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  1. Just curious about slime...

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was recently doing a 50% water change and noticed that my ornaments were slimey and slippery to the touch. Is this the good nitrite nomming bacteria or just algae, should i scrub it off? Cheers
  2. Algae in 10 gallon Gourami Aquarium

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I was wondering if anyone could tell me what kinda of algae this is. It is growing pretty rapidly, and I have yet to add an algae eater to my tank because I don't want to bring in another fish if this is a dangerous bacteria. The picture of the tank and its information are here: teriberry - 10...
  3. Barley Straw for control of Algae

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    A number of years ago I started seeing comments about using barley straw to create a sort of tea or extract that helps control algae. What is the state of this approach? Does it work, on what type algae and for how long? Thanks,
  4. I found a stow-away in my tank! What is it?

    I just picked up a shipment of plants. The store I use is snail free, but for all intents and purposes I bought this batch off the truck, before they could be treated or whatever it is stores do. Anyhow, I got everything situated and an hour later noticed this little bugger hanging out in my...
  5. Green water - How can I get rid of it??!!!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 70 gallon freshwater tank. It was great the first 5 months with just fish, no plants in it. Somehow I got an algae bloom in my tank and now my tank has been green ever since. The fish have all been fine, but its just hard to see them. Here's what I have done to it and my tank...
  6. Unique Algae Eater

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I currently have a 30 gallon freshwater tank, lightly planted. It has semi-aggresive (Tiger Barb, Angel Fish) and community (molly) fish. I was considering Red Cherry Shrimp, but they are not well with semi-aggresive fish. Any suggestion on something that will take care of my algae, but still...
  7. Mild algea problems

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello everybody. The algae in my 50 gallon fish tank is starting to grow a little more rapidly than normal. I suspect it's from poor water conditions. I'm awful, I know, but I have to be at school 9 hours per day and then I have dogs to walk when I come home, food to make, and homework to do...
  8. puffer food clams causing black algae

    Saltwater Puffer Fish
    I've had the weirdest puffer for a year now. He will NOT eat the shrimp or snails in the tank. He will NOT even eat the clams unless I break a small hole for him. He loves flake food and pellets. I try to keep him away from that and encourage the clams for his teeth grinding but my problem is...
  9. Need help

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    I have 4 tetras in 10 gallons tank, had them for a year. lately i start to experience two issues what i suspect are connected. issue-1 All tetras are keep moving there mouths. kinda resembling heavy breathing. It couldn't be oxygen -- it's only 4 of them in the tank. And air filter seem to be...
  10. algae colors?

    Coral and Reef Creatures
    Hey I have noticed I have a few colors of algae in my tank on my rocks, a lot is purple and I notice that I am beginning to see yellow color, I am not sure if its algae it looks like fur, its not super heavy but just one one of the live rocks, also I noticed a blue in color fur size of a pea? I...
  11. white fuzz on sponge in filter

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I was changing my filters when I noticed this white fuzz on the sponges. This is just algae or bacteria overgrowth right? so I just need to rinse the sponges in some tank water to clean them or do I need to add some chemicals.
  12. White Specks on Glass?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    My little 5-gallon holds two albino cories, a kuhli loach, and a betta, and several plants. In the past day I've noticed lots of tiny white flecks on a couple sides of the glass, where the tank tends to get a little more light. They are so small you wouldn't see them from a few feet away, like...
  13. Ammonia! Brutis is dead! Need advice

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello! I've been reading this forum for quite awhile, and it was invaluable as I set up my first 75g tank. So thanks to everyone who's contributed and I hope to do the same. In any case, I've got a problem with my tank. Here are the specifics: - 75g - cycled two months ago using fishless...
  14. Unknown Growth

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Hey there, i am new to this forum and was wondering if anyone can help me find out what is growing in my tank. It is red and stands kind of like a base of a mushroom without the head, it is spongy also. i didnt have any mushrooms or sponges in the tank...and these appeared to grow these last...
  15. Fish nipping at rocks/plants after eating

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Greetings, I started my freshwater tank with a live cycle exactly 1 week ago. I bought the tank setup from a friend of mine who'd upgraded. When I bought the tank it had been running for about 2 months. However, when I brought it home, we drained all but about 1 inch of water from the...
  16. New Double T5's, worth it?

    Freshwater Aquarium Equipment
    Ive got a 150L/40G tank. that is 30" across. and my current lighting system is some aqua one with double T8's in it. flourecent/white lighitng. and to be honest i dont think its working that well. because the top of my plants look really good. and slowly comming down to the bottom looks like...
  17. Feeding ottos

    Well, my two ottos I introduced to my tank last Saturday are still alive, look fine... black stripe is there. I've tried algae wafers, mushed up peas, and now zucchini.. I made a thin slice of the zucchini with a veggie peeler, and softened it in the microwave... they've figured it out that it's...