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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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green water and tank redo

This is what my tank looks like 2 days after a 80% water change.
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I know what the problem is. I've only been changing water once a week and not vacuuming much due to all the plants. I've got an excess of mulm. I got rid of the staghorn with the 1-2 punch weeks ago but it didn't help with the green water. I plan on breaking it down Thursday to paint the back and add more eco-complete (adding another inch to go from 2" to 3"). I'm wondering about the gravel. Should I take a few handfuls of gravel and just rinse lightly in fish water to preserve as much bacteria as possible and rinse the rest outside and let it dry in the sun? Rinse the filter media in fish water too. Is that going to be enough to get rid of the green water? Or should I just rinse it all and get new filter media and let the plants reseed the tank with some safe start and the bacteria from the eco-complete. I really don't want to lose my stock. 1 beta 8 neons a clown loach and an oto in a 13g. I'm getting some am-quell for emergency. Lol even with all the green water the plants are still growing like crazy just a few pin holes from getting rid of the staghorn. I separated 1 crypt and got 5.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-05-2014, 08:09 PM
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Wow isn't this similar to what I had just few days ago:

I did few big water changes (50% ), for my situation i did a black out for few days, after that I cut down on light period and ferts for now and yes I put a uv as well.. Mine is getting better now. . Yours will. . Hang in there !

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Hehehe, yeah I've done days worth of blackouts and I haven't used ferts or excel since I did the 1-2 punch that had to be 2 months ago. The water has been green for months. I don't have a UV but I'm pretty sure it's just too much mulm in the substrate. I tend to over feed . I'm making big changes in all 3 of my tanks and I'm setting up a new 55 over the next few months. Right now I want to get rid of this problem so I can see how some different ground covers will do in my water. I don't want to make a whole bunch of changes to the 55g. It's easier to research in the small tanks 1st. I've got glosso, dwarf baby tears, Staurogyne repens, hair grass and some bare root plants coming in Thurs from so I want the tank back up as soon as possible.
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Just curious has anyone used the SunSun JUP-01 9W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump? I have a HOB so if I get a UV it's going to need to be something like this.
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