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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-29-2010, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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My Tank + Fogginess/Green Water Algae Question

This is my first attempt at a planted aquarium. The tank was first filled 24days ago.

The Tank:
55gallon (21"deep), 60lbs of flourite, Eheim ECCO 2235 canister filter w/purigen, four 65watt power compact daylights (on for 10 hours a day), pressurized CO2

Seachem Flourish ferts with alternating macros and micros every other day.

Plants:
Cobomba, Hornwort, Moneywort an Amazon Sword and an Anubias nana

Fish:
7 oto cats, 1 cherry barb

Parameters:
Temp 78F
Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5ppm
pH 7.4, KH 16

ABout 5 days ago the tank started to become cloudy and has become progressively worse. At first it seemed milky but now it seems more green. The plants are still growing, cabomba adds almost an inch a day as does the hornwort. The moneywort has visible growth and both the anubias and the sword have new leaves. I also have a good bit of algae growth on the wood and glass. Nitrates just started showing up about the time it started to look cloudy and I did the first water change on the tank yesterday. If this is a green water algae bloom what could be causing it and how do I fix it? Thanks
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 07:48 PM
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when i had this i used Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Algae Fix. havent had a problem since. safe for plants and fish.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-30-2010, 07:51 PM
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i would like to make a minor suggestion...

cut back your photoperiod,

also hit the filter with HBH phosphate pad, i use them all the time.
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I would run one light for now. If you want to keep all the lights on bet four bits you need to add a whole lot more NPK than the labels suggest.

When I had green water the phosphates were 'high' because nitrates were zero. If nitrates started showing up when the water went cloudy perhaps you need to add more phosphate, not get rid of it. Plants need that stuff, it is just not balanced well enough for plants to keep the algae from using it up.

Are you sure your CO2 is spot on?
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if nitrates first started showing up then you still had some ammonia present at the time that it all started. high light + ammonia = green water.

daphnia will do the trick for you
talk to craigthor, he's the man who can solve your problem

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sw...g-daphnia.html
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blackouts were the way i always fixed my GW on my 2.5g but im to cheap to get a uv filter


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Green water. I bought a UV filter and it was totally clear in 12 hours.
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