Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-29-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2
green algae on my tank

hi there..im new to saltwater aquarium..im just wondering if anyone can help me understand if green algae growing on my tank is ok?or how can i solve this problem?i would appreciate it if anyone can help.thanks..

__________________
yurithon0528 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 06:15 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oxford,England
Posts: 1,384
whats all your water readings,feeding schedule,ro/di water,water changes and light times.
__________________
Old Chinese proverb:
Don't go to bed with ichy bum
wake up with smelly finger!!
David S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2
The salinity level is within limit. Feeding is 3x a day in small amounts. i use tap water,lighting is on most of d time i use halogen lamp...
__________________
yurithon0528 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 09:49 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Welcome to the forum!!!

What are your water parameters? Ammonia, nitritre and nitrate? The algae is most likely being caused by tthe tap water and overfeeding. Unless oyu have a needy fish you can feed just once a day. And if you can buy your water from the fish store that would help even more. Since your mixing your own salt water you can also get ro/di water from your local supermarket from one of those machines for 30 cents a gallon.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 08:38 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 221
Can distilled water be used if RO is not available?
__________________
ShooterRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 11:38 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
Distilled water is fine. But a halogen light? That's your culprit. It is too yellow, that's why you have algae.
__________________
Fishless cycling
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 02:23 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: AL
Posts: 9
From what I have read distilled is actually better than RO/DI. Distilled water is the water vapor from boiling water. RO/DI is easier to do yourself plus you don't have to buy it. Don't get me wrong I have my own RO/DI so that's what I use. Sry didn't mean to hijack thread.
__________________
Bpeckj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 08:55 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey
Welcome to the forum!!!
you can also get ro/di water from your local supermarket from one of those machines for 30 cents a gallon.
Not to nit pick, but those machines are only RO, they do not have DI.
__________________
Fishless cycling
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 09:35 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
The machines I got my water from were in fact ro/di. Had little pictures of every filter and an explanation on the front. They were also were inspected weekly with a log on the front as here in florida its considered a "food product".

Not sure about the walmart machines though, but I know my publix and winn dixie were the same.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 10:13 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey
The machines I got my water from were in fact ro/di. Had little pictures of every filter and an explanation on the front. They were also were inspected weekly with a log on the front as here in florida its considered a "food product".

Not sure about the walmart machines though, but I know my publix and winn dixie were the same.
Be careful of the walmart machines. That water wiped out a friends tank. The key is to check the last date of inspection as Carey points out. I just buy distilled water from my local supermarket for .79/gallon. Hopefully I'll get an ro/di setup soon.
__________________
Chiefstrum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 10:16 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chiefstrum View Post
Be careful of the walmart machines. That water wiped out a friends tank. The key is to check the last date of inspection as Carey points out. I just buy distilled water from my local supermarket for .79/gallon. Hopefully I'll get an ro/di setup soon.

For 79 cents a gallon you shoudl totally get your own machine. LOL. I paid like $70 for mine and it does 75gpd and the water is coming out with 0 TDS. Worth every penny and NO lugging jugs or buckets or anything. I even store the machine when not in use so it takes up like no room.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 01:36 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
deepseadan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: So cal
Posts: 166
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey

For 79 cents a gallon you shoudl totally get your own machine. LOL. I paid like $70 for mine and it does 75gpd and the water is coming out with 0 TDS. Worth every penny and NO lugging jugs or buckets or anything. I even store the machine when not in use so it takes up like no room.
What brand do you have?
__________________
deepseadan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 01:48 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
They don't seem to have the exact one I do anymore, I have the 75 gpd version. Here is the exact same one but 100gpd

0PPM Portable 100GPD Reverse Osmosis RO+DI Filtration | eBay

I'll have you know I paid the same for just a 75gpd unit. lol
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 04:48 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
deepseadan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: So cal
Posts: 166
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey
They don't seem to have the exact one I do anymore, I have the 75 gpd version. Here is the exact same one but 100gpd

0PPM Portable 100GPD Reverse Osmosis RO+DI Filtration | eBay

I'll have you know I paid the same for just a 75gpd unit. lol
Thanks, I've never seen a portable ro-di unit. How does it hook up to a water supply, and have you tested the filtered water for phosphates and nitrates? Looks cool, my wife would love the idea of me not using our kitchen sink ro unit anymore. Guess it's time to spend more money.
__________________
deepseadan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 04:52 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
I have the garden hose attachment so I do it on my back patio. It just screws right on and off, easy to store too. You can also get it with a faucet adaptor and just take off the screen type thingee from it and attach it there. You just have to tell them which adaptor you want when you order.

I use mine outside so the waste water can flow to my lawn and flowers, I get a 3 to 1 ratio pretty much as far as "good" and "waste" water which seems to be the norm.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 04:54 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Oh, yeah almost forgot. I tested it for phosphates and nitrates which came in at 0. TDS is also at 0 while my tap water is at 230. eek! lol

TDS= total dissolved solids. When I got my ro/di unit I got a cheapo tds meter so I can tell when it;s time to change the cartridges.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 04:57 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
deepseadan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: So cal
Posts: 166
Thanks Carey, can't wait to get one.
__________________
deepseadan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 05:18 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
rdnelson99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Atlanta GA
Posts: 1,861
Quote:
Originally Posted by carey View Post
For 79 cents a gallon you shoudl totally get your own machine. LOL. I paid like $70 for mine and it does 75gpd and the water is coming out with 0 TDS. Worth every penny and NO lugging jugs or buckets or anything. I even store the machine when not in use so it takes up like no room.
I followed here advice but for $10 bucks extra got the 150 gal a day version. It is set up on my deck with float valve to shut it off and is connected to a large solid tote with a snap on cover. Carey did me right on this one for sure. I am even starting to use it to top off my two ponds in the back yard to help keep the algae under control for my koi.
__________________
Since my tank is a birthday present to my wife, everything I spend going forward is just an extension of my love for her right?
rdnelson99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 11:46 AM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
You can use the waste water to water your grass or garden. I use the waste water for my FW fish.

Carey, with respect. Look at those diagrams again. There is a sediment filter, charcol filter, UV sterilizer, Reverse osmosis membrane, then another charcol filter (for taste, lol). No DI resin. Which is good, as drinking DI water has been mentioned to be bad. Before I hooked up my RO/DI at home, I would run my 5 gallon bottle through a zero water pitcher. I still purchase drinking water from the kiosks, and the TDS is usualy 12-25 except one, which I believe did not filter the water at all. I was given a tour of a stand alone kiosk. The filters are 3 feet tall. For maintaining, all tha really needs to be done is back flush the RO membrane. I worked at a dialysis clinic, their filters were 6' tall and cost $10K. It was only RO though, otherwise I would have started a business with the water they dumped out every morning.
__________________
Fishless cycling
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Maybe I linked the wrong one....I did that for one or two posts....

This one has the di membrane just as mine does.

eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

The di comes in separate container and has to be installed in the unit.

or maybe I'm misunderstanding? Are yous saying the di not necessary?

Lol now I;m confused. not too hard to do btw hehe
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
algae, green algae, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A primer on un-filtered aquariums BlackMagic Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 1 08-07-2011 08:25 PM
New 29 Gallon Tank Setup Lioness2 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 08-07-2011 06:38 PM
is this blue green algae? hippy guy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 3 08-02-2011 12:44 PM
used tank rehab Zarlinia General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 6 07-14-2011 11:28 AM
Setting up a bichir tank Ryodraco Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 0 06-27-2011 03:11 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.