Originally Posted by styxx
Agreed. Although I do wonder what would happen with an inline UV? Would the same results occur with the same level of neglect or would the algae proliferation occur in different types/species (more resistant to UV sterilization)? I've always been a believer in the motto "a pound of prevention..." Nevertheless, that is impressive results with such little effort and in such a short amount of time!
Honestly, I've found little use for UV outside of much, much larger aquariums (in the 300+ gallon range). In the 60-P at the gallery I think we've only ever had green water once, and that was fixed after a single water change - which happened because the filter turned off over night.
It's important to note that I didn't so much have "green water" - that was just the pure volume of algae in the aquarium water after scraping the glass, as well as all the nice little spores swimming around turning the water green.
What I have noticed is different types of algae popping up as the result of using different methods
of lighting. It might be my imagination and pure coincidence - but I swear I've been encountering different algae types when using Fluorescent vs. CFL vs. MH. This setup is hardly a test to what algae prop up - but all the others have been fairly formulaic with what shows up when - this one was a curve ball.