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Algae bloom!

Help I've got a terrible Algae bloom going on after installing new bulbs. At first I thought it was temporary but it has not gone away for a month. I have a 72 gal bow front with 4 x 65w PC bulbs. I run my diatom filter on it almost nightly and it just comes back the next day. Last Saturday I changed 90% of the water and ran the diatom for for 5 hrs and it was crystal clear. I thought that was that. Nope. By Tues it I had a green tank once again. I might add this is an established, heavily planted tank since the year 2000.

What in God's name is going on here!
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After re-reading my post I neglected to mention this is suspended algea not algea on anything. It's green water. Sorry.
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Try a UV filter...it works like magic

o and read this......unirdna did an awesome job on studying GW.....https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ysis-data.html
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Water changes, ammonia tests, proper fertilizing, good to go.

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I would stick with UV...and not water changes. There's a chance that whatever is causing it is from the wate supply so every time you change 90% of the water you simply make the matter worse. But UV has always worked for me. I haven't had it since I installed my UV filter. and I tried everything else.

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UV is working for me. After the 1st 24hours i could see more of the tank.

I bought the one posted from Petsmart that has it's own pump.

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Try a UV filter...it works like magic

o and read this......unirdna did an awesome job on studying GW.....https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ge...ysis-data.html


Thanks. Looks like I've got a ton of reading to do. My tank looks just like Organic Sideburns' tank by the way.

So how much do UV filters go for these days?
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