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HELP Algae Explosion!!!!!!
Old 02-28-2007, 06:53 PM   #1
 
HELP Algae Explosion!!!!!!

Hi everyone! Please help. I tried to set up a CO2 thing last night which never ended up working right and when i got home from work today my tank is completely cloudy. I'm not 100% sure it's algae but it makes sence and everythign in the tank is slimey. I just did a 50% water change because I freaked when I couldn't see any of my babies. I don't know if everyone is even still alive!!!! Help..how do I clear the water without putting chemicals in the tank? I already have 2 filters running.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
 
we need more information

1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons)
2. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or saltwater?
3. How long the aquarium has been setup
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know)
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
6. What make/model filter are you using?
7. Are you using a CO2 unit?
8. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day?
9. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed?
10.How often and what foods do you feed your fish?
11.Is your aquarium light incandescent or fluorescent and how often is it kept on?
12.What specific concerns bring you here at this time?
13. Water are your water test results for:
pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate?
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
 
Sorry I just got home from work and went in a panic. I have a 30H. 8 swordtails, 1 pleco, 2 clown(I know I just got them last week and they're very small), 4 guppies. Last night my Nitrite is 0, Nitrate about 40, hard water, pH around 6.8. Right now my Nitites are off the scale and my Nitrates are at abouty 40ppm, still hard water and pH jumped high also. I have an Eclipes powerfilter and a smaller internal canister filter that I just put in yesturday. I only have live plants and yesturday was my first attempt, and possibly my last!, at using co2.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:19 PM   #4
 
My lights, floresent, are on about 10 hours a day and during the time the tank gets about 10 minutes sunlight. I had no idea my Nitrites jumped so high. Because I just did a water change? I didn't put my Cycle in...be right back!!!

Just noticed green all over the walls of the tank even though I cleaned it last night. I thought I was seeing things since I just cleaned the tank!
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
 
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Is it floating algae, or suspended in the water? If it's in the water, you can pick up a UV sterilizer for under $50 that will take care of the algae no problem. I'd take it out as soon as your tank is clear though.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:19 PM   #6
 
its from the excess nutritent of all the nitrite and nitrate levels, do your best at lowering them, also nitrite is highly toxic to fish, a level of this means you havent cyled your tank yet
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:38 PM   #7
 
Would the level of jumped so high because of the cleaning, co2 & extra filter I installed last night? I got one new fish in the past week but I don't think that would be enough to kick it off, would it? Is there any way to lower the nitrite quick? I'm scared I'm going to loose everyone.

The algae is in the water. If I turn the light on it almost looks like powder swirling around in the tank. I can only see about 2 inches in.

Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:45 PM   #8
 
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Would the level of jumped so high because of the cleaning, co2 & extra filter I installed last night? I got one new fish in the past week but I don't think that would be enough to kick it off, would it? Is there any way to lower the nitrite quick? I'm scared I'm going to loose everyone.

The algae is in the water. If I turn the light on it almost looks like powder swirling around in the tank. I can only see about 2 inches in.

Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it
cleaning = loss of bacteria = nitrite spike
CO2 = excess nutrients = algae
New filter, well internal filters are just no good.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:39 PM   #9
 
I felt the smack on my hand for that one! I should have known better. Ugg this is so fustrating knowing it's almost 11pm and I can't do a thing till I get home from work tomorrow night. I'm sure I will have lost most my fish by then. From the research I've done tonight, to me it seems like blue green algae. The only thing missing is it isn't blue or green in anyway...yet. I'm going to stop tomorrow night and pick something up for the algae. Hopfully my nitrite spike will come back down by then.
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:30 PM   #10
 
just do daily 10-15% water changes to get rid of the nitrite and add some hardy plants to lower the nitrate levels, chemicals wont be needed, and stop using the CO2
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