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Exclamation Cloudy water, Is it algae? Or something else?

Well after recently upgrading lighting to 2 54 watt T-5's 1 is a 6000k I think and the other is a roseate, the water has not cleared up... I did put in new fluorite a few weeks ago, but that should be settled... kinda looks a little like algae to me... if so any solutions? (hopefully other than a UV)

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Looks like the onset of a green water blowout....
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NO!!! I hate algae bloom...
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ya, definately agree that looks like a diatom bloom to me too.


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Well, luckily none of those are harmful... But other than water changes, is there a way to speed up getting rid of it?
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Duckweed

You need way more plants in your tank, or the algae will get outta control.
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I have no problem with that thanks
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Personally, I'd go with Salvinia if you can. Duckweed works, but it's a pain to deal with. Salvinia is much easier to remove and accomplishes the same thing...not quite as fast as duckweed, but it does grow really fast.


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Well, luckily none of those are harmful... But other than water changes, is there a way to speed up getting rid of it?
If you keep running your lights, even WCs won't get rid of GW.

You have three options:
1) Diatom filter,
2) UV filter,
3) Blackout.

#1 and #2 will give you pretty much guaranteed results if you use the diatom filter or UV filters correctly.
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Duckweed

You need way more plants in your tank, or the algae will get outta control.
or brine shrimp... I've never tried this, but its a cheap idea...

If you use fresh water salt you may have enough for the brine shrimp to survive long enough to eat some of the algae and then get eaten by the fish. Wost case your fish eat good.

I suggest putting your fish in a smaller tank for a day while you give the brine shrimp a chance to eat as much algae as they can and then put the fish back in and see if it changes anything.

Just a thought, if you try it let me know how it goes.

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