Originally Posted by 100570876
Well i do admit I tend to leave my lights on for a longer period of time- 8-12 hours depending on my work schedule but I have tried to decrease that. And this is a recent issue that I have not dealt with prior and have followed the same schedule for almost a year now. I put the lights on because I thought it was beneficial to the fish- not just for veiewing pleasure as I have no plants in there I guess it does not matter as much.
Im not sure what type of algea it is. All I know is that I would do an 80% water change and the next day I could barely see through the water because it was green. It got to the point where I was runing two Tetra 40I filters in the tank to ensure that it wasnt dirty water. The algea has calmed down significantly since I replaced the bulb (15" Aqua Glo i think it was?) but I am still having to do frequent water changes for the next few weeks to clear it out- and I've already drained the tank and re-filled it once.
I was told that I wouldnt have these problems if I went to an LED
light, but I wonder what (if any) are the benefits to either LED
or Flourescent lights
I'd test your parameters, trim your light schedule for starters. Do some water changes, check for phosphates.
How often do you feed? Algae is usually because of excessive nutrients. Maybe try a UV
Is the tank near a window and getting direct sunlight?
, T5's whatever there gonna create light. LED
's are strong lights they just burn cooler.
I'd find the root of the problem before buying a new light fixture. They can get expensive.