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Old 12-21-2003, 12:11 AM   #16
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this is the Diatom that I have... works great..

http://www.thatpetplace.com/MainPro/...040&PgNo=2

you can see it in the corner of this picture...



I used to use it once and a while for really polishing up the ole tank:-) Works on Ick too:-) Its a nice filter to own but not a necessity...
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Old 12-21-2003, 01:48 AM   #17
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I highly recommend the Coralife TurboTwist UV sterilizer. I put the 9W on my 75 gallon tank and in three days my water was clearer than it ever was before, even with the diatom filter. I haven't seen a hint of any kind of algae since.

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Old 12-22-2003, 01:22 AM   #18
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i would love to say that leaving it alone will clear it up eventually...but i've lived with greenwater for over two months now.....and it never goes away......
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Old 12-22-2003, 04:00 AM   #19
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Hubba,

With the amount of tanks in your sig, the $80 to $100 for a UV sterilizer might be money well spent.

If the GW isn't gone after a few days, there is probably a continuous source of nutrients for it in your water. Is your Nitrate/Phosphate level in the recommended 10:1 relation?

If it doesn't burn out by itself as I described you might need to resort to stronger weapons, like diatomaceous earth or as mentioned a UV sterilizer (that reminds me how bad they are for your fish :lol: sorry had to say that).
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:24 AM   #20
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Yeah, you forgot, UV kills ALL your fish!!!!!! LOL
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Old 12-22-2003, 05:56 AM   #21
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I had green water for about a month and used a diatom to clear it up but it kept coming right back within a week. The water would be clear within an hour after putting the diatom filter on. I'd leave it on overnight and then remove it. The last time I did it I left it on for 24 hours. I then cleaned the diatom filter , filled it with fresh diatom powder and ran it for another 24 hrs, then did a 50 percent water change. It's been about 3 weeks and it hasn't come back yet, knock on wood.
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Old 12-22-2003, 07:42 AM   #22
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Just getting worse and worse.
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Old 12-22-2003, 08:31 AM   #23
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http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/GRENH2O.html

A very interesting read on greenwater in ponds, afterall with lighing setups and CO2 etc, many tanks are small indoor ponds...

it seems there are times when use of an algaecide is ultimately needed.
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I've knocked out green water with a UV filter before but a diatom filter seems to do a faster and more thorough job (removes rather than just kills). It's a worthwhile investment, in my opinion.
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yes, I'm looking into getting diatomaceous earth since i already have whisper filters that i can use.....i'm checking the swimming pool supply stores in my area....i hope to find it soon.
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I'm getting very aggrivated I don't know what to do anymore I guess last resort to do a black out. Should I be doing regular water changes?
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You don't want to add more food(minerals) for the algae.
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I'm getting very aggrivated I don't know what to do anymore I guess last resort to do a black out. Should I be doing regular water changes?
So since this started on the 19th, you haven't done any water changes? Give it 3 more days... remember the greener it looks, the faster it could die off. Have you gotten the test kits? What are your NO3 and PO4 readings? How are the discus doing? Is there a lot of leftover food?

If it doesn't get better in 3 days... hmmm. Blackout. Water changes. Maybe get a magnum HOT 250 ($40) and load it up with DE ($5) and do what Mr. Hyde described. Or spend the $90 or so and get a UV sterilizer. It's much more convenient than the DE filter.
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Well i got my nitrate test already and it looked to be 10 ppm. Where can I get a magnum HOT 250 for 40$? I'll buy that scince I have no other choice right now.
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Big Als for example, search for hot magnum. Look for some diatomaceous earth (DE) in swimming pool supply stores. This will clear things up for you...
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