Thread: Green Water problem gone!!
07-05-2012, 04:57 PM #1
Green Water problem gone!!
After much help from this thread, http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93880 I think I finally got my green water under control.
After a 25% water change and a 2 and a half day blackout without feeding my fish at all I turned the lights back on to find that the green water had drastically reduced and I could see the back of my tank again. Then after a day or 2 of having my lights on to their normal schedule of 8 hours again the green water came back.
I decided to go the route of several days in a row of small water changes but had to wait 2 days before I could start this. After waiting the 2 days and deciding to start the WCs I noticed that my tank was back to being clear!
My plants must have done the trick to suck up the nutrients after the blackout and they are continuing to do well and the green water is gone!
Its so exciting I just had to tell people. My advice to anyone with green water is to use lots of plants, even if they are just temporary to use up nutrients. Floating hornwort is great as it grows quickly and if you do not want to keep it just remove it after the algae is gone.
Also, find out why the algae started. In my case it was partially overfeeding and waste being stirred up from a substrate change.
Thanks for all the help before and sorry for the long post
07-05-2012, 07:03 PM #2
I'm glad to hear you got things back on track.
Thanks for the up-date !
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07-30-2012, 07:21 PM #3Junior Member Guppy
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Awesome. I just started reading all your posts and some articles posted in the sticky. I too am suffering from terrible GW.. So i just turned my T5HO light off, closed my curtains and am hoping the light in my room (incandescent bulb) doesn't take effect to the process. I'm going to start the WC's in a couple days and pray for the best. I'm going to monitor the nitrate levels in my tap water as well.
Thanks for your intel. I hope this works for me as well.
p.s. I too have a decent number of live plants in the tank. So high hopes!
07-30-2012, 08:12 PM #4
I would also suggest that you get some really fast growing plants and put them in just to help get rid of the green water and then once that's taken care of you can get rid of them. Just make sure that you take care of the problem so the green water doesn't come back.
07-31-2012, 01:16 AM #5Junior Member Guppy
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Green hornwoth it is. I hope my lfs has some in stock. These plants cost more than fish lol