HI folks, Looking again to vent and hopefully get input on green water/cloudy water control in my planted tank. Running for about 4 months now, a 55g heavily planted with the following specs:
approx 4" flourlite/playsand combo substrate (followed Buckmans idea)
lighting: 40W NO GE planta/aquarium bulb, 10 hrs/day
110w PC 6700K, 8 hrs/day
Filter: FILSTAR, XP2...with usual sponges, biostars, ect.
pH holding around 6.8, temp 78-84, depending on weather, 0 ammonia, nitrate,nitrite 0, but also 0 to 1 kH and gH (which I know is low.....although plants look fine) Seachem Flourish additive as recommended.
Fish: low stocked, small assorted tetras, danios, gourami, & cory cats...some ottos for algea (which is nil, except for the green water.
I had really hoped that upgrading to the filstar cannister filter from the aquaclear300 would help....but no. Weekly 40-50% H20 changes and 48-72 hour periods of blacking out the tank help, but it only lasts 2-3 days, then clouds up green again. Everything else is looking and doing well, it's just so disappointing to look at all that beauty through the green haze