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Old 02-18-2005, 01:03 AM   #1
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Green Water - a solution that worked, finally!

This is my first post here. I thought I would share something that worked for me.

I have run a 65G tank for a few years and thought I would try a small 10G for Goldfish, for my daughter. The 10G tank has cycled finally but developed a case of Green water (yeah, really really Green) which I learned through the forums was most likely algae living in the water.

We had added a Japnica Shrimp, and it disappeared in the murk. We literally hadn't seen it - it was lost in the murk.

The tank has a Fluval 104 canister filter which seems ample for the small tank.

I read about all the options for clearing the water. Here is what worked.

I added a Coralife 9W "Turbo Twister 3X" UV sterilizer to the tank yesterday afternoon. I then added Kent Pro-Clear. The theory is that the UV sterilizer would kill the algae which then would clump in the presence of Pro-Clear and finally be cleaned up by the filter. By late last night there was no visible change. This morning we added 10 more drops of Pro-Clear, covered the tank with a dark towel and waited an hour and a half.

Presto! Clear water. No trace of green at all. And voila, we could spot the missing shrimp.

I tried Green-X and one other Green-Water clarifier product (without the UV) with absolutely no effect. We had tried increasing water change frequency with no effect.

Anyway, I was so pleased I had to tell someone! Now I have to see how well the Shrimp and Gold fish get along - so I do have 1 question for you.

Should I move the shrimp to my 65G tank which is populated by gentle community fish (rummy nose tetras, some guppies, clown loaches, etc.)? The idea was that the shrimp would eat the algae...


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Old 02-25-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Glad to hear that your uv sterilizer / kent pro-clear with the very short blackout worked for ya. In reference to where to put your shrimp. It doesn't make a difference really. The shrimp might be more beneficial in the larger community tank as there might be more stuff for him to eat. If its a community tank and everything is compatible with the shrimp, that is probably what I would do..
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice about the shrimp...

The shrimp seem fine so far, but if they show any signs I'll move them to our other tank.

The brief UV effect was quite amazing.

Thanks for replying.

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