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Hey everybody,
I was away from home for a month and had my girlfriend feed my P weekly for me while I was gone...But as you can image the water got pretty nasty over the course of a month without water and filter changes...I've been doing pretty frequent water changes for the last week (since I've been back) and my water won't clear up. It is greenish and cloudy in nature. I have one 4" Cariba in a 20Gal tank with 260gal/hour filtration...I keep it at about 83 degrees and neutral pH...What can I do to clear this up?

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sounds like algae to me... lower the temp a few degrees and get rid of the light for a while. can add live plants - that fixed algae for good for me. if you dont mind chemical treatments an algae killer will work in additionl...
 

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jelevy said:
How would light affect algae?

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do you know what photosynthesis is? algae will grow out of control in ANY tank if there is an excessive amount of light available... very nearby windows and tank lights on too long are the main causes in my experience
 

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jonscilz said:
do you know what photosynthesis is? algae will grow out of control in ANY tank if there is an excessive amount of light available... very nearby windows and tank lights on too long are the main causes in my experience
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Yes of course I know photosynthesis - Thanks for your help...I think you guys are right...It's in the kitchen of my apartment and I'll have to just make sure lights are off all night...I think it might have started when I came home drunk the other night and forgot to turn off the light...I should put it on a timer

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hey how's the termperment of your solo P, ive been thinking of getting rid of one of mine, i only have two now and they have been more agro since the other one was murdered. is he boring or more agro?

thanks. not to derail or anything but this one seems to have been worked out.
 

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jelevy said:
Yes of course I know photosynthesis - Thanks for your help...I think you guys are right...It's in the kitchen of my apartment and I'll have to just make sure lights are off all night...I think it might have started when I came home drunk the other night and forgot to turn off the light...I should put it on a timer

Thanks again guys!
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yea timer is definately a good idea... i used to get algea blooms when i forgot to turn the lights out in the same situations as you at night. when i had the timer set to about 8 hours or a little less a day the algae cleared up. hope this helped!
 

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Sounds like too many phosphates caused by high nitrates, too much lighting and lack of water changes. Keep the tank out f sun and any light, perform 20% water changes daily for a week, and cut down on feeding. You will be clear in no time. For your first water change you may want to make it around 33% unless you can match the PH and Temperature then maybe 50%.
 
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