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Post by Gav on 14/4/2012, 12:50

i have it and want rid of it, what is the best way
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Post by DarloKev on 14/4/2012, 14:31

I had to strip my tank down and scrub everything in it, had to throw most my plants out and replace filter media. All depends how bad it is and what sort it is.

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Post by Gav on 14/4/2012, 15:15

its the green one
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Post by Guest on 14/4/2012, 18:39

bristlenose?

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 14/4/2012, 19:14

Green water or algae covering plants/wood etc?
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Post by Gav on 14/4/2012, 19:58

green water, i have a couple of plecs in there, howver once this is done i require some more femails bristle
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 14/4/2012, 20:44

Ple s won't stop green water. It is normally caused by an ammonia spike and sunlight shining directly on the tank. To stop it you need to stop all light getting to the tank as changing water won't solve this one I'm afraid. The best way to solve it is to do a large water change then wrap the tank in a duvet or sheet that stops light entering for about 48 hours. Then do another large water change. Alternatively a uv filter will kill of the waterborne nastys that cause this.
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Post by Guest on 14/4/2012, 21:36

sounds bad Sad best point my blinds in the opposite direction from now on :/

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Post by Gav on 14/4/2012, 22:09

its a pain in the but
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 14/4/2012, 22:12

I used to get it every year around this time in my old tank when it was in a different place in my living room. It was like a pea soup and you couldn't even see the back of the tank. Don't worry about the fish as mine seemed to thrive In it. How long do u leave your tank lights on for each day?
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Post by Gav on 14/4/2012, 23:08

About 12 hrs and now reduced it, also reduced feeding and put algae gone on the take, will see what its like tomorrow. Fish seem happy and ny rainbows are currently mating , wired
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 15/4/2012, 07:07

leave the lights off for a few days, it wont do your fish no harm and might help the problem. why dont you put a pic up so we can see how bad it is.
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Post by Gav on 17/4/2012, 19:28

No photo im afraid as phone is broken.

however, looking much better as algae gone put in the tank also blacked the tank out for a day and the light has been off for 3 days.
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 17/4/2012, 19:42

That should hopefully do it then. Don't despair if it comes back again though because when I had problems it was random in its "attacks". Glad it seems to be shifting for you.
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Post by Gav on 17/4/2012, 19:49

i have also had all the rocks out and put them in boiling water, cheers fella. once sorted i can have my clown loach Smile
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