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green water

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by distrbd, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. distrbd

    distrbd Junior Poster

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    Hi all.
    This is my first post here.This morning while I was doing the weekly water change (EI fertilization)in my 100 gal FW tank I noticed that the water from the tank which I had in a white bucket had a slight tint of green , this is the first time ever that I have had to deal with green water .I know there are 3-4 way of getting rid of it but since I have a Magnum 350 filter I decided to use the micron filter which I wrapped with some floss pads and put it in my filter .The question I have is:do you think this will do the trick or should I use diatom powder instead of the floss? don't forget that the water had a very light green color.I don't want to spend $250 to buy a UV sterilizer if I don't have to,but I guess that would be the next (easiest )step to take. so will this micron filter work since the water is light green?
    Thank you all for your help.
    KEN.
     
  2. AlgaeMaster

    AlgaeMaster Junior Poster

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    Using the diatom powder will make your tank look like there is no water in it...thats how clear it gets..Maybe you should try to address what is causing the green water...
     
  3. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    Isn't it true that the condition or conditions that start a green water bloom can go away or be corrected, but the GW will still remain until you kill it by either a UV or a blackout? So, unlike many algae, finding what caused it may just be an after the fact guess. All it really takes is a big disturbance of the substrate or a hidden dead fish of some size, etc.
     
  4. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Check ebay for ___much cheaper___ UV's.
    Smaller ones will still work, 9-18 w range.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  5. distrbd

    distrbd Junior Poster

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    Thank you all for your help ,it looks like the micron filter has done the job !I'll know for sure this Sunday when I do a WC.If it's still there I'll do what Tom recommended :a small UV sterilizer.
     
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