Fungus or something else? Identify Please.
I have what appears to be some form of fungus growing in my tank. I have had this same thing in the past with other tanks i have had years ago and i have never found anything to get rid of it. nor do i even know what exactly it is. Seems how i have no fish in this tank yet i want to play with this problem to find a cure and identify this and find some prevenative for this also. I read that salt will cure most funguses but this has not worked for me at all. I added about 3/4 of a lb of non iodized salt about 2 weeks ago this fungus just keeps growing. The tank size is 55 gallons.
Here are some photos of the fungus. if you need a larger photo i can send it to you at your request.
Have you added anything to the tank?
as far as adding fish no. i only added decor to it. and i added a little fish food to attempt to cycle my tank. other than that there was never anything else added. The tank was setup on nov. 24 2007. I would give you some water condition readings but i do not have any test kits at the moment. I did order some online last night so after they come i will beable to post the results. the kits i have on the way are...
API ammonia, API PH, API high range PH, API Nitrite, API Nitrate and a API KH (Carbonate Hardness) test kit. I also ordered some API Ammo-Carb Aquarium Filtration Media to put in my media cartridge to see if this would kill off the fungus. as i am pretty sure the main cause is high levels of ammonia.
just another thought.. Could this be because my tank already cycled and i did not know it and the beneficial bacteria died off and is re-growing?
I had the same problem in my tank at work. I agree is it fungus. When you added sald did you add table salt or aquarium salt? Big differance in the two. However, I have salt in my tank at work and still had the fungus but really only after I fed the fish too much or one of them died over the weekend. Since the tank is empty I would try one of the cures for fungus and see if clears it up so you can figure it out. At least the tank is empty and your not causing stress to any fish. I have some extra left over but I think your a bit far for me to drop it to you! What filter media do you have in the tank now?
well i guess i would say that fish food should not be used for cycling a tank then if its going to do this. I picked up some Ammonia to use this time. we'll see how that works out.
filter media? the only thing i have right now for filter is. a filter with Activated Carbon. i do not have anything in the media container within the filter system. and i used table salt. i used the non-iodized salt(as stated above).
If you use any type of medicine in the tank, make sure you take the carbon out or the carbon will just take the medicine out as quick as you put it in there.
Stop using table salt as it is not necessary at the moment unless your fish caught diseases that require salt treatment. And another thing, the amount of iodine concentration in table salt is of no concern. People worry needlessly when the salt contains iodine. The lack of iodine would have resulted in goiter among fish.
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