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Old 01-29-2007, 03:51 PM   #1
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Water Cloudy?

Hey guys, I have come a LONG way in this hobby thanks to you guys!

I have switched from CC to Playsand, got a RO/DI unit, and I know what to test and how. So Thanks for that!

I recently did a PWC of 10%, I had a ton of algae (green) growing all over the back of the tank glass. I scraped it off got most of it out. Since then I have had a major algae bloom. Most of it is Cyano, and a little bit of brown. The tank is just full of bubbles and is now a little clowdy. I would do a PWC but I just did it 3 days ago. I have tested everything and it all is well below the "danger zones". I know its har to get the PO4 reading when Cyano is present. Also I only feed a small bit of flakes and to cubes of frozen brine shrimp every 2 days. Any advice?

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I'll post up some pics later. Im charging my camera.
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Water Cloudy?

Flakes are great for phosphates.
More frequent PWCs are definitely needed.
How long do you run your lights?
What exactly are your test results?
How much are you feeding?
Are you running GAC?
You have a huge bio-load (12 fish) in a 55G, if your info is still correct.
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A good substitution for flakes?
I do PWC of 10% every 5-7 days
Lights are a bit long 8am-8pm
Everything was 0, NO3 was 5ppm and PO4 was .04
Yes I use GAC but I think I need to change it.
Bio-Load is down to 10 fish. I will be taking about 4 of them back to the LFS as soon as I can.
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I alternate between flakes and frozen brine. I run my lights only about 8 hours a day.
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I agree doing frequent PWC`s and using plenty of GAC. If you find out it is an algea bloom that is clouding your water maybe you can buy or borrow a UV light that will kill algea spores that travel through the chamber. But try the PWC`s and GAC first.
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Would a black light work the same way?
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No. A uv light is different. Here is a link

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Thanks for the UV info.

Here are some pics. I need to skim the surfice! Notice the bubbles in the sand...This is one ugly tank! At least the fish are ok. My Puffer "Coco" loves to take pics!

















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Also some algea links

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I need to stock a clean up crew. Any idea what would be safe from my puffer? I bought 2 large "Turbo Snails" both about 2 inches around, but my puffer keeps trying to get em. I have around 20 hermit crabs, he dosent bother them at all. Thanks again for the help! I'll be taking back 4 fish this comming weekend.
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