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Old 03-15-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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Murky water, noticed algea on glass...


My tank has been the envy of my friends for quite a while. The water has been so crystal clear, and I get so many questions, mainly, HOW? But now, out of nowhere the water is unclear; and I am noticing some of that really hard to scrub off algae dots on my glass. My parameters are GREAT, I do a 50% water change weekly, and I am consistent with my ferts and CO2. The only variable that I can think of would be the bulbs. I have 2 T-8 @ 6500K and 2 T5ho 6500K. How often do these need to be changed? As they weaken could they affect the water like this? You can clearly see the difference below these were taken only a couple weeks apart.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Bulbs could do it.

It also looks like there has been substantial growth between the two pictures, which would mean that a consistent fert regiment may not quite keep up with the demand in the tank. GSA (green spot algae) is often believed to be attributed to low phosphates. Of course, do your own research and testing before acting on it.

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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+1 to everything gSTiTcH said.

Plus, check the filters. More often than not when any tank of mine becomes cloudy, I discover a filter with a fraction of its normal flow, and long overdue for a cleaning.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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To be fair, it may have been 3 weeks between the two pics; however the murkiness DID come on quite quick. Phosphates, interesting...
Yup, I am a graphic designer, been drawing fuzzy critters of all sorts, furry including... Darned internet gives people like me a bad name. Just love to draw cute fuzzy things; and love all animals. The avatar is a furry pic of ME, drew it back in the 90's when I had hair! lol
I've had this tank for a little over a year now. It's been great fun and I've learned so much... Kinda frustrating when things go funky, tho.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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+1 to everything gSTiTcH said.

Plus, check the filters. More often than not when any tank of mine becomes cloudy, I discover a filter with a fraction of its normal flow, and long overdue for a cleaning.
Yeah, I'm gonna increase the frequency of the filter change. Been doing it monthly, always, never had this issue before. So I will go every 3 weeks... Thanks!
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:56 AM   #6
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Clean your filter. Lower your ammonia. Looks like green water diatoms to me.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #7
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My levels are about perfect. I just changed my filter, so well see if that helps. That leads me to another question. How often if ever should a person clean off the non changeable filter, one is the plastic basket that the filter sets in, and the other is a flow thru immediately before entering the tank?
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As often as needed.

I don't set a fixed schedule, but rather do it based on flow restriction (or bypass if a filter instead responds to clogs that way). And generally how ugly things look. I don't bother to keep anything pristine, but if I look at it and go "ewwww", it gets cleaned.
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Have you taken a fresh razor blade to the glass to be 100% sure there is no film at all on it?
I had randomly off water like that once, but it went away. So can't really help you out much.
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Figured as such. "Furdar" and all.

Anyway, best of luck with the tank. :3
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:13 PM   #11
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Looks like you have a slight algae bloom. There's a nutrient imbalance going on.

Standard fluorescent bulbs replaced every 6 mo. T5HO 18-24 mo. respectively.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:58 PM   #12
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(Totally joking!) water changes should be easy with the water wheel! Lol!
That sword is healthy and looks kick butt!
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(Totally joking!) water changes should be easy with the water wheel! Lol!
That sword is healthy and looks kick butt!
Thanks! The sword just went through its first reproductive stage got three babies from it. I rinse off the filter and its holder, the water seems to be clearing a bit. Not bad all in all to go a full year and this is my first problem. This is my first tank, so no big complaints if this as bad as it gets, then I'm quite lucky!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:43 AM   #14
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Wait... You CHANGED the filter? :<

You should only change the filter if it's falling apart. Otherwise, just clean the sucker in tank water from a water change. Replacing media can and will trigger a mini nitrogen cycle.
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Yea, you never replace the media unless it's falling apart, sponge should hold up for years.
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