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Question Fogy water?

My water has been a fogy green color for a few days . I tried changing water ,but that did not help . Do you know what could be causing this?
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That's an algae blooom, commonly referred to as green water (GW), and a sign that something is not in balance in your tank. Here's list of questions that may give us some clues as to what the problem is:

How long has your tank been set up?
What kind and how much light do you have going into what size tank?
What are all the plants and livestock in the tank, is it lightly/moderately/heavily planted, and what size are all the critters?
What are your water parameters- ammonia, nitrIte and NitrAte to start with.
Are you fertilizing? What kind, how much, what's your dosing schedule?





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My tank has beem set up for around five mounths.My tank is a twenty -nine gallon , lights are 17w,one plant for know,4 fish small,zero nitrite ,0.05 ammonia,fertilizer is flora gro.

planing to get new, stronger light ,more fish and plants, but never got to it yet,
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If you only have one plant, you shouldn't be needing any fertilizer just yet.

How often are you doing water changes, and how much are you changing at a time?

Is your ammonia really 0.05 or is it 0.5? I've never seen tests that will test as low as 0.05? If the correct reading is 0.5, then you have a serious ammonia/cycling issue.

Did you cycle this tank/understand what I mean when I refer to establishing a tank's nitrogen cycle?

If you hold something white (like a piece of plastic) just underneath the water, is the water green or just cloudy?





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my ammonia is 0.25 sorry for the error
I add new water about erery two week to replace the water that evaporated
right under my lights the water is cloudy , every where else it's green
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Ok any time ammonia is over 0, you have a problem in a fishtank. Ammonia is toxic to fish.

Since fish are always peeing and pooping in a fish tank (producing ammonia and nitrIte), usually more than the plants can handle and definitely more than your one plant can handle, you need to be doing regular partial water changes (PWC), not just topping off the tank.

Let's start with this and see if it works; cut the time your light is on per day down and leave it on maybe 4 hours a day (if you don't have it on a timer, Christmas tree timers work great and are $5-10 bucks. You'll need your light on a timer not matter what if you plan to get more plants down the road...)

Also change 25% of your water every day for the next week.

Let's start with that, and see how it goes? It might just be that wastes have built up in your tank over time b/c you don't have this tank on a regular PWC schedule.





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thanks for the help I'll try that

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Yep- just keep us posted?





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I did some 25%water changes , the green water would come and just make the good water green too .After a few days of the 25% changes that didn't help much I did a 75% water change that made the water couldy .Then I did a 33% change than atfer that the water began to clear up.

gook thing none of my fish died.
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