Greenwater Blackout, safe for fish? - The Planted Tank Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-07-2007, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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Greenwater Blackout, safe for fish?

Well, after staring at thick greenwater for about two weeks I've decided to do a 5 day blackout. My question is, are my fish gunna be okay in there for 5 days? Can they find food in the dark? I have 6 Corydoras hastatus, 1 guppy, 1 oto, and 2 amanos (and some snails). It's a 10gal with lots of plants.

Another question: I've recently had some snails sneak into my tank and they've been multiplying faster than I can take them out. Is it possible that the snails are adding a significant amount to the bioload and throwing off my nitrates, triggering the greenwater? If that's the case, I need to start doing more to get rid of those, too. Any suggestions for snail removal? I've just been plucking them out as I saw them, but there are too many hiding places in there. Perhaps I'll look into making one of those snail traps.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-07-2007, 04:52 AM
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1) Your fish will be fine w/o food for 5 days.
2) No, your snails aren't contributing to the greenwater problem, although they're quite unsightly.
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