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Re: The endless algae battle

Here's what I was told to do with two refractory tanks filled with green at
the shop.

Move the fish
Clean the inside of the tank thoroughly
Fill tank and run filter
Cover tank for 3 days, so NO light gets in at all
Do a partial water change
Add fish back in

These two tanks aren't in line with each other, the tanks on either side of
them are fine, but even doing daily water changes I can't beat the algae, so
I'm going to use black trash bags to cover them, the customers are going to
wonder WHAT I'm up to now<G> but hopefully this will work, I'm ready to pull
my hair out over these two tanks!!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Thomas" <steve at nixhosting_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 1:54 PM
Subject: The endless algae battle

> This is going to be a long message so buckle up :)
> I have been battling an algae problem for so long and it is continually
> winning. When I built my tank shelfs I used 2 4 foot light tube fixtures.
> bought these lights that were called outdoors. I was told they simulate
> light more. I figured since they are like the sun then it would be more
> natural for the fish. They are 40w and I figured this would be perfect. So
> bought 4 of them 3 for each shelf. Now I dont know if these are the
> or what.
> Now the problem is that all the tanks under these lights turn to green
> water. Hey the green water comes in handy for my cultures :) . But I don't
> need it and it really irritates me. A few weeks ago I stripped down 4
> completely. I scrubbed every part thoroughly and even bleached a lot of
> 2 days later they were green water and I couldn't see the fish again.
> Another thing that may be the problem is my setup is in a dining room
> has windows on every big wall. My setup is centered right in the middle of
> the window where the green tanks are. But I have full black curtains and a
> shade. No sun light gets through except the light you can see through the
> black curtains. It isn't like light it's just you can see where sun light
> coming in and the curtain is drowning it out. So I'm pretty sure the
> is not the problem. Also since the bottom shelf is the floor no sun light
> would get down there from the window and the bottom shelf is the one with
> the most green water.
> I've tried a few algae killers and the algae just laughed at it. I was
> thinking of buying 4 foot UV sterilizer lights and replacing one light per
> shelf with these. But those lights are so darn expensive.
> So now that you have the story do you have any pointers or suggestions?
> Please help me. Thank you in advance.
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