yellow water

Discussion in 'Algae' started by stockleys, Dec 28, 2008.

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  1. stockleys

    stockleys Plankton

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    hi all
    my water always seams to have a yellow hue to it ever since i started having an alge problem.
    iv done 2 25% water changes and still the water is yellow
    any ideas why this is?
    i have carbon in the filter and i currently have 2 bags og fluval clearmax in there also to reduce my phosphate level as this is what has caused my alge problem.
    any ideas on the yellowness?
    thanks guys
     
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  3. charlesr1958

    charlesr1958 Flamingo Tongue

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    Could it be your lights also? As bulbs age they tend to take on a more yellowish appearance. If not, I would change your carbon out and greatly increase the amount used. Either a cannister filter or a phosphate media reactor work best for running carbon as those little filter pad amounts of carbon are all but useless.

    Chuck
     
  4. stockleys

    stockleys Plankton

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    the lamp is only about 3 months old as the old one exploded after just 4 hours use lmao luckily it was protected behind specialised glass for the fitting.
    i have 2 canisters running both have carbon in them. reason for 2 is that i had a spare and thought a faster turnover would be good for gettin the waste out quicker also if i have to set up a hospital tank, iv got a mature filter waiting to go.
     
  5. unclejed

    unclejed Whip-Lash Squid

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    Hi, o.k. what type of lights are they? Most T8 and T12 that are for aquariums will still give the yellow look. Tell us what you have (exact name).
     
  6. pgreef

    pgreef Fire Goby

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    Are you running a protein skimmer?
     
  7. stockleys

    stockleys Plankton

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    i have a red sea's skimmer and i am using an arcadia marine white light and a 10,000k 150watt mh
     
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  9. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    the yellow color is coming from the chlorophyll in the algae, algae feeds off of Si, PO4 and NO3,4 do you use carbon or GFO?
     
  10. stockleys

    stockleys Plankton

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    i have 2 large nets of carbon 1 in each filter
    will the yellow hue disapear as the age dies off?
     
  11. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    yup, do you have a fuge?
     
  12. REDMANS CUBE

    REDMANS CUBE Fire Shrimp

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    how old is the carbon? perhaps its full and needs to be changed!