The green water could be down to bacterial bloom due to interrupted filter bacteria caused by full water changes, or high phosphates in your tap water along with additional long periods of direct or indirect sun light.
When you get your test kit I would also invest in the API phosphate kit too, no one ever said fish keeping was cheap
dekahuna wrote: I'm now carrying out total water changes every week along with scrubbing the glass to remove algae. Darren
Hi Darren, total water changes will disrupt the filters bacterial colony so only aim to do 25-30% weekly.
The sooner you are able to get your own test kit the better, most, if not all on here use the API fresh water test master kit which will test for Ammonia, NitrIte, NitrAte and PH so well worth the investment and it will last you a couple of years.
Hi JD, one thing I twigged a while ago is that when you do a water change try to get the new water temp to match or a smidgen warmer, if the water going into the tank is cooler than the tank it can set the frisky males into a breeding frenzy?.i know?.go figure
amusingmax wrote: i will also do a full water test tommoz when i am back home and post the results on here. amusingmax
Why would you want to do a full water change?
Your water is murky because it is trying to cycle. Only ever do a 25-30% water change at any one time. As your tank is currently trying to cycle you are seeing a bacterial bloom which will clear as the cycle progresses.
Test your water every day, your test results when cycled should read, Ammonia 0 NitrIte 0 with Nitrates as low as possible, you will never get your nitrate to 0 as this is the final stage of the nitrogen cycle which needs to be diluted during a weekly partial water change. Anything other than the results above, require daily partial water changes to relieve the stress and toxins on the fish.
As Noodle said you have some decisions to make on which of the fish you can keep in your water and tank size as not all your fish are suitable.
PS. live plants are the best option for fish and can only improve your water quality as long as they are not dead and rotting, and your fish will eat them as you've seen and is good for their diet.