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Old 03-04-2005, 05:26 PM   #1
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i have been battling green algae for a while now. got some good advice here, but nothing seems to work. is anyone familiar with current orbit pc's. i have had this fixture for at least 8-9 month.......is it time for new bulbs....is there any way to tell?? tia
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Old 03-04-2005, 08:01 PM   #2
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more specifically, could waining bulbs be the cause of the hair algae?
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The shift in light spectrum will help to "feed" the algae but its not the cause. Change the bulbs at least every 8 months to keep them fresh. Find out what is causing the excess nutrients in the tank and that will help the most to reduce algae.
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Old 03-05-2005, 01:35 PM   #4
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if the algae is already present, and i removed the cause, would the lights allow the algae to thrive?
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It needs the nutrients to "eat". Without them they will not thrive. Reduce the nutrients and then remove as much algae as possible and this will shorten the reduction time.
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Old 03-17-2005, 04:42 PM   #6
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broke down and bought new bulbs.
noticed a big difference, should have done it sooner. Algae seems to be under control, but i think this may be due to increased skimming.

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