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Alexa 09-16-2010 02:48 PM

"dust" in the water, high surface tension, bubbles
My 10 gallon aquarium has been set up 3 months ago, and originally been cycled with 2 zebra danios.

It was going fine for a while, but after I added a 3rd ZD, I noticed these particles in the water and bubbles at the surface near the sides of the aquarium. This condition improved in a few weeks and I added ZD nr. 4.

Now these specs in the water wont go away and the surface tension/amount of bubbles seems to increase every day. I have also noticed 1/2 inch long smooth white wiggly worms all over the tank :sick: The Fish seem to eat them though.

I do a 30% water change twice a week, I vacuum the gravel once a week. Currently there are 4 Zeba Danios in my 10 gallon aquarium which has an airstone, heater and a powerfiler. I do -not- overfeed, if anything, I underfeed my fish.

I don't own a drip-kit so I'm afraid I can't provide parameters.

The fish are eating and have a vibrant color, they chase but are not hurting each other (I know it's a small number for ZD's ).

redchigh 09-16-2010 04:00 PM

Is Algae present?

You can take a water sample to a LFS and they will test it for you. (If they use strips then take the results with a grain of salt... Better than nothing though.)

Does your filter disturb the water surface?

Have you cleaned your filter out recently?
(Squeeze the pads out and rinse throughly with AQUAIUM water when you do your next water change.)

Do you have plants?

Don't worry about the worms, but how is your tank setup?
Did you use a plant substrate? Any new driftwood or rocks?

Alexa 09-16-2010 04:11 PM

There is no Algae in the Tank - no live plants - no driftwood. My power filter does disturb the surface, as well does the airpump. I use normal gravel I think.

I have changed my filter pad for the first time today in an attempt to try to clear up the tank - I have left it in longer to help the bacteria grow on the ceramic beads I added 5 weeks ago.
I'm going to try to acquire a test from the LFS tonight - I know they use strips but better then nothing I guess?

SinCrisis 09-16-2010 04:36 PM

i recommend that you pick up a API freshwater master test kit while your there. I also have a filmish sorta thing going on with my tank but thats because i know my filter output doesnt disturb the water enough. Is your filter pumping bubbles into your tank or is it just flowing into your tank and making lots of ripples?

Alexa 09-16-2010 04:43 PM

I acknowledge that I should pick up a test kit - it's something I have been aware of since a while, but call me a poor sucker, I have different things I need to spend the money on right now. :(

My filter is blowing a few bubbles into the tank, but mostly it's causing ripples.

SinCrisis 09-17-2010 11:16 AM

the lack of surface mixing could be the cause, let your water level drop some so there is more active mixing at the surface see if that helps, it could just be buildup.

I totally get the avoiding purchase of test kit mentality, took me a long time before I bought one, 30-35 seems
expensive of that little box. However, it will last you at least a year so its really less than a penny a day to know your water parameters anytime you desire so its really not that expensive.

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