Hey im kinda new at this stuff an im finding that there is little black hairs forming on my rocks and gravel(looks almost like mold?). I just wanted to know if i should worry about this.
Also i have had it setup for about a week. I have a redtailed shark a rubber pleco and a julii corycat. I have fake plants and a power filter.
Hi and welcome aboard, Brandon.:wave:
It seems like black brush algae. Not harmful at all except that it can be a nuisance once it grows rampantly.
It is best if you settle with live plants instead of fake ones. Live ones can consume nitrates which the algae will need.
Siamese Algae Eater(SAE) are known to eat them. What is the size of your tank?:)
Removal is done by bleaching the decors but you should wash the decors thoroughly to remove any bleach residues.
Thanks, my tank is a 10 gallon and i'll try cleaning the plants. But wont my shark attack the algae eater?
Brandon, it's best if you switch to live plants.:) Fake plants are IMO useless.:)
Blue is right, on both counts. The shark doesn't belong in a 10 gallon tank, and won't last there for long, and live plants will help your tank tremendously, though I won't say that fake ones are useless. I coach people on how to have both in a tank, it depends on the setup.
The rubber pleco will outgrow that tank as well, but not as quickly. Eventually that rubber pleco will need a minimum of 55 gallons to keep it healthy and well fed. They are known to eat a lot, and they need room to move around decent. They also get to about 5 inches in length, and are sensitive to water quality. This is not the kind of fish to put into a new tank. It will need to be fed regularly during cycling because there is no natural food supply yet present. Live plants will help to feed the pleco, especially elodia (anacharis), which is one of its favorites. So, for more than waste reasons, I would suggest adding live plants to your tank. That may be what helps the pleco to survive.
Can you post water test results for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH? If you remove the shark, add live plants, and go easy on other foods, there is no reason we can't help you get this tank cycled with just the pleco, which I would highly suggest. The tank will cycle easier and quicker this way, which means safer for the fish.
Oh, and check the phosphate levels in both your tank and your tap water, and post those too, please. The hair algae you described is usually from phosphate problems. If that's what it turns out to be and it's in your tap water too, there are easy ways to eliminate it. Also, make sure your light is not on for more than 10 - 12 hrs/day.
We'll do what we can to help.
When my shark gets bigger im gonna move him into hopefully a 50 gallon tank( im gonna buy from the classifieds) . How much money are test kits and how do i fix the phosphate level in my tank. Oh and i do feed them regularly and my tank is almost never lit up.
How many times a day do you feed? How long do you ensure the fish have consume all the food? 3 times a day should be sufficient. Feed your fish for 3 mintues and siphon the leftovers. Do not leave the food as this can cause fast deterioration of water quality.
As for lighting, 8-10 hours of lighting should be fine. Dimly-litted tanks always run the risk of diatoms and other types of algae which can be unsightly and may cause negative impact in your tank.
As for your shark, it's best to remove it as soon as possible or you'll run the risk into more troubles.
I feed my shark 2 a day and it sinks to the bottom and they all eat it then i feed my corycat and pleco 2 algae tablets when i turn out my lights.
feeding twice a day is to much once should be fine and pick a 1 day evey week for fasting
I have to agree with Joe on this one... no more than once/day for feeding. A fish needs time to digest what you feed it. My fish eat every other day, unless I'm feeding fry or seahorses. The amount you feed each day should be completely consumed within 1 - 2 minutes. Anything longer than that and it begins to breakdown and pollute water. The gravel vac would only pick up the waste you could still see...
Sorry Blue, but your feeding schedule sounds a bit excessive to me. That could lead anyone, but especially a beginner into big problems with your schedule what it was listed.
I will agree with Blue about moving the shark asap, though. It's not just a size issue you'll be dealing with for the shark. They are aggressive, territorial, and sensitive to water quality. If they feel invaded, they will attack other fish, even and especially corys, who occupy the same territory in the tank. I currently have 1 rainbow shark, about 4 inches long now, and he has a 40 gallon planted tank all to himself for those reasons. Anything else that goes into that tank soon disappears. While the red tail and rainbow sharks don't grow quite as fast as some of the others, they still grow at a rapid rate.
For safety of all concerned, I'd move it as soon as possible.
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