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qssl 07-05-2007 04:09 PM

Rust on plastic plants?
I have a biorb, and I purchased the volcano for it, which includes plastic plants. I noticed that on certain areas, the plants have rust on them.. Is this unsafe for my fish?

Also, my aquarium has been up for around 8 weeks, with only one betta in it the whole time. It has ALWAYS had high ammonia levels, even though I do partial water changes, and add ammonia lock to it. I also use a stress zyme and accu clear to keep my water clear.

My betta now has fin rot, I believe. He has tiny holes on his fin, and one of them ended up developing pretty badly, it's now a rather long oval shaped hole :(

Any advice is welcome, this tank is driving me nuts, I'm ready to throw it outside and just use it as something to kick around my yard.

fish_4_all 07-05-2007 04:37 PM

Stop adding ammo lock and aqua clear. With the fin rot you can add Melafix to help the betta heal but you have to get the ammonia under control and get the tank cycled. The ammonia lock is hindering the bacteria so they are not producing and riding you of ammonia and the aqua clear won't be needed once you get the tank running right.

Keep up with the water changes and stop adding the other chemicals. The ammonia lock could also throw of your ammonia test results.

JouteiMike 07-06-2007 10:08 PM

I second. Stop adding those chemicals.

For the "rust" it's probably just algae. A picture would help. Do you have a regular cleaning schedule for the tank? How how often do you change the water?

mHeinitz57 07-07-2007 05:38 AM

yeah, plastic plants won't rust. I agree it's probably algea which can just be scrubbed off easily.

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