06-01-2014, 08:43 AM
Join Date: Jun 2014
| | Re: Algae has struck... Big Time
If you have soil substrate then your nutrients should be fine once the tank has stabilized after its initial set-up. As others have noted, frequent water changes with the new tank are probably a necessity you can't get around, until everything has "found its own level," and, again, stabilized.
For the algae, and for the overall health of your water, a UV sterilizer is probably your best bet for a no-worry tank water management solution. BUT, be sure that whatever wattage you get, that your water flow through it does not exceed its maximum ratings, not just for algae control, but for pathogen control. Many 8, 10, and 16 watt units are of no value for pathogen control if flow-rate exceeds 200 gph or so.
For my 29g I ended up buying a 36-watt unit simply because most smaller units would not be effective at the outflow rate of my filter, roughly 300 gph, and I feed my UV from my filter outflow. Yes, it's a monster, 20" long or so, but I plumbed it in using fittings from Ace Hardware with junctions so that it can be removed, if necessary. Another very important factor: what do replacement bulbs cost? Aqua UV is very good, but replacement bulbs run about $50, not so good. My 36 watt bulbs are $14. Much more economical in the long run.
The downside of that decision is that running 24/7 it raised my water temperature up to 82 degrees F, so I put it on the timer outlets with my night lights, and it only runs 10 hours a day. The upside is that the bulb will last two years rather than one, and my pathogen levels are exceedingly low, plus, of course, my free-floating algae growth is eliminated. I have very small amounts of algae (established before buying the UV) on some "lumber" in the tank, and a bit on the glass which the snails and pleco manage very well. I am very happy with my decision to go UV, and personally, consider it a necessity in any tank, but that's just MVHO.
Last edited by Phoenix1307; 06-01-2014 at 09:00 AM..
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