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How bad have I messed up ????

Have been trying to get rid of green water for some time. Tried total black out, less lighting time, much less feeding. Nothing seems to help. Water tests 0ammonia, 0nitrites, but nitrates are almost off the chart. My source water has high nitrates. I can not afford the RO water stuff. Other aquariums are fine with the same water.

On another forum, a man used peroxide to spray into the tank to get rid of green water. So.............I sprayed peroxide into the water. Now, my plecos are acting strange. They are hiding and haven't eaten yesterday or today. Pristellas and guppies are fine. Assassin snails are at the top of the water. Even the rams horn snails have not eaten the algae wafers.

Can someone tell me what to do. Should I do a massive water change or partial or leave it. I thought Peroxide turned to water and oxygen when used???

Thanks for any and all help. Seems like I have had nothing but trouble with this 55g. I am beginning to get discouraged.

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You should probably do a water changes.
The hydrogen peroxide is all gone by now if this even just yesterday,
but if it did actually kill any algae then it is what may be causing water issues.
Sorry to hear you are still battling green water.
Did the peroxide help?
You can use it daily if it helped.
I use peroxide pretty often without issues.



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Tom. No, I still have green water. This evening, the biggest pleco is out some, but they still haven't touched the wafers. I will take them out later and put in new ones. May see if I still have some zuchinnie. Maybe they will show some interest. I will do a 50% water change tomorrow. I'm down in my hips tonight. If the green water doesn't clear up soon, I am going to empty the tank and start over.

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You should probably do a water changes.
The hydrogen peroxide is all gone by now if this even just yesterday,
but if it did actually kill any algae then it is what may be causing water issues.
Sorry to hear you are still battling green water.
Did the peroxide help?
You can use it daily if it helped.
I use peroxide pretty often without issues.
Nice to hear from you again.
But hydrogen peroxide is more to blue-green algae.

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Re: How bad have I messed up ????

Vreugy,

Have you ever tried a couple of large Daphnia (D.magna). They would eat the green creatures.

In this time of year there are daphnia in every pond with duckweed.

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No Arthur, I haven't tried the Daphnia. I wouldn't know what they looked like. Tank is still somewhat green, but fish are active and well. Even had baby Plecos. Am trying more plants to see if that well help. Kind of hard with plecos but will see what happens.

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Tom. guess the tank is ok. Still have some green water. Trying more plants to see if that will help. Did have baby plecos, so the green water isn't hurting the plecos. If plants don't help, I will just have to live with green water I guess.

I was in your neck of the woods last week. Had to be in Edison New Jersey. Nice country, but I still think I like Oklahoma more.

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I have translated here something

Water turbidity
in the
Aquarium
0
December 7, 2012
Algal blooms, bacterial bloom, green water, Infusorienblüte, mechanical water turbidity, turbid water, water turbidity
by Ulli Bauer
Cloudy water in the aquarium can an aquarist who has not yet addressed the matter, quite frightening.
By and large, can be divided such turbidity in three categories:
. 1
So-called
mechanical
Cloudiness
by
Suspended
In a newly established aquarium with not very clean washed gravel or sand can cause a clouding When adding water. Although in a current pool of ground was churned up because, for example a plant has been excavated, it can lead to such turbidity. Also, some water conditioner (such as Easy Life fluid filter medium) turbid after the addition for some time the basin.
If the filter of this haze does not after one or two days at the latest is on its own Lord, you can try it with a layer of filter floss or Filtervließ. Turbidity caused by suspended is always mechanically removed.
. 2
Algal bloom
An algae bloom can be seen at the greenish-turbid water. Unlike the dreaded algal blooms in lakes or in the sea, the algae are in the aquarium usually not poisonous. As long as they get enough light, they produce even oxygen.
If an algal bloom so normally there is no need to panic. If this is caused mainly by the sun, the water is usually clear by itself again sometime. Thus an algal bloom can occur, but enough nutrients must be dissolved in the water. So get a precaution feed less and thoroughly see if dead animals, uneaten food or anything else polluting the water. Additional water changes are only useful if no new nutrients come into the aquarium again by the changing water.
Some tap water contains a lot of nitrate that is already relatively and thus one would fertilize algae only addition. A complete black-out of the aquarium leaves die off the algae, but usually it's better to just "bloom" to let the floating algae. That they consume the nutrients in the water and then eventually disappear on its own. The algae die slowly, or become inactive and sink to the bottom, where they are eaten by the aquarium inhabitants.
In unfiltered aquariums with me water fleas (Daphnia magna or D. pulex for example) have proven a minifilter. The also eat very much like floating algae and green water can get relatively quickly clear.----

I myself have done it. Daphnia eat the water is clear.
The small (D. pulex) and the large (D. magna; size 1/4 inch).
The Daphnia are small but immediately eaten by the fish.
Therefore it is better to take large.
The water should not be too new here, otherwise the daphnia die too fast.

Daphnien ? Wikipedia

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Wow, you are a treasure trove of information. I appreciate you going to all the trouble of typing it out.

I agree with the reasons for the algae bloom. I have three adult bristlenose plecos and other fish in this tank.The produce a lot of waste. Also, my water has very high nitrate. We are in cattle country, so most of the wells out here have high nitrate. Some have filters, but mine failed a few years ago and I haven't been able to replace it.

I was guilty of overfeeding, but have cut way back. Hopefully, the green water will lessen over time.

I do appreciate you going to all this trouble. Thanks a million.

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It gives me pleasure to work here.
We all try and do research on many problems.
In my opinion it is good that we do, the results and experiences in a large pot, that each can draw from it as needed.

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