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Hey gang,
The last week or so I have noticed that my main thank isn't cloudy but seems almost hazy.
Like looking through very thin smoke.
The water parameters are all perfect, zero Ammonia and Nitrite, 15 Nitrate.
I've been getting a lot more of the spot green algae and scrubbed it off as best I could today and snipped off some more leafs.
I ordered a Phosphate test kit and will post results when it arrives.
How does one test the Co2 levels in a tank?
hope all are well
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Hi GG,
Ive got to get a phosphate test kit too.
I noticed a few small spots of algae starting to appear and all my water parameters are excellent.
Im an enthusiatic feeder : ) and im guessing its starting to lift the Phosphate levels.
Its funny you know...not a lot of people test for phosphates,me included, but as we know,higher levels can cause grief.
Please keep us updated GG,it would be interesting to know what your findings are...Cheers.
PS-Im not much help when it comes to Co2...ive never used it,sorry.
Take care.
Thanks for the info GG,appreciate it.
I think that going for a zero reading would be the best way to go...i believe it would nip the emerging algae problem in the bud and help to clear your water (along with water changes of course).
Putting the Phoscleaner in your filter should acheive a zero reading...quite quickly too.
Im about to do the same thing with a Fluval Phosphate removing filter pad i have but never used.
Take care
Definately needed the clean, its suprising what gets in there and how quickly it can happen.
Your filter was probably slowly turning into a Nitrate factory with all that yummy bio-gunk in there.
The Phoscleaner will be fine as long as you dont restrict the flow around it too much...if youve got a good output flow it should be fine.
These products are normally placed at the top of your filter cartridges,just before the water enters the impeller well.
When packing your filter,it normally goes (from bottom up) Biological,mechanical,chemical. Of course, some people alter this to suit their particular situation but that's the standard setup.
Throw a filter wool pad in between each layer and your water will be sparkling clean.
Have fun GG : )
Knowledge gets results...give yourself a pat on the back.
Happy days GG (y)
Persistance pays off, it'll come together GG ;)
The water change will definately help.
Im actually wondering if your tank has gone through a mini cycle and the beneficial bacteria are re-establishing?
If that's the case, from your current description, it sounds like the bacteria has almost hit "critical mass" so to should see a big difference when this happens (maybe 1-3 days).
If you have some,it would probably pay to dose the tank with some nitrifying bacteria (beneficial bacteria) - you know, like API Quick start etc. That will help to boost your colony of good bacteria.

Forget the moron stuff...i bet i can out do you in that area LOL.
With your filtration, Biological would be a sponge or filter wool etc.
Mechanical is things like ceramic noodles, bio balls etc.
Chemical is activated carbon,Purigen, Phosclean etc etc.
Let us know how you go GG, take care.
No worries GG, im always happy to help.
Actually youre right about the water change - See how your water is in 12 and 24hrs and if you notice an improvement,hold off on the water change for now.

I found this little snippet about Phosphate levels and thought you'd find it handy......

The ideal level should be 0.5 parts per million (ppm) of water. If the level is reading at 1.0 ppm, your tank is at risk of getting an algae outbreak.

Something i didnt realise, all living cells contain Phosphrous so a small amount is beneficial to the health of your fish and plants (as above, 0.5 ppm is the perfect level).

Hope this info was helpful GG, Cheers.
It may pay to stop at the moment, step back and leave things alone for a while and just let the tank settle before going any further ;)
Ahhh! the bacteria's finally hit "critical mass" so to speak.
Smooth sailing from here (y)
My little 1-3 day prediction came true...Woo Hoo LOL.
Always a pleasure.
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