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Old 08-15-2008, 11:36 PM   #11
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I don't know it all. There's a lot I don't know and I'm constantly learning. What I DO know is that he has an algea problem. There's no way he doesn't in a 29 gallon tank with 16 inches of pleco a parrot, and 2 African butterflies. He's obviously worried about overfeeding, but why? What is one SURE THING that excess food produces? That's right kids and newbies, NITRATES! But wait, what's that, algae loves nitrates and will rapidly grow if no plants are present and lights are on for an extended length of time??? WOW! I think I figured out what's going on by reading between the lines. Please give my gold star to the newblet so he doesn't feel bad. Maybe someday he'll grow big and strong with knowledge like teh Great.

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Old 08-15-2008, 11:40 PM   #12
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I don't want to cause an argument here . I do not have dirty glass - I just have a slightly orange haze to the water ,. And , I have tested it and everything is in the safe zones . After I shut down the UGF this morning as was suggested , I have already seen a difference .I only asked about feeding because I am not sure how much they eat -or need to eat . As for lights , I asked because I have had 5 different answers in a week ........
Oh , and "he" is a "she" - name's valeri !
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I don't know it all. There's a lot I don't know and I'm constantly learning. What I DO know is that he has an algea problem. There's no way he doesn't in a 29 gallon tank with 16 inches of pleco a parrot, and 2 African butterflies. He's obviously worried about overfeeding, but why? What is one SURE THING that excess food produces? That's right kids and newbies, NITRATES! But wait, what's that, algae loves nitrates and will rapidly grow if no plants are present and lights are on for an extended length of time??? WOW! I think I figured out what's going on by reading between the lines. Please give my gold star to the newblet so he doesn't feel bad. Maybe someday he'll grow big and strong with knowledge like teh Great.

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There's lots of things I'd like to call you but I'm too much of a lady to do so.
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:44 PM   #14
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There's lots of things I'd like to call you but I'm too much of a lady to do so.
How mature of you to resort to name calling. Maybe grow up before posting on a forum where mature conversations take place.

The orange water is indicative of algae in the water column. You are overfeeding. FWIW I'd ditch the UGF as they are nothing but nitrate traps. You can't tell how dirty they are before it's too late.
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How mature of you to resort to name calling. Maybe grow up before posting on a forum where mature conversations take place.

The orange water is indicative of algae in the water column. You are overfeeding. FWIW I'd ditch the UGF as they are nothing but nitrate traps. You can't tell how dirty they are before it's too late.
I don't see where anyone called you any names. /shrug
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I'm still a newbie. I don't know enough to 'read between the lines' or presume what someone's problem is.
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OK I'll ask how much do you feed your fish? In your case I would feed what they will eat in 3 minutes, After lights out add 2 or 3 algae wafers.

As for lights 1 20 watt fluorescent should be fine unless you will have live plants. I turn mine on while I'm home, as they will do fine without Unless the room is very dark.

If you disconnected your UG filter what are you using as a filter?

Here's a trick I learned just a few years ago. Take your fingers and make some bubbles in your tank. The bubbles should pop fairly quickly and not float away. If they stay too long it's pwc time.
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I would go with a 90 gallon with that many inches of fish.
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