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Coli, who said they were using plastic water bottles, and for what? I agree that the bottled water fad is a bad thing, not only because it uses petroleum to make the bottles, and leaves tons of very slowly degradable plastic in the environment, but because the water in the bottles is no better than most tap water, except that it can contain leached chemicals from the plastic. But, the comment appears to be aimed at no one.
 

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When I had my 46 gallon planted tank, I decided to change the substrate, needless to say I had green water shortly after. I am talking pea soup in under 10 days.

Black out didn't work and I didnt want to drop $100 on a UV sterilizer so I hooked up a buddies Vortex Diatom filter charged with DE. Cleared it up in under 24hrs and it never returned.
 

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I know this is an old post- but maybe this can help someone along the way.

Salicylic acid is an algaecide. It works by blocking the Phosphate from use by the algae. The reason it works when the willow begins rooting is because the roots are where the Salicylic acid resides. http://www.wef.org/PublicInformation/page.aspx?id=775

So, I have a tank that I inoculated with spirulina last night. By this morning the water was a lovely green color. I am going to experiment by putting two plain, 400mg aspirin (40 Gallon) in the tank along with a teaspoon of Bicarbonate (to rebalance the ph) to test the effect.

Most of the plants are rather plain stem-cuttings that I am not particularly worried about losing.

There are no fish or inverts in the tank and it is running a 300gph powerhead with an 8x4x4 pond sponge.

I'll post pics if someone has an interest in how it's going.
 

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I know this is an old post- but maybe this can help someone along the way.

Salicylic acid is an algaecide. It works by blocking the Phosphate from use by the algae. The reason it works when the willow begins rooting is because the roots are where the Salicylic acid resides. http://www.wef.org/PublicInformation/page.aspx?id=775

So, I have a tank that I inoculated with spirulina last night. By this morning the water was a lovely green color. I am going to experiment by putting two plain, 400mg aspirin (40 Gallon) in the tank along with a teaspoon of Bicarbonate (to rebalance the ph) to test the effect.

Most of the plants are rather plain stem-cuttings that I am not particularly worried about losing.

There are no fish or inverts in the tank and it is running a 300gph powerhead with an 8x4x4 pond sponge.

I'll post pics if someone has an interest in how it's going.
So, how did your experiment go?
 
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