Green water has not returned since I ran the filter that one time.
Nitrates have returned to 5ppm, and phosphates are holding steady at barely 0.5 ppm
. What I consider normal algae (green spot and green hair) have returned after a complete absence during the green water period. This whole experience has really impressed upon me how one little thing (NO3
ratio) can completely upend the microflora balance in an aquarium!
I started dosing my planted tanks with Flourish Comprehensive and Flourish Potassium. As soon as I can locate some KNO3 at work, I will also dose my nitrate levels up to 10 - 25 ppm
I changed out the substrate on two of my smaller tanks and I ran the diatom filter to quickly remove any debris that got stirred up. It worked great! This really is a nice piece of equipment to have around.