After Coppersafe fungus?
Hey everyone. So I was treating my 10g for what I thought was Ich there are no fish in the tank right now they had all died. I stumbled upon another thread with some advice from byron and so i turned up the heat and waited for my order of coppersafe to get here. It arrived today in the mail so I measured up the recommended dose and added it to the tank with the temp being 86 degrees. Now I did have a slight small amount of white fuzz algae or fungus prior to adding the coppersafe. So I went out for a little while and came home a few minutes ago and found a bloom of a crazy amount of this white fuzz on all of my live plants and the one ornament I have in the tank. Here are some pictures of this "White Fuzz".
What is this stuff?!?!?!?
I was just doing a bit of digging and found this, Aquarium Fish Medications: CopperSafe
It says it can be harmful to plants. I'm guessing, since it is a copper-based solution, that it adds elements that some fungi and bacteria thrive off of. Maybe it's a lichen? Lichens live off rock and so forth. Sorry, I'm notmuch help. I know what happened, I just don't know what kind of thing is growing in your tank. :/
Thanks for your help. I have since did the recommended water change and tried to clean off as much of this stuff as I could I'm wondering if it's just some sort of mold from decaying food that was in the tank I keep adding food once a day even though there are no fish in the tank to keep the tank from going into a mini cycle. I'm going to swing by petsmart after work to try and get some malaysian trumpet snails to see if that helps the situation
For future reference, once all the fish are gone from a tank, there is no reason to treat for Ichthyophthirius. The parasite can't survive long without a host, so upping the temp and waiting would have cleared the tank equally well in 3+ days at 80F. Ich does not seem to have any kind of "spore" form that can persist in the environment without fish present.
I have used coppersafe in a planted tank and had no problems, but experiences vary and I had mainly swords.
Awesome thanks! I know it would have killed it off in a few days being there are no fish I just figured I'd take the extra precaution
So it is now starting to look alot like mold. But I got a pretty cool deal at the lfs I got 10 ghost shrimp for 2 bucks and a snail lol. The ghost shrimp are only there until they possibly take care of this problem if they can
Any copper left in the tank and your ghost shrimp will become "ghosts" for sure! :-)
Lol I figured I'd try them in attempt to clean this stuff up. But it hasn't changed yet. I've done about two water changes a day since I put the coppersafe in. So I think it's fine with the shrimp. But anyway I'm thinking about just starting the tank over again fresh :/
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