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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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my first case of green algae:

i'm so proud ...

but, hey!!! my plants are pearling nicely:

doesn't that count for something?!?!

i've got the tank in blackout as we speak ... i just thought i would share.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 02:20 AM
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My what a lovely hue it has... :lol:

Dont ya just love surprises !
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Wow, that's impressive. I'd like to see a pic right when your blackout ends if you have time to post one.

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Whoa! How kewl is that!?!

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yegh!

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My what a lovely hue it has... :lol:

Dont ya just love surprises !
well ... i watched that develop over a few days but was too busy to do the thourogh cleaning. besides, i'll be out of town this weekend so i do not have worry about itching to take a quick peek.

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Wow, that's impressive. I'd like to see a pic right when your blackout ends if you have time to post one.

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that is a sure will do!!!

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Some people think those 5000K bulbs are way too green




Nice algae :P
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at least green always has been my favorite color.

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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 07:08 PM
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Are you sure its algae and not bacteria? directly under the light it seems white. Maybe the green color is coming from the green light reflecting off of the plants.
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Yeah, I wondered about that, too! Is the green from floating algae in the water, or is there a scum of green covering the glass. If the glass is scummy, then you've got a bad case of cyanobacteria (aka, blue-green algae).


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Are you sure its algae and not bacteria? directly under the light it seems white. Maybe the green color is coming from the green light reflecting off of the plants.

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looks like green algae to me :P
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post #12 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-27-2004, 07:36 PM
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Awesome green water, nothing else. If it is a new tank, just skipping water changes and ignoring it for a week can do wonders. Let it run its course.
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Reason I ask is because I had a tank once that looked like that because of blue-greens. Nasty, smelly, blue-green scum all over everything! My pleco tried to eat the stuff and croaked, but all of my flake-fed fish did fine.



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Awesome green water, nothing else. If it is a new tank, just skipping water changes and ignoring it for a week can do wonders. Let it run its course.

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Yup, listen to Wasserpest and just leave it along for a week. When I had greenwater there were a lot of suggestions to do a blackout or get a UV filter, but what worked for me (and a friend who is just gettingi over GW) is to just leave it along and dont do any water changes. Patience is the key here! =)
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it's free floating ... very green.

i took those pics, cleaned the tank, covered it up and then did the post ... so, it has already been covered for a day now.

the tank is pretty new ... month or two ... but i just added lights, co2 and have been trying to get the ferts in order. had problems with ferts and then my co2 regulator started leaking so the tank got way out of balance and the algae took over.

i also had quite a bit of bba going on ... can't find any sae's in the area.

everything i had run across from just casual reading here and now more recently on the APD list indicated the blackout would get me reset and moving forward ... i did not actually search out information on it though ... just went on what i had recalled reading.

Wasserpest, EvilKen... i do not doubt you but, it's been 1 day already so i think i should just follow through. thanks for the information though ... i will definitly keep it in mind just in case i have to go through this again.

i do not have very many fast growing plants in there either. so, i have put some on order. they should get here to coincide with the end of the blackout.

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