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Posted 8/16/2012 7:06:51 PM
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Hi guys,

I was wondering if someone can help me with this cause i have been going crazy with this problem. In my previous 26 gallon tank i was having problems with my water being green. the tank was only 2 and a half months old and i didn't have algae on the tank just in the water. it got so green that i couldn't see the fish i purchased this algae remover and it took the green out but the water has been hazy ever since. Last weekend it started getting green again but i was in the middle of switching tank. i purchased a 46 gallon tank . The aquarium place told me to use my old water from the tank which was starting to get green. i only used half of it and filled up the rest with fresh water. The tank has been up since last Saturday and im already starting to see a bit of green in the water.
it's not from over feeding cause i only feed every other day. my lights are only on about 8 hours. and my water ph, ammonia, nitrates and nitrites are all good. does anyone know what could be the problem .

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Posted 8/17/2012 11:15:39 AM
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Can you tell us more about your type, wattage of your lights, age/type of bulbs? What is your feed schedule and volume? What are the quantities and sizes of your fish? What is the filtration you have? What kind of ambient light do you have? What are your exact ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings?

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Posted 8/17/2012 11:38:18 AM

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^ I ditto that response

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Posted 10/10/2012 8:47:05 AM
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I had the same problem with GREEN WATER in my 75 gal tank and I bought a UV sterilizer and filter combo with a skimmer all in one at TRU AQUA.  I couldn't believe it but within about 5 days the tank was perfectly clear. I guess you could buy just a UV sterilizer but the combo worked great.  I liked the skimmer also but you have to make sure you keep your water level up

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Posted 10/12/2012 3:41:46 PM

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Eight hours a day is a lot of light unless you're growing live plants.  If the tank is near a sunny window you might try to shade that side of the tank with some dark construction paper or something.  But doing a lot of water changes can actually accelerate algae growth, which is what I think you're seeing now. 

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Posted 10/25/2012 10:54:59 AM
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     I had this problem once. I bought a Phosphate test kit and found that the Phosphate was high. I discovered that though the lights are on 12 hours a day (On a timer), this was not the problem. I stopped feeding the fish as much, and less often, used a good Phosphate remover, bought 3 Clown Plecos, added 3 tadpoles, and my problem disappeared.

     What is your source of water? You didn't say. Some municipal water suppliers aren't all that great. 

     The tadpoles were given to me by the LFS I shop at who stated that the tadpoles come in with every shipment of Goldfish from their supplier in MO, check with your LFS about this. Now that winter is coming on, you may have to wait until spring.

     The tadpoles did NOT add diseases to my tanks and the only thing tadpoles eat is algae.

     The benefit of tadpoles is that they will eventually morph into polywogs and then frogs. I set up a 20L with construction sand covering about 1/3 of the bottom at a depth of about 4 inches. I wedged a piece of slate in the bottom to hold it all together and filled the remainder of the tank with water to a depth of 3 inches and I use a semi- submersible filter to keep the water clean. 

     I feed the frogs crickets and nightcrawlers and I'm hoping that I have a male and a female so that they will lay eggs and I will have a lot of tadpoles, not that I have a lot of algae any more. I still have another tadpole that hasn't morphed yet so I'll wait and see.

     The way I see it, since the tadpoles are offspring of frogs that are native to the US and to the state of WV (Which is why the municipal water supply is not what it should be) where I now live, I'd be raising frogs that would probably be free of Kitrid, a fungus that is affecting and killing entire species of frogs worldwide. I've checked with the WVDNR who stated that I can release them into the wild around here and improve the chances of survival of our native frogs. 

     It does sound kind of strange, but give tadpoles a try.   

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Posted 10/25/2012 12:28:49 PM

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Tadpoles do not eat algae.

Also, if you change three to five different things at a time, it would be difficult to nail down which one actually helped the algae problem.

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