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i am wondering if any one can tell me if my tank has new tank syndrome or if its green algae i cant tell, this is my first tank. the tank i 55g. and has bean running for about two months. never had a prob but now i have this cloudy water. the ony thing that i did (a day ago) was put more media in my fluval 305(floss, more clay for bio filter and puregen) and ake out a piece of would, and now its cloudy. Sucks to be me.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-01-2007, 10:10 PM
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Looks like a bacteria bloom. You can wait it out, diatom filter it, Ive heard of Purigen but have never used it. Tank looks nice besides the green.Green water never hurts, its sometimes what people do to try to get rid of it fast.
You will get lots of good tips here on how to rid it.
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Congratulations! You have green water!

Probably one or a combination of too much nutrients, lighting, or waste. It looks ugly, but it doesn't cause any significant harm to your fish.

New tank syndrome has to do with the nitrogen cycle, when nitro-converting bacteria hasn't caught up to the bioload in the water system yet. So I don't think it's new tank syndrome if there's no ammonia or nitrite spike, or high nitrate levels, or if your fish aren't dying.

I saw a thread where somebody neglected their tank and got super green water. He bought a UV sterilizer and that helped a lot. Best thing to do is probably water change, cut down on lighting and/or fertilizers, reduce the fishload and add more plants.
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Most definitely green water. I recommend 3 day blackout.

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thank you so much. uv, black out, water change i will try it all
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I found a really good thread on APC by coincidence!

It's actually a sticky, so it must be good.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ap-method.html
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The cheapest option, next to the blackout, is just to add a ton of fast growing plants to the tank, even if you just float them at the top. That will be the easiest way to soak up the excess nutrients causing the green water.
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0 NO3 with that much light leads to problems.
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