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Old 08-29-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
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green algae on my tank

hi there..im new to saltwater aquarium..im just wondering if anyone can help me understand if green algae growing on my tank is ok?or how can i solve this problem?i would appreciate it if anyone can help.thanks..
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:15 AM   #2
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whats all your water readings,feeding schedule,ro/di water,water changes and light times.
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The salinity level is within limit. Feeding is 3x a day in small amounts. i use tap water,lighting is on most of d time i use halogen lamp...
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:49 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!!!

What are your water parameters? Ammonia, nitritre and nitrate? The algae is most likely being caused by tthe tap water and overfeeding. Unless oyu have a needy fish you can feed just once a day. And if you can buy your water from the fish store that would help even more. Since your mixing your own salt water you can also get ro/di water from your local supermarket from one of those machines for 30 cents a gallon.
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Can distilled water be used if RO is not available?
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:38 PM   #6
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Distilled water is fine. But a halogen light? That's your culprit. It is too yellow, that's why you have algae.
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From what I have read distilled is actually better than RO/DI. Distilled water is the water vapor from boiling water. RO/DI is easier to do yourself plus you don't have to buy it. Don't get me wrong I have my own RO/DI so that's what I use. Sry didn't mean to hijack thread.
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you can also get ro/di water from your local supermarket from one of those machines for 30 cents a gallon.
Not to nit pick, but those machines are only RO, they do not have DI.
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The machines I got my water from were in fact ro/di. Had little pictures of every filter and an explanation on the front. They were also were inspected weekly with a log on the front as here in florida its considered a "food product".

Not sure about the walmart machines though, but I know my publix and winn dixie were the same.
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The machines I got my water from were in fact ro/di. Had little pictures of every filter and an explanation on the front. They were also were inspected weekly with a log on the front as here in florida its considered a "food product".

Not sure about the walmart machines though, but I know my publix and winn dixie were the same.
Be careful of the walmart machines. That water wiped out a friends tank. The key is to check the last date of inspection as Carey points out. I just buy distilled water from my local supermarket for .79/gallon. Hopefully I'll get an ro/di setup soon.
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