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Old 01-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Saltwater tank keeps turning GREEN!!


I dont know why but my tank keeps turning green and then the water gets really dark and cloudy to the point where i cant see anything in there? You guys know whats causing this? algae? Heater? Filter?
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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What are you using for your top off water and using to mix your salt with? What you are getting is an algae bloom caused by excessive nutrients.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:35 PM   #3
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I am using a 2.5 gallon tank to mix the water and using the vaccum pump to put it back in.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:00 PM   #4
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What kind of water are you using.. tap, RODI, Distilled?
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:10 PM   #5
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You said filter.What kind?
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #6
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Sounds like a huge nutrient overload.

If it were me I'd tear it down and start over. From what you describe, it would take a HUGE effort to clean up. Sometimes it is best to cut our losses and move foward. We all make mistakes.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:14 AM   #7
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Im guessing that im using tap water since i use the water in the bath tub to fill the water up. LOL!! and sometimes the sink. What water am i suppose to be using? Oh and i am using the one that came with my 29 gallon tank. I think its whisper i believe.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:57 AM   #8
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If it's a reef you don't need the filter,and yes that's probally why yyour tank is green,you need to use RO/DI or distilled water for the salt water and topoff.
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Yep.. using tap water is likely your culprit. My suggestion, a large waterchange using Distilled water from walmart. Make sure it is distilled and not spring water. If you plan on continuing in the hobby for a while, you might want to invest in your own RODI unit (about $160 from several vendors) or continue to use Distilled water, but definitely no tap water.

You will want to do water changes every couple of days till you clear the water up. And then continue with weekly 25% waterchanges.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:33 PM   #10
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So every saltwater tank is used by distilled water? And what do you mean i dont need the filter? And whats the RO/DI unit?
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #11
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[quote=mitsuevodriver;1642191]So every saltwater tank is used by distilled water?or RO/DI And what do you mean i dont need the filter?Your rock is your filter and having a filter can cause nitrates. And whats the RO/DI unit?it is a filter system that cleans your water so you don't add any bad stuff to your system.[/quote]
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:36 PM   #12
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Oh i see. So if i use the RO/Di system. Could i use tap water or do i still need distilled water?
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The RODI filters the tap water to make it pure
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:42 PM   #14
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So if i have the RODI kit. I could use the tap water? lol
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:25 PM   #15
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An RO/DI is a filter that you run the tap water through and it purifies it. Live rock should do most of you filtration in a salt water tank, do you have any, and if yes how much? If you don't you will want to get some. But make sure its cured, or cure it yourself before adding it to your tank. What size tank is it, btw?
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