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Old 12-20-2003, 04:35 AM   #1
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Oh well this is going to suck. I don't want to do a black out because my discus need to eat. I did a 50% water change cut off the fertilizers. 6.5PH, 0 ammonia. I don't have the KH GH Nitrate testers yet they are coming in this week. What causes green water anyway? Phosphates? I have 145 watts over my 46 gallon tank. Any other suggestions are great should I buy a diatom filteR?
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Old 12-20-2003, 04:39 AM   #2
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Ouch :shock: :shock: Greenwater is the worse.... Yea it is usually phosphates.... Plant sticks/root tabs that get uncovered can cause it too, at least from what I have read on this forum and others... A UV and a diatom will make quick work of it... Or just the Diatom by itself...



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No rough word plz.I got green water in my bare tanks all the time.Excessive light and heat may cause greenwater.Cut down the lights and feedings will help. Daily water change will have them out of the water.Nothing to do with kh and gh i think.Is the tank planted?
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hey wellbiz what's a diatom filter? can give me some info?
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Old 12-20-2003, 04:48 AM   #5
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Ace,

http://www.thekrib.com/Filters/diatom.html and do a search on this forum for some more info.... Just a filter with real small @1micron or less filtering media. It polishes the water


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Old 12-20-2003, 05:28 AM   #6
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I dont use plant food sticks..............I don't do gravel water changes nomore. What do you think of bright N clear says it removes phosphates. Oh yeah I took out my filter media a month ago. I use bio-media, filter floss, and sponge in my fluval 303. So I don't have carbon anymore. I was thinking of trying "RENEW" from seachem. Green water is so sad looking. lol
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Old 12-20-2003, 06:07 AM   #7
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NY,
How old is your tank?
What is your phosphate level? Before you start to fight phosphate, you should at least know how much you have!
What is your nitrate level? Good to know!
Those two should be present and balanced.

IME blackouts and water changes do not help with green water. I would avoid both, and instead continue like normal, trying to ignore the green water The greener and thicker it gets, the quicker it will be gone. After a few days it will have eaten up all the nutrients that it needs, and things will clear up for you.

A diatom filter will filter them suckers out, but again, I would just let it run it's course and wait it out, because as soon as you disconnect the diatom filter, things will get thicker again.
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Old 12-20-2003, 08:09 AM   #8
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Well I don't have a phosphate test kit or a nitrate test kit. I have a nitrate test kit coming this week but couldn't find a phosphate test kit. My tank is about 3-4 months old.
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Old 12-20-2003, 12:54 PM   #9
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GW is more associated with high nitrate levels than phosphates. In fact the quickest way to get GW is to put some Urea in the tank. That's the most common form of nitrogen in terrestrial fertilizers. While you can use a UV or a Diatom filter to cure the GW you need to find out what caused it or it will just come hammering back.
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Well I don't have a phosphate test kit or a nitrate test kit. I have a nitrate test kit coming this week but couldn't find a phosphate test kit. My tank is about 3-4 months old.
Aww. :cry: http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...product=RS3119

Many tanks go through a GW phase during their initial period of finding balance. Once they clear up they seem to be immune...
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Old 12-20-2003, 05:57 PM   #11
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Wow I can barely see my fish now. The plants are not visible a long time ago. Man I wish I had a camera to take a pic of this I was looking at Ross's thread about greenwater and I think I passed that.
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Monitor your fish... if they seem to be low on oxygen in the mornings, add an airstone or increase water movement during the night time, when the algae use up O2.

Give it 5 to 7 days :shock:
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There's hope. Water changes (nothing too extreme - 50% twice within a week), a UV sterilizer and some filter floss in the Fluvals is all it took for me.
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Sorry the tank is busy. I'm trying to figure what I can grow.
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Old 12-20-2003, 08:52 PM   #14
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wow mine is just as bad.........Can it be my tap water that has too much phosphate I hope this phosphate tester comes in soon.
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Old 12-21-2003, 01:09 AM   #15
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I had GW...on both tanks. I did the backout for 72+ hours. GW came back (i did monitor P and N). I later got a UV ster. and the GW was gone in a day. It hasn't come back since. My water is now clearer than it has ever been ..even before GW came into play.
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