09-14-2011, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Ami
The 20 gallon has been running since May 2011. The tank was fine until I treated my fish for Ich using" Ick Attack" in the last week of July. Things have gone crazy since then.
I used to have 4 otos, but three died. Will be replacing them soon. The light is 4 months old. Its a 15W T8 GE full spectrum tube that I use in my 55 as well. The water used to crystal clear before I used the medication. I'm attaching a pic of the water I took out during my last water change. (I use a 5 gallon pail).
My current lightin period is 10 hours. That works fine with my 55 gallon which has been running since mid July(after cycling for a month). However, I am wondering if cutting down the light to 8 hours will help.
I guess the only change in the aquascape has been the replacement of plastic plants with real ones (Aponogetons, java fern var Windelov and Anubias barteri var nana). I also added a sponge filter in the last week of July. I cleaned it for the first time today...perhaps this is the culprit?
Ami I have never used medicines so I have no clue as to how that would affect things in the tank.
The lights I would think would be okay (though not sure) As far as the hours of lighting well that depends on the tank so to speak. Every tank is different so what works in one tank may not in another. 10 hours maybe too much so backing down on the hours wouldn't hurt.
How long have the real plants been in the tank? That make a difference though again not sure on this?
Sorry I am not the best person for trying to figure out stuff as I am still learning myself. Hopefully some one else with more exprience will step in with some better advice.
One more thing. I would wipe of the leaves the best I could or any place you see the diatoms and this will help some.