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Getting sick of Green water

Alright, its been a month and im REALLY sick of the green water, anyone have a solution? ive got a lowlighting setup but my tank recieves direct sunlight which i believe to be the main cause. should i pick up a UV sterelizer or would just CO2 work?


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UV will kill it and clear the water sized right but it will come back until you adjust overall lighting issue.


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Co2 or co2 booster will help to a piont cover the tank to block out the light and do a big water change.

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I had repeat episodes of GW until I increased the biological media in the sump.

Keeping the window shade down and allowing plants to cover the surface of the tank would get rid of it before I did that however.


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ok thanks all, ill probably try cover the tank firsst before i get into spending some $, but if it doesnt work i might go CO2 for plants along with a UV sterelizer, thanks for the imput


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Def get the UV , they work great , just run when you see a bloom starting , when you do a water change or when you add new plants or fish . they also kill parasites I believe


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Get the UV. CO2 won't do anything for green water.

You can get cheap 9w UV systems from China on ebay that apparently do a bang up job.
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Yeah, UV is the way to go, around $40 from *bay, a little bulky though. I ran it for 2 days and did a big water change. Water is crystal clear afterward. I didn't use it anymore after that (it is an eyesore), but try to fix your root cause or you will have to run continuously.
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Another option is to blast your tank with light. Green water will go away when they've used up all of the nutrients.


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GW is a biological control of ammonia when enough light is present. increase bio media and or oxygen levels. chagne some water frequently to speed up removal.. as it dies it will release ammonia so that has to be handled as well this is the main reason for the water changes.

UV will kill it, not solve the problem

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