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Old 06-25-2017, 12:21 AM   #1
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Help. Algae Bloom won't go away

Hi. Just joined and was hoping someone might have a suggestion.

In November I noticed my tank water started to get cloudy. Over a few days my crystal clear tank turned to a white/yellow/green soup colour.

I read the forums, did water changes, filter changes, UV stabilizer changed twice and after 6weeks I took out all the rocks and washed them with hot water...more of a really intense bath. Just after Christmas it cleared up.

The about two months later it started again and now no matter what I try I'm always in various stages of it coming back. I think it's gone and water "seems" clear but with 5 days the water starts to get cloudy again.

I bought a really expensive filter made of nano beads, as well as a phosphorous filter. I've ordered another green machine UV stabilizer. I use Aquaclear filters, charcoal or the ammonia/charcoal style plus one of the expensive filters I mentioned first. And the bio max. It's a 45gallon tank. I run two filters, a 50 & 20 plus the uv stabilizer. It's a community tank and water levels all seem to test positively when I check.

If you have any advise I'd be eternally grateful. Thanks.
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If you would include stocking, water change schedule, type of light fixture(s), and how many hours the lights are on per day then that would be helpful.
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If you would include stocking, water change schedule, type of light fixture(s), and how many hours the lights are on per day then that would be helpful.


Well I have Kissing Gorami, blue gorami, a rainbow shark, a few black skirts, three bottom feeders that look like catfish, two Africa dwarf frogs and a bunch of algae eaters and a couple of misc plates. I got the tank from a friend last summer and so most of the fish came with that tank.

I used to leave the lights on all day and never had a problem but recently have only been only turning the light on for a few hours a night after work.

I have the long led ballasts. One bulb is straight white lights and one bulb has alternating white and red. I have two ballasts over the tank.

I've been changing the water every two - three weeks at least 50% sometimes 75%. I use Prime & PH Regulator and clarifier sometimes.

I bought a live plant and added flourish to get it started but I suspect now that the flourish didn't help the situation. And the plant died.
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