Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
OK, I finally got time to read some replies... First, thanks for all the help! I don't know what I'd do without the internet! It doesn't look as if the triple NO is going to work (NO changes of any sort). I just think that there is more I can do than do nothing. Anyway here are some thoughts.
First, I am pretty sure my water has 1 ppm PO4 in it, so it hard to fertalize any other way...
The last thing I want to do is diatom it, though it is possible I might have to do it. Thanks for your offer, digger, I might take you up on it (via PM).
I was thinking on my way home from my piano lesson and the fish store (not looking to buy much to put into my green soup!) about ways to kill algae. You know, examining all possible solutions. I eliminated the "week of super water changes", the RO water (for a temporary solution, the worst), and most other primordial solutions.
However, I was highly considering a blackout. It worked once, it failed twice, but was I really careful the second two times? Anyway, this is when I thought about the staggared lighting, you know, when you have an hour of light in the morning, then off for an hour, and then back on? This is pretty successful in fish-only tanks, but as it is bad for algae, it is bad for plants too. But I figured my plants can't be doing well anyway, after all, if they were thriving, I probably wouldn't have green water.
I thought about doing a blackout, but with 1 hour of light each day, in which I can lightly fead the fish (don't have to, but figured I might as well if the lights are on), and the algae can waste its time powering up for photosynthesis. Then the light would turn back off for 23 hours. Would this make the algae die faster and be more efficient?
Just want anyone's reccomendations on whether or not this would work or not... By the way, I am starting the blackout tonight. (7/14)
Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.