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Old 01-14-2006, 11:13 PM   #1
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My Water is Turning Green?

Maybe a silly question, but...

Our tank is about 2 - 3 months old. Our water has turned green in about a couple of day's time. I'm assuming its free floating algae? Nothing has significantly changed recently other than adding a sand sifting star fish about a three weeks ago. We have a protein skimmer and bio-wheel circulator. We added an actinic/daylight/moon light lighing sytem about a month ago. Any ideas?
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Old 01-14-2006, 11:55 PM   #2
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This happened to us a couple of months after we started our tank.
Where do you get your water from?
How long are you running your lights?
Does your tank receive any natural sunlight?

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Old 01-15-2006, 01:06 AM   #3
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The increase in light could have prompted an algae bloom, likely there are excess nutrients in the system to begin with. I would test for nitrates, phosphates, silicates, etc.
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:53 AM   #4
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Yeah that happened to my moms tank. Hers got like neon green. It started like that but just kept getting worse. The only thing that fixed it was a UV Sterilizer. She got herself one and me one for christmas. She hooked it up and the water was clear in like 3 days. She had the tank right next to a bay window. All that sunlight shining in wasent good. Now she has blinds up.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:02 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the advice! Very helpful.
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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To answer questions:
We prepare the water ourselves.
Our lights run on Hawaii time (sunrise - sunset) - comes out to 10am to 8pm CST.
Yes, our tank is about 10' away from our kitchen bay window.
The only testing I've done is pH and Alk and they always show to be in the normal range and my hydrometer show the salinity to be correct as well.

...... yes, we are beginners.
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Dont worry about being beginners . we all were one at one time. I second the UV light as it will get rid of the algea spores and I also agree with hoops that there are excess nutients in there. Are you using tap water.
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Buy a UV sterelizer that takes free floating algea out of the water and will clear it right up
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You could try running some carbon.
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Aiyi yiyiyi! Had to wait until payday, but finally have the uv sterilizer on the way. I couldn't seem to find one locally for my size of tank so I had to order one on that friendly auction site.
Plan on making a supply trip to the lfs tomorrow too - Thanks for all of your help, I've learned a lot through this green nightmare. Hope to report back with crystal clear water soon.
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