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Old 08-22-2006, 05:35 PM   #11
 
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Oops sry lets wait for him to reply instead of clogging up his thread k :D
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:22 PM   #12
 
My light timing is in my second post of this thread.

Uploading a picture isn't possible at this time, but the tetras seem to be doing great. The mollies even had a bunch of fry, which I moved to another tank. All of the fish are doing great, I just wondered if the growth was standard algea or if it was some kind of fungus that shouldn't really be there. No, the tank is not near a window. It's in a basement-like setting, with only a small (1 foot tall) window on the other side of the room.

My semi-educated diagnosis would be just brown algea... I'll more than likely pick up a small pleco to help keep stuff clean.

My filter cartridge is clogged by the end of every day, probably because of this growth, but all I have to do is take the cartridge out and clean it. I'm not concerned of this affecting the bacteria colonies since there is also a sponge medium meant for the bacteria, the cartridge is just for waste and the like.
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:30 PM   #13
 
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Yes, you may just try having your lights on for about 10 hours. I'm glad all of your fish are doing good. I would figure its just brown algea...but your filter cartridge gets clogged at the end of everday? thats really weird. I hope when you clean them you are cleaning them in tank water? Tap water contains chlorine and chloramine and other stuff so you should always clean the cartridge in tank water. Like when doing a water change.

I would fully recomment doing a full clean sweep of the tank. That includes getting a new scrubber and wiping the algea off of the glass. Doing a gravel vac to help with the gravel being covered. Taking the decorations out and cleaning them. And while doing that maybe a water change. Because your filter shouldnt be getting clogged by the end of the day. When cleaning decorations only use hot water and a clean scrubber. We dont want no chemicals in the tank. Hope this helps

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Old 08-24-2006, 02:18 PM   #14
 
I use the sink for it, but the water we have isn't chlorinated or anything. I cleaned the stuff off the glass and did some gravel cleaning during my last water change, and the filter doesn't clog as much now. There are a total of thirteen fish (including the shrimp) in a ten gallon tank, so I'm not surprised that the little filter clogsup that quickly. It looks like it's just algea that's kicked up by the fish and the shrimp.

Again, the health of the fish is no concern since they are all doing great and have been for quite some time. My only casualty was an eel that I didn't even know I had... it was a present someone put in my tank while I was at work and it escaped before I got home. I found it behind the tank on the floor. I shortened the time that the light is on by a couple hours, so it should help trim algea growth.

Thanks for your answers, everyone.
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:29 PM   #15
 
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Great job ! I'm glad to hear that your filter doesnt clog as much now. Your lucky your water doesnt have chlorine it it lol. i hope your not adding anymore fish as it seems a little tidy right now. Ever thought of an upgrade :D
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Old 08-24-2006, 06:57 PM   #16
 
I can't afford an upgrade at the moment, but no I don't intend on adding any more. In fact I was going to stick with just the 4 tetras, but I had no say in the new additions.
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