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Old 04-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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newbie to salt water tanks.. Needs help

i have some questions??. I new to salt water, and i bought a used 55 gallon fish tank with live rock and live sand, and recently the water is starting to look greenish and was wondering if anyone knows how to fix it, im up for any suggestions
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:16 PM   #2
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sounds like an algae bloom you can try doing water changes that will help do you use ro/di water or tap?
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lol sorry what does ro/di mean?? i used tap water
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #4
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Reverse Osmosis Deionized water basically it takes everything thats bad out of the tap water and makes it pure i linked to a unit to give you a better idea it just filters all the inpurities out of the water so all your left with is pure water check the link their not all that expensive im just showing you what it looks like http://www.marinedepot.com/reverse-o...axxima-ap.html
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oh okay no i dident, im new never heard of that, im trying to learn more before buying anything else, could my light also cause it i just found out that my lights are 3 years old, is it true you need to change you lights 1 a year??
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yea that could also be a cause what type of lights are they? you probably need new bulbs
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there coralife bulbs i have 2 of them cause i have a 4ft light fixture. there 65 watt with the blue and white colour
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yea if they are infact that old you definately need new bulbs
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okay, if i buy more snails would that also help, but i will do more water changes, but i cant afford that machine just yet lol, any other tips to help control and get rid of it
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change bulbs and do water changes but the tap water is probably a contributing factor theres alot of bad stuff in tap water thats no good in the sw aquarium causes algae problems maybe you can buy ro/di water from a local aquarium shop
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