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Re: [APD] Green water remedies -- temporary Fluval micron filtration?
I also had green water shortly after starting my planted tank about two
I bought a diatom filter, which solved the problem 100% -- and I only had to
use it 2 or 3 times over the course of about a month. By removing the
free-floating algae, the diatom filter gave other plants the opportunity to
After that, I found that I still had an excess nutrient problem. (Mine is a
very heavily stocked aquarium, even for a fish-only tank.) Algae eaters do
help some, but in addition, I've gotten rid of some fish, recently which has
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Staroscik" <matt at wrongcrowd_com>
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004 9:08 PM
Subject: [APD] Green water remedies -- temporary Fluval micron filtration?
> Recently my 90gal/220W tank has developed green water. It isn't pea soup
> yet, in fact from the front it looks white like a bacterial bloom... but
> from the side you can see it is definitely green. (once again I find I
> a microscope!)
> The tank is fairly new... 2 months or so. I have, to MY eye a lot of
> in it, but since I can still see substrate I know others would beg to
> differ. :) I have only about 18 small/medium fish in it. I had been using
> PMDD daily though I stopped when the water started to could up. FWIW the
> higher plants seem to be pretty healthy. The easy growers like anachris
> shooting up very fast.
> So I am looking into the nutrients and lighting levels, but I want to
> figure out a filtration assist too. The tank is ugly when cloudy and it is
> very visible in the house. (Covering the tank will also be ugly so I would
> prefer filtration to a blackout if possible, but everything is still on
> - I have a Fluval cannister filter, but they don't seem to make micron
> filtration media. Has anyone had success adapting other micron filter
> add-ins to Fluvals? Diatom bags, micron floss, anything like that?
> - Would I even need new media if I used a flocculating agent? I haven't
> used one before, I am just reluctant to add chemicals if there is a cheap
> purely mechanical solution too.
> I would consider a Vortex or similar micron filter, but I don't want to
> become reliant on them -- also, I have filter feeders (singapore shrimp)
> and I don't want to risk starving them by having the water polished ALL
> time. They are LOVING life right now, it's like living in a buffet line...
> Thanks for any ideas!
> - Matt
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