02-07-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by jentralala
All the filter media except the bio material was rinsed. I didn't use carbon in the filter because I had heard that it absorbs plant nutrients, so that basket just has some floss stuff in it.
Pulled the newest wood piece and am doing an 80% water change. I haven't observed any growth on the wood, but it's possible that something was introduced. I'm not ruling anything out.
One of the plants was placed in a day long quarantine in chlorinated water in a cabinet to help kill off the algae growth. The others...no. I rinse, scrub, and prune them before addition to the tank but again, I'm not ruling it out.
Yes, carbon is both not good to use with plants nor is it needed as the plants suck up some of the stuff that the carbon does.
Probably not the plants.... I might bet on the spray as well but the wood has been known to do this as well. How is your tank covered normally, glass lid, hood, open?
The only good thing at this point is that if it was the spray or the wood, water changes will clear it out.