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Is This An Algae Bloom Starting? / VIDEO ADDED

10 years 6 months ago #19143 by Mbamba
Okay gotcha then yeah i was confused how it was white looking. But okay.

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10 years 6 months ago #19142 by homer

You can call it whatever you want but its defenetly not a good thing for the tank but i want to know how you figure algae bloom when the algae would be white. All i see is the white cloudy water, so i guess i want to know how you came up with your theory of it being a algae bloom because ive never heard of "white algae"?


On the video it looks white but boy it is GREEN in person

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10 years 6 months ago #19135 by Mbamba
You can call it whatever you want but its defenetly not a good thing for the tank but i want to know how you figure algae bloom when the algae would be white. All i see is the white cloudy water, so i guess i want to know how you came up with your theory of it being a algae bloom because ive never heard of "white algae"?

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10 years 6 months ago #19132 by homer

Jim,  it's an algae bloom.  Like most have said on here.  I have experienced the exact same thing in my heavily lit tropheus tank.  Algae can float and live at the same time.  Jim,  have you ever seen swampwater?  Same deal.  Scoop out the water and there is algae floating around.  Same in a bay area that gets lots of light.  It's algae.  Has nothing to do with the fluvals or age of bulbs.  Too much light = Algae.  See ya at the swap Jim!


Yeah i am going the algae route also from what it does and how GREEN it gets. i am following what you and the others recommended and will pick up that sterilizer in a week or so.

Yes see you there!
Jim

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10 years 6 months ago #19128 by sawboy2
Jim,  it's an algae bloom.  Like most have said on here.  I have experienced the exact same thing in my heavily lit tropheus tank.  Algae can float and live at the same time.  Jim,  have you ever seen swampwater?  Same deal.  Scoop out the water and there is algae floating around.  Same in a bay area that gets lots of light.  It's algae.  Has nothing to do with the fluvals or age of bulbs.  Too much light = Algae.  See ya at the swap Jim!

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10 years 6 months ago #19127 by Mbamba
How do you know its a algar bloom? If you look at the video there is no algae at all in the tank? I believe i heard once that if algae doesnt get enough light when it dies it makes the tank cloudy because its floating around in the tank, dead algae is floating. Could that be the case? I would be interested to know how old the lights are?

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10 years 6 months ago #19124 by Da Bears
Are you sure the light is the problem? Your only running about 2 watts/gal. Have you checked out everything else?

How long has the tank been set up?
When was the last time you had your water tested?
What do you have in the Fluvals?
How old are the bulbs?

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10 years 6 months ago - 10 years 6 months ago #19108 by homer

Is that Glo t-5 system the dual bulb system? If so i dont think you can take one bulb out because then the system wont work. I am 90% sure if you do it wont light up?


You are correct  >:(
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10 years 6 months ago #19085 by Mbamba
Is that Glo t-5 system the dual bulb system? If so i dont think you can take one bulb out because then the system wont work. I am 90% sure if you do it wont light up?

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10 years 6 months ago #19084 by homer

That's an algae bloom allrighty!  My suggestions:

1. Turn off the lights for a week.
2. Continue to feed lightly as you already are with the lights off.  They will find the food with just ambient lighting.
3. Remove the stronger of the two bulbs.  Like others said,  way more light than needed for those fish / type of tank.
4.  When you resume lighting,  3, 4 ,5 hours a day is good. 

Failing that,  get a UV sterilizer and enjoy crystal clear water.  ;D

And I got your PM,  I will respond shortly


OK will do all that.........

light was on maybe 6 hours this week total the stuff just wont go away >:(
No lights for a week- done!
yes feeding very lightly like every three days and yeah i see they need no light to eat :o
Will remove one bulb today
lighting will be less than 5 hours a day after i get sterilizer getting a new 9 watt twist from a guy for 60.00 about half price in 2 weeks
Doing a 25% water change today
looking forward to crystal clear water

Thanks Bob and everyone else for your help!!  :)
Jim

No worries on the PM i know you are busy

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