02-15-2014, 02:22 PM
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Head is battered and I'm confused to pieces.
Ok so the little white stuff I been seeing coming from my spray bar is hydra, so my filter is infected. After my last clean of the filter and replacing the tubes the white stuff seemed to ease up but now it's back and getting worse.
I can't use a friends empty tank to put the fish in as it's to big with no stand and I got no space. So I'm really left with medication, there are not a lot of specific medications out there for hydra. Rumour has it copper sulphate and formaldehyde make a good deterrent (this is found in the white spot medication I used last time, not to long ago) or an anti fluke medication. My LFS has recommended I use and anti crustacean medication.
None of the medication is really good for shrimp and snails, so I have set up my little 12litre tank and moved the snails and shrimp over.
As I have got two filters running, one internal and the second is my canister. I am going to remove the canister and totally clean it. I'm going to get rid of all the filter media and start anew. I have plants that will take care of the ammonia and my second filter should produce the required good bacteria till the new media catches up.
As I have removed the shrimp and snails I will use a medication. I will try the recommendation of my LFS and use the anti crustacean medication.
I will take my bog wood out and scrub it (probably unnecessary, but needs must).
I will drain 60% of tank and clean the glass thoroughly to get rid of any I can see on the glass.
Then add the new water, the cleaned filter and the meds.
These meds take about ten days to work so after that I will do another 50% water change clean the glass again and add carbon to my filter or maybe even put the white spot medication in which is a six day course. Only time will tell.
All I want is a weekly water change and to watch my fish and relax.