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Old 08-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #21
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Didn't think about that Greg. I've been running carbon. What else would you recommend
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:37 PM   #22
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I think I might try some old fashioned filter floss before investing in a troublesome UV sterilizer.
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At night the green seems to subside. When the lights come back on it will bloom again. I had this problem on a customer's tank and it ended up looking like antifreeze. You couldn't see 3" in. I tried water changes to no avail. I was going to cover the tank and the customer refused to have his display covered with trash bags for 5 days....lol..so i googled "green water outbreak" and decided to use the sterilizer. 3 days later the water was clear and then I shut it off for good.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #24
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I'm waiting until I have the money for a uv
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:19 PM   #25
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At night the green seems to subside. When the lights come back on it will bloom again. I had this problem on a customer's tank and it ended up looking like antifreeze. You couldn't see 3" in. I tried water changes to no avail. I was going to cover the tank and the customer refused to have his display covered with trash bags for 5 days....lol..so i googled "green water outbreak" and decided to use the sterilizer. 3 days later the water was clear and then I shut it off for good.
Why can't you just filter the algae from the water? Algae cells are pretty big, a fine mesh or floss will catch them then export them to the trash.
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I don't know why. I even tried algone packets...lol.
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I have a green water setup, I will test tonight what will physically remove the algae. UV sterilizers nuke everything alive in the water, even the good stuff.
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I agree. this is why I used it to remove the green water, and then turned it off.
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I had same issue with my wife's freshwater tank after we moved a year ago. Most of the plants and fish were wiped out. Nothing worked long term. Even tried 100% water change with rodi water(use tap for fw tank). Everything was just a temporary bandaid that lasted a day or two max.
Uv cleared the tank in a day. Remaining plants are finally starting to recover and the surviving angel is now laying eggs every 5 days.
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Sometimes using UV to sterilize the water is the fastest and maybe the best way to correct the issue. But in a reef tank I think it's a trade off.
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