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Old 01-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #41
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So I did a 25% water change, and scrubbed a good amount of the algae and diatoms off...to no avail. It's coming back.

Here are my options, given that I am at my wit's end:
1. I dose the tank with chlorine, and start over.
2. I tear the tank down, toss it in the garbage.
3. Buy some chemicals to treat the algae/nitrates in the water.

If I go with option 3, what should I buy, and what brand?
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:19 PM   #42
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dont dose chlorine, dont throw in a bunch of chemicals to treat algae or nitrates. find out where they are coming from, increase water changes, and deal with it proactively. adding chemicals wont pay off later.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:31 PM   #43
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What could be a probable cause? I use R/O water from a local water store...and I don't have any critters in it at all?

I've just come out the end of my cycle, but I dont' know why there are so many nitrates left in the water! This is the 3rd tank I've started and easily been the biggest headache lol.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:02 AM   #44
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Your cycle would have resulted in nigh nitrates! This is food for algae. Do a very large water change, 50% or larger! Just cycled my 100 before Christmas, did a 80% water change and my nitrates went from off the chart to 20!


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Old 01-17-2015, 01:31 PM   #45
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Ok, I'll go stock up on one or two more 5 gallon jugs of water and do that. Yikes...50% lol!
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Just get a plastic bin! I use a couple 27 gal bins for my water change


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Old 01-17-2015, 01:57 PM   #47
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Do you by chance have a pic of your set up?
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Setup is a big mess right now just really got it fully going a few weeks ago, havnt had time to organize yet!


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Ok! Once you do, snap me a pic!
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maybe this water your buying isn't as pure as you thought


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