Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-13-2015, 08:09 PM   #341
Giant Clam Addict
Community Admin
 
Sniperhank's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Summerville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18,539
Yeah, green water can be a problem all its own. Black out has been the most effective here in the forums, but there have also been those that use carbon or a uv sterilizer to go along with it. Unknown how effective they are as all were used during a black out.
__________________

Sniperhank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2015, 08:48 PM   #342
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AquaTricia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 540
I'm using carbon as well. I hadn't fed the puffer and shrimp in several days, so I gave them a little Mysis before I blacked out. Thought I'd leave it dark until Friday, 5 days of dark. If the green is gone, I'm preparing to do at least a 50% water change then.
__________________

__________________
People who say that pets lower their blood pressure never had a reef tank!
AquaTricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2015, 10:02 PM   #343
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
wow when did it turn green , I never had any issues that makes the water green , so I'm lost on this part , hope lights out helps don't know how a uv sterilizer would work as I never used 1, the part that confused me was you just did a water change the next thing I see it went green ,
__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2015, 10:27 PM   #344
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AquaTricia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 540
The milky color in the water turned green by the next morning. Never used a uv sterilizer before either. The water is very green, so I went lights out this afternoon. I think that's the best bet. Hurts to look over there and not see a pretty tank.
__________________
People who say that pets lower their blood pressure never had a reef tank!
AquaTricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2015, 12:48 AM   #345
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
alyxandria's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 697
I had a really bad green algae bloom in my freshwater cichlid tank and a UV sterilizer killed all the algae spores in the water column as they went through the filter and past the UV light. I'm not sure if this applies to saltwater as I have never had this issue in my reef rank but I can say it did help me in my freshwater situation. Best of luck, I know how frustrating that can be.
__________________
alyxandria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2015, 09:53 AM   #346
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AquaTricia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 540
Thanks for the post. I think, in this respect, it probably would be the same. I may wind up getting one if the lights out doesn't work. I've heard good things and bad about that unit. I would certainly consider it after I researched.
__________________
People who say that pets lower their blood pressure never had a reef tank!
AquaTricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 06:06 PM   #347
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
my fresh water tank just turned green in the last week , but I know it was my fault as I neglect the fresh water as my daughter claims she maintains it ,
I put the 3 fish in 3 buckets I did a 99% water change leaving just a gallon of the old water , me being impatient not waiting for my daughter to take charge think I over did it as now the fish are acting stupid the 2 huge gold fish are both in a corner facing straight up nothing fazes the pleco though
__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 09:48 PM   #348
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AquaTricia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 540
Nothing ever fazes a Pleco. Haven't checked the FOWLR in a week. Changing the carbon filters every day and they stink. Skimmer pulling green gunk out. Fed a little to the tank tonight as I haven't fed whatever is left in 6 days. Guess I'll tank the blanket off Monday and check it. Unsure whether to do a big water change if it's still green.
__________________
People who say that pets lower their blood pressure never had a reef tank!
AquaTricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 03:18 PM   #349
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AquaTricia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 540
After finding the water green on 7/11, I did a water change. On 7/13 I went lights out and covered with a blanket. Other than a debacle with the blanket getting too close to the outflows of skimmer and filter, the tank has been dark and blanketed since then. I've been changing the media in the filter everyday and put a carbon pad in the basket for the outflow of the skimmer. Today I took the blanket off in a darkened room. Still green. Better, but still green. Blenny is nowhere to be found. Took measurements today. Not so hot.
Ammonia .25 ppm API
Nitrite 7 ppb Hanna
Nitrate 5 ppm Salifert
Phosphate 0.7 Hanna
pH 8.05
Temp 77.7
Salinity 1.023

Per the readings, I believe I need a water change. I have 20 gallons of saltwater prepared from r/o d/I water, and if necessary, I have 5 gallons of distilled water from the supermarket. (Reminder that the tank is 40 gallons with around 40 lbs of rock). By my calculations, that would be a major water change. I would also vacuum the sand. I see my cleaner shrimp and puffer. I have only lightly fed during this time.
Any comments or suggestions? Please?


Sent from my iPad using Aquarium Advice
__________________
People who say that pets lower their blood pressure never had a reef tank!
AquaTricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 05:36 PM   #350
Macro Addict
Community Moderator
 
54seaweed's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7,527
since theirs nitrite showing along with ammonia nitrates and phosphates
I believe a 50% wc is needed you don't want any nitrites, this should be the biggest concern as this is the biggest stress on the fish and inverts , this wc should help reduce all of those readings , and also help reduce the green even more getting rid of more of the phosphates and nitrates that's fueling it ,
from what I see from your readings it's like your going through a mini cycle
strange but true , after you get that big wc I think your going to see that big improvement your looking for , maybe follow with small changes next few days and keep lights out a few more days also , than I think that dreaded nightmare will be gone
__________________

__________________
Save
54seaweed is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fowlr

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FOWLR is no longer FOWLR Yellow Jobber Saltwater & Reef - Identification 7 08-14-2007 12:05 PM
10 gal FOWLR to 30 gal reef upgrade diary...new pics 6/1/07 newfound77951 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 36 06-01-2007 04:32 PM
Upgrading 10 gal FOWLR to 30 gal reef newfound77951 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 9 11-17-2006 06:54 PM
Our 125 gal REEF and 45 gal FOWLR kjord97 Show Off/Photography 6 09-22-2005 11:51 AM
Setting up 29 gal sw fo or fowlr dralarms Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 02-03-2004 09:22 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.