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jdiaz 11-08-2011 07:13 PM

Fluffy like things in aquarium?
 
So i have been noticing that in the wall of my tank there is like a bio-film that makes it a little bit blurry to see in the aquarium and there is little like fluffy things on it kinda stringy but not straight and is white, it is also on my plants and some rocks that hold the plant down, there is a new filter cartridge and under the rocks, wich are in the back right of the tank, i have an air stone? I was wondering what is was, is it like the good bacteria that helps the tank?








There is two mollies a betta and two ghost shrimp, the tank has leftover food from when i feed them but the ghost shrimp seem to be taking care of that, betta and shrimp are new to the mollies wich have been in the tank since like 2 months in there.

Byron 11-09-2011 06:57 PM

Could you post a photo?

You can't see bacteria, but you can see the biofilm on which bacteria live; it may be green if it has algae on it, but the bacteria itself is invisible without a microscope.

jdiaz 11-09-2011 07:59 PM

Ohh, I didn't know that, thanks. well i just wipe it off now but only off the front of the tank so that it makes the view better.

And i love your planted tanks, wish i could do that. Tried it on my 5 gallon to see if it would work but don't have enough gravel so and it does not stay down. And i dont have the apropiate tank size for lots of plants and i like to do 100 percent water changes.

Byron 11-10-2011 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by jdiaz (Post 889295)
Ohh, I didn't know that, thanks. well i just wipe it off now but only off the front of the tank so that it makes the view better.

And i love your planted tanks, wish i could do that. Tried it on my 5 gallon to see if it would work but don't have enough gravel so and it does not stay down. And i dont have the apropiate tank size for lots of plants and i like to do 100 percent water changes.

Thank you. On your 100% water changes, is there a reason you change so much? No one advocates water changes more than I do, but the entire tank does seem excessive, unless you are raising fry or something. And this may cause instability issues. Also, how often are these done?

jdiaz 11-10-2011 11:39 AM

Well i do 100% water changes because my tank tend to get dirty real fast. when i clean it there is leftover food and poop. Not alot alot. and i like my tank to be clean, the bottom of the tank is why i clean it so muck because since it is a ten gallon if i try to siphon the tank it will drain all the water by the time i am half way finished cleaning the gravel and sometimes there is food and poop floating in the tank. The filter i have came with the setup and it cleans well but not the gravel. I want to get an UGF but I hear that they really do not work. I do want to get a bio filter but they are too expensive and i want to get a filter for a twenty gallon but there would be too much current.

Byron 11-10-2011 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by jdiaz (Post 889757)
Well i do 100% water changes because my tank tend to get dirty real fast. when i clean it there is leftover food and poop. Not alot alot. and i like my tank to be clean, the bottom of the tank is why i clean it so muck because since it is a ten gallon if i try to siphon the tank it will drain all the water by the time i am half way finished cleaning the gravel and sometimes there is food and poop floating in the tank. The filter i have came with the setup and it cleans well but not the gravel. I want to get an UGF but I hear that they really do not work. I do want to get a bio filter but they are too expensive and i want to get a filter for a twenty gallon but there would be too much current.

It sounds like you are feeding way too much. Or perhaps you expect the tank to be more "clean" than is natural.

This is a 10g tank, with 2 molly, 1 betta, and 2 ghost shrimp. You really should have a larger tank for the molly. But staying with what you now have, it can be managed. The volume of a water change should not normally exceed about half the tank, and once a week. You mentioned plants, if they are live that will help the water, and some of the waste should be left in the substrate where bacteria will break it down into essential nutrients for the plants.

When you do the water change, hold the siphone just above the gravel to pick up bits of stuff. Feed only once a day, and minimally. A couple flakes for each fish will provide all they need.

Byron.

jdiaz 11-10-2011 03:21 PM

Ok, ill try that, the betta is a bit smaller than the mollies, I feed them like a dime size of frozen brine shrimp and I will go to half. Same with the water changes. Thanks


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