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Green water outbreak
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  1. Green water outbreak

    Hello - My 20 gallon freshwater tank is having an outbreak of green water. Water changes are having no effect and I've read that using a diatom filter may be the most effective and fastest solution. Does anyone have any experience with green water outbreaks? How did you get rid of it? Also I've read that sometimes an LFS will rent out a diatom filter for the day. I don't want to purchase one if I can avoid it since hopefully I'll only need it for a short period of time. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Green water outbreak

    most of us have had it! its not lethal to anything so just relax.

    the first thing to know is your dealing with an algae/bacteria bloom. it will eat all the nutrients it can while multiplying as quickly as possible.

    that being said.. every water change you do is just going to supply more food and continue your "bloom" if you have fish living in this tank just continue with your monitoring of nitrate nitrite and ammonia... keep your tank healthy but dont do excessive water changes.. your bloom with run its course and then vanish

    you can filter your water with fancy filters for tiny particles and remove most of it and i also think there is also a chemical treatment for it somewhere..

    at the end of the day.. just wait it out.. and put a check beside the "algae bloom" of experiences while being an aquarium hobbyist

    on a side note.. if you run fertilizers Co2 and plenty of light... post it up and i can try and help steer your threw it as the light co2 and ferts can keep it going for months longer then in a regular tank..
    Found a big spoon to stir with...

  3. #3

    Re: Green water outbreak

    UV filter will also get rid of it.

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