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Hi, can anyone help me out with my yellow water.

My tank is a 6x2x2.

Filtration is an FX5 and a 4x2x2 sump running at 5000lph.

Sump media is bio balls,coarse sponge filter,matrix, carbon,noodles,clay balls and dacron.

Water parameters all good.

Water change is 25% weekly.

Fish are healthy(eating more and more,active).

Tank has been running clear for 8 months but recently developed a yellow discolouration and slightly cloudy.

Tank is not in direct sunlight.

Have 20+ BN to clean glass.

I am stumped:(

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

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All sorted:)

Think it was minor algae bloom:)

Must has gotten it from the Amazon swords that were recently put in.

Just turn the in-line UV steriliser on and re-adjusted my protein skimmer.

Yes, my protein skimmer:) Actually works a treat on the african tank.

Collecting a lot of gunk. Dark tea colour and slightly sludgey texture.

Might be all the organic waste from 150+ malawis.

But thanks for all the feed backs.

Cheers

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Yea I have a heck of a lot of fish in my 6x2x2 and I find its the massive amount of food

I do a 50% w/c weekly and that does the trick

adding fresh carbon weekly works well too, even better to use that 'chemi-pure' stuff

beware the algae disks! them and prawn pellets are super concentrated food man!

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All sorted:)

Think it was minor algae bloom:)

Must has gotten it from the Amazon swords that were recently put in.

Just turn the in-line UV steriliser on and re-adjusted my protein skimmer.

Yes, my protein skimmer:) Actually works a treat on the african tank.

Collecting a lot of gunk. Dark tea colour and slightly sludgey texture.

I am curious about the protein skimmer, I always got told they were useless for freshwater.....but you find it helps, can you tell me a bit about it as I am interested to learn more about them, I might even have room to squeeze one in ?? All info is good info...thanks

sorry looks like the quote bit didn't work, apologies ........................

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before they were just for marine tanks, you could buy them for freshwater tanks.

They were called 'urine skimmers'

lol

worst part is I just searched that on google.... and got no hits to do with aquariums.

>shudder<

ok I had a quick look at the krib archives

http://www.thekrib.com/Filters/skimmers-fresh.html

dam I feel old now

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Apparently Hikari changed their recipe in some of their foods, hence the new packaging.

Rumour has it, the new shit theyre putting in algae wafers makes your water cloudy. Maybe from uneaten shrimp pellets?

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before they were just for marine tanks, you could buy them for freshwater tanks.

They were called 'urine skimmers'

lol

worst part is I just searched that on google.... and got no hits to do with aquariums.

>shudder<

ok I had a quick look at the krib archives

Freshwater Skimmers

dam I feel old now

Thanks Dff, I appreciate the effort you go to at times to get answers, even if you have to go into the krib for it lol, that was intersting and something to try as an experiment ??? parts arn't exy to try.....

thanks

garry

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You can also add chemicals to aquariums that will make skimmers 'go nuts' even in freshwater.

Melafix springs to mind but even a lot of dechlorinators will over activate them.

Skimmers work pretty good in brackish and marine, but they dont have the same static charge in freshwater, so it has to be pretty dirty. If its not dirty ya can try adding a chem to make them go crazy. I dont know if I would run a skimmer on a freshwater tank all the time, but everynow and again, almost as a water polish could work well. Or even using after feed time to remove as much protein before it enters nitrate cycle.....

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