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[APD] RE: Algae bloom, it's green water

Hi Tom,

Appreciate the feedback on the GW/Cloudy stuff. You ARE correct with the
less light situation...I HAD to take a risk at first with my new Glosso
tank. HEAVY light and heavy Co2 at the onset to get the Glosso going. It has
worked, but at a price of a (almost bloom). Over the weekend, I did 75%
water changes to somewhat clear the water each day. Today I received the UV
filter hooked it up and the water is clearing rapidly all within 4 hours
thus far. I caught this bloom VERY early on thanks to you and all the others
feedback here! I also have cut back my lighting to 2 x 92w (184w) to my 55g
tall 36 x 15 x 24h". I had 276w at the onset. The glosso is now 4" thick and
growing very well. JUST got the LaMotte Fe kit and beginning to dose

Since I've been out of the loop for a bit, what does "NH4" stand for?  In
your post you also listed N, K, and P.  I know of course Fe is the iron, is
the N=Nitrite, K=Hardness and P=Potassium?? I am lacking something of
course.  I just measured my Fe and am below .05 thus far.  My Co2 is good,
but I'm unsure what is the NH4 and how do I test for this?  Thanks Tom!!

Vic Di Cosola


Message: 2
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 10:13:44 -0800 (PST)
From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at yahoo_com>
Subject: [APD] Algae bloom, it's green water
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com

 You can check old post here on GW causes, cures.
You can also check most forums, they all get the same questions.

If folks had less light...........you'd see less GW issues.
I never once had it till I used PC lighting, NH4 dosing.
It does not take much NH4 to cause an outbreak, especially if the tank is N,
K, Fe or P etc limited already or low CO2.

Tom Barr


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