
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #24
 
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I think it is highly unlikely that an algae spore from the lake outside your home is the cause of your green water. Moving on...

Despite the comments Dawn made, i still believe you need to clean your filter pads daily. The denitrifying bacteria growth on your filter pads is minimal, and the reduction in phosphate buildup by cleaning your pads can be significant. I speak with a wealth of experience on this specific suggestion. I don't think your biofilter will skip a beat as a result of these daily cleanings.

Have you contacted Dawn to have your water tested? This needs to be the next step, as soon as you are finished cleaning your filter pads. ( that was a friendly jab Dawn
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:51 PM   #25
 
I have not talked to Dawn directly yet about having my water tested but I will try to send out an email tomorrow asking about it.

I will clean my filter pads every day since you dont think it will hurt it. I have not been cleaning them out due to the past advise LOL but I will start doing that also.

again thank you sooooo much for your help!!! hopefully setting up this other tank and killing the lights for a few days will be all I need to get my beautiful tank back looking good!
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:41 PM   #26
 
I just wanted to let everyone know that I went out and got a 24watt UV sterilizer and put that in the tank and within 2 days its crystal clear!!!

Thanks for your help!!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:21 PM   #27
 
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good for you. I have always been a huge believe in UV's, but the hobby as a whole has not caught on. I am setting up a 37 and I already purchased my UV!
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:22 PM   #28
 
well with that said, KEP IT PLUGGED IN. LOL
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:41 PM   #29
 
yeah Pasfur Im with you now in saying I dont think I would want a tank without one! it seems way to easy for something small to get control and just take over and this UV is going to keep that in check lol. I almost forgot what my tank looked like when it was clear lol. Im sooooo happy to have my tank back to the way it was, and I didnt loose one polyp or anything other than the green algae in the process! I was for sure my polyps were a goner too lol.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:01 AM   #30
 
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I just wanted to let everyone know that I went out and got a 24watt UV sterilizer and put that in the tank and within 2 days its crystal clear!!!

Thanks for your help!!!
was reading your thread, do you recommend getting a 24watt UV sterilizer with a protein skimmer and filter?
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