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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:34 am Post subject: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 Hi  Folks,
 
 After  about  an  year  of  up  and  running  one  of  my  tanks  has  a  serious  green  water  problem.  It  started  within  hours  after  changing  50%  water  this  Sunday  and  has  not  gone  away  after  another  50%  change.  The  specs  are  given  below.
 1.  100  Gallons  (4/2/2)  non-planted  tank  with  Malawi  setup  kept  in  the  BALCONY  (shade),  so  plenty  of  day  light.
 2.  Stocking  medium-high  with  15  adults,  5  juveniles  and  about  40  fries.
 3.  Water  parameters  after  the  WC  on  Sunday
 Nitrates  -  20  PPM
 Ammonia  -  0
 Nitrites  -  0
 KH  ~  100  PPM
 GH  ~  200  PPM
 PH  ~  8.2  
 Temp  -  29  C
 I  cannot  cover  the  balcony  with  nets  since  it  is  not  allowed  by  my  apartment  association.
 I  had  purchased  a  product  called  Algae  Away  by  Taiyo  which  I  am  tempted  to  use  but  its  a  "nuclear  bomb"  and  I  will  prefer  to  use  only  as  a  last  resort.
 The  fishes  are  doing  very  well  and  the  water  has  absolutely  no  foul  smell,  just  that  I  am  unable  to  view  most  of  my  fishes   Crying or Very sad.
 Please  let  me  know  what  to  do.......
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:35 am Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 Also  please  note  that  I  have  two  more  tanks  with  absolutely  no  green  water.  They  are  kept  in  the  balcony  too.....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:51 am Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 IMO  Blackout  of  4  days  is  the  best  option.
 After  that  go  for  huge  WC  and  properly  cleaning  the  filter  as  dead  algae  can  clog  the  filter.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:59 am Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

                                                   
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IMO  Blackout  of  4  days  is  the  best  option.                
Quite  dificult,  but  not  impossible!
 
 Do  change  the  water  for  say  about  75%  twice  a  day  for  2-3  days  and  see.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:04 pm Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 I  am  not  sure  if  WC  will  work  since  nitrates  are  already  under  control.  But  I  am  not  sure  about  the  phosphates.  I  don't  have  testers  to  test  phosphates.
 I  am  considering  blackout  actually.  I  am  going  to  wrap  a  black  cloth  around  the  glass  and  tightly  secure  the  hood.  Will  this  work  ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:39 pm Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 Check  if  anyone  among  your  friends  is  having  any  UV  sterilizer.
 It  will  kill  all  the  floating  algae  and  your  water  will  be  clear  within  2  days!  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:21 pm Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 Green  water  is  primarily  attributed  to  sunlight.   Outdoor  tanks  are  much  prone  to  algae  without  a  regular  water  change  and  20-30%  twice  a  week  could  help  it.   You  could  also  cover  the  sides  of  the  tank  other  than  the  front  glass.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 1:38 pm Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

 you  can  release  daphnia.  It  will  eat  up  the  green  water....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:12 pm Post subject: Re: Serious Green Water problem Reply with quote

                                                   
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Green  water  is  primarily  attributed  to  sunlight.   Outdoor  tanks  are  much  prone  to  algae  without  a  regular  water  change  and  20-30%  twice  a  week  could  help  it.   You  could  also  cover  the  sides  of  the  tank  other  than  the  front  glass.                

 Hi  Madhu,  I  have  been  running  this  tank  for  an  year  (apart  from  two  more  in  the  same  amount  of  light).  This  is  the  first  time  I  am  facing  this  problem.  Anyway,  I  am  planning  to  cover  the  tank  with  Black  chart  for  sometime.
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you  can  release  daphnia.  It  will  eat  up  the  green  water....                

 This  is  a  very  good  idea....  Do  you  know  of  someone  in  Bangalore  who  can  provide  me  with  some  ?
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 I  am  bit  confused  as  your  ammonia  reading  is  0  and  you  got  Green  Water.  I  would  say,  don't  take  any  special  steps  to  remove  it.  After  couple  of  days  it  will  go  automatically.  Take  a  look  at  the  below  link.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=7208
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 Ammonia  is  not  necessary  for  algae/GW  bloom  (although,  presence  of  ammonia  can  really  help  algae).  My  tank  is  cycled  and  been  running  for  a  year  so  ammonia  shouldn't  be  there  (also  confirmed  by  ammonia  test  strips).
 I  am  suspecting  phosphates  since  the  nitrates  are  low  too.....
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 I  cleared  my  tank  within  an  hour  using  my  diatom  filter.  I  would  agree  with  Rocky  and  do  the  UV  thing  to  keep  the  tank  in  a  maintenance  mode.  My  neighbor  borrowed  me  and  my  diatom  occasionally  when  she  had  her  green  water  problem.
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My  neighbor  borrowed  me  and  my  diatom  occasionally  when  she  had  her  green  water  problem.                

 
 Hmmm,  you  have  a  neighbor  who  borrows  you?  Man,  you  are  lucky  your  wife  doesnt  read  posts  on  IAH   ROFL  
 
 Of  late  I  have  been  fascinated  by  barbs.  You  could  keep  rosy  barbs  in  green  water  as  they  love  it,  and  show  awesome  colors.  Same  with  ticto  too!
 
 If  I  were  you,  I  would  use  this  tank  to  keep  barbs!
 
 Thats  just  me!
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Hmmm,  you  have  a  neighbor  who  borrows  you?  Man,  you  are  lucky  your  wife  doesnt  read  posts  on  IAH  Â ROFL                  

 Haha,  for  sure  Nitin,  that  was  at  my  apartment  sometime  before  1992.  She  was  a  bird  keeper  and  I  got  her  interested  in  fishkeeping.  She  was  a  lot  older  than  me  but  very  pretty.  My  wife  was  usually   Mad   whenever  I  visited  her.  We  were  just  good  friends.
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