4 years ago #1
kellyandron
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Why is my Tank Cloudy green? Right now you can barely see it..but there is like a faint cloud forming.
We had the same problem earlier, and struggled with it to no avail..and gave up. The Fish always seemed fine, but we couldnt see through the water and the fish would disappear. *poof* like magic you'd see them again. I thought it was over feeding, it wasnt. I thought it was poor quality tap water, It wasnt (we even spent the money on all culigan water) Didnt help...
Now we have a larger 55 gallon, new set up, and I can see the plume like faint haze of the crappy green possibly starting again.
Could it be the sand transfer? Im frustrated....Grrr.

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4 years ago #2
mjrkiller308
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is the tank by a window how long do u leave ur tank ligts on a day do you have live plants in there

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4 years ago #3
kellyandron
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it was,,I moved the new one away from the window.
Sometimes I leave the lights on all day (dont I have to for the plants)?
The new tank set up is tons clearer but it swear i can see it starting faintly again. (maybe im paranoid)
I feed blood worms twice a day to four toonie sized angelfish and one small cory cat and one weather loach.
I have sand as my base, I am currently running 2 filters in hopes of keeping it cleaner.
I messed up the first tank by doing to big of a water change, I never, never had a problem before that, now i cannot seem to keep the water crystal clear....grrr

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4 years ago #4
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the sand will creat a cloud now and a gain but green HUH the lighre prob whats doing it try and only keep them on about 8 hrs a day no more than tat the plants wi;; be fine remember these fish need a home as close to their natural home as you can give them and daylight 24 hrs long isnt natural lol. try and create a routine where you turn them on and shut them off at the same timesin the day/night and you dont need to feed themblood wroms twice a day just once a day is fine for fish that could be it too ur mking te water toxic by over feeding them and im going out on a limb here and saying you dont remove the excess good when they are done. that makes the water very nasty after a day or so so just keep up the water changes weekly/biweekly even and follow what i said bout the lights and you migven want to lose the sand i hate the stuff gl mgf keep me informed

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4 years ago #5
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It's probably an algae bloom, meaning the aquarium is getting too much light and/or too many nutrients. Blood worms are not the best all around food, and uneaten ones can make a mess. Try feeding a staple flake food like Tetra Min tropical flakes in the morning, and feed blood worms or frozen brine shrimp in the evening a few times a week. The fish should eat all of the offered food in a couple of minutes.

If the substrate is a fine sand, it could stay in suspension for quite a while. With two filters you could also be creating too much turbulence. Of course, that would not turn the water green.

One very effective algae control is a fast growing plant like hornwort. It digests lots of the excess nutrients and offers some shade. Weekly, partial water changes will will also help remove excess nutrients.

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4 years ago #6
kellyandron
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an algae bloom...that sounds like a good discription of what it is...because I can see where it stops and starts in the tank...a portion of it is crystal clear but not directly in the center...and seems to want to move outward.

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4 years ago #7
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hmm do you think I should take out the sand? I wonder if that is why It is happening in this new onebecause I transferred the sand from the old...even though I drained it...it is hard to clean sand..lolso once a day for blood worms..ahh..see I was told twice by the pet store guy,,who also told me to keep the sand.

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4 years ago #8
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my angels seem extremely happy...no problems so far..even when the water in the ols tank was soo cloudy and green they seemed fine...weird.

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4 years ago #9
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about the two filters running..wont that help clean everything out?? I get what you are saying about tossing up the sand...makes sense. But wont they both help keep it cleaner?? or is it over kill...because one is super noisey.

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4 years ago #10
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all u need for ur tank is say its a 55 gallon thena filte made to filter 55 gallons or even 65 but thats enough any more filteration will pushwater around and stir up the sand and make it cloudy but not green i can positivly say thats ut lights on too long but take one filter off ad see if it clears in a couple or few days k gl and keep us posted

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4 years ago #11
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4 years ago #12
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Some pet store people are very helpful and knowledgeable; others just want to sell you stuff and have no experience with aquariums. Many earn minimum wage.

If the sand in your aquarium is too fine, you may want to consider covering it with white gravel. The substrate should be at least two inches deep. The beneficial bacteria that live in the substrate and filter elements make the nitrogen cycle work, so you should not remove all of them.

Filtering water is not near as effective as doing partial water changes every week. It dilutes toxins produced by normal fish respiration and digestion. That all relates to the nitrogen cycle, which you can read about by using the SEARCH button at the top of the page.

Please feel free to ask more questions.

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4 years ago #13
kellyandronc
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Just wanted to let everybody know....MY WATER IS CLEAR!!!! Finally...so freakin clear you want to drink it...(But I wont) lol
Thanks to you guys(or gals) that gave the perfect advice!
I stopped over doing it! I shut off the extra filter did a 20%-25% water change twice and again today so three times in the last nine days..Cut out the twice a day blood worm..down to twice a day tiny pelet shrimp brin and blood worms every now and again for a treat. turn my temp slightly down..and just added two plants back into the tank..oh and the newest addition to the tank is our tiny little frog... (a water frog).
Sooo Thanks again. you really saved me a mountain of stress...

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4 years ago #14
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Thanks for the update, and congratulations.

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3 years ago #15
sue
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hi been looking at your advice for fish tanks and green water ,i am having a lot of problems with my tank,green water all the time and i just cant seem to get rid of it ,i would be very greatfull for any advice as i have tried so many things to get it right.

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3 years ago #16
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Where is your fish tank located with relation to direct sunlight?

How long do you have your aquarium light on a day in 'hours'.

When did you last change the tube or bulb that lights your aquarium? (if you've had your aquarium more than a year)

Do you have any real plants in your aquarium?

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For now do 20% partial water changes in your tank every day. don't do a huge water change, just these smaller ones, and often.

If the 'sunny' side of the aquarium is one ofthe aquarium sides, try covering it with silver baking foil.

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2 years ago #17
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hi this might be due to if you have your tank near a window or if you have lights if you do how long are they on for or it might simply be because the water needs more regular water changes.
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1 year ago #18
Shergill
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Cloudy water is caused by the filter pump. N green water from fish tank light n non cleaning.

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1 year ago #19
Joni
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Hello! This is an old post and the issue most likely is resolved. Please check the date at right upper corner before responding. Thanks

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1 year ago #20
Shergill
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Not a problem as new comers will still read along. I did
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1 year ago #21
Sinto
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I read somewhere that using UV steriliser pumps could help kill most of the algae and bacterial growth. But those pumps are pretty costly around 150$. So keeping your aquarium away from sunlight can prevent green bloom.

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1 year ago #22
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Preventing the green water and algae growth is the key. It is created by an overabundance of ammonium, nitrates and phosphorous. Keeping your water clean, your tank free of waste and debris on the substrate, being cautious of liquid fertilizers etc will assist your efforts in NOT having this issue. Yes, UV's are nice but $$. Once you have the problem the way to correct it is too do a 72 hour blackout of ALL light to the tank.

@Shergill. It is interesting reading. The problem is that it brings an old post back to the top when random comments are made. Thanks for your interest!

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1 year ago #23
Shergill
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Champion I do apologise.

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1 year ago #24
Joni
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No problem. I did the same thing when I was new on this site! You should become a member... is free they ask limited info and you gain more access to things guests cant see!

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1 year ago #25
Shergill
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Thank alot I'll do that as I've just purchased a 4" tank from eBay with everything included. N no doubt I'll need assistance later on.
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1 year ago #26
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Done it Thank alot xx

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1 year ago #27
Joni
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Welcome to MAC! ask questions!

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