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    I want to say yes, but since I am not 100% sure what the white slime is, I can't say with much certainty. I would have expected you to develop a brown 'algae'. That would be diatoms from having the bio filter overloaded. But you are saying white, so let's get the chemistry back in line and move forward from there


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    I think this is what's going on... http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?...oms-explained/
    I did vacuum the gravel this last water change, and oh boy was there a ton of decaying plant matter and poo in there. I uprooted some of my plants in the process, so I don't know if I killed them but at least I got a lot of gunk out of the gravel.
    Basically it seems my husbandry was pretty bad, and it resulted in this explosive problem when I added the two snails (I'm guessing). And because I was using those useless test strips I was unaware I had a problem at all. The snails, as Cris said, were probably the tipping point.
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    Yup. I didn't want to confuse you with terms like bacterial bloom or bio bloom. But that's essentially what it is. A mini cycle of the biological filter.


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    Default Re: any aquarists here? I need some help...

    Quote Originally Posted by deranged chipmunk View Post
    Yup. I didn't want to confuse you with terms like bacterial bloom or bio bloom. But that's essentially what it is. A mini cycle of the biological filter.




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    Monster is ok, but when it comes to water chemistry involving live plants, you can't beat plantedtank.net or aquaticplantcentral.com.


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    Default Re: any aquarists here? I need some help...

    hiya,
    So, my water seems to be right on now... 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and nitrates at what appear to be a 10.
    My son is itching for something exciting in the tank, and I was kinda thinking maybe a beautiful male betta may be a good choice.
    What do y'all think?
    Only problem may be that my water is hard, and my PH tends to be on the higher side (today tested at 7.5, I can't figure why, unless water quality can change the pH.)?
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    Default Re: any aquarists here? I need some help...

    or... an African dwarf frog? my kiddo's other choice..
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    7.5 isn't too awful for a betta. If the tetras did well, so should a betta. Maybe a smallish (6) school of something like harlequin rasboras? With the plants in the tank, you can overstock a wee bit without hurting anything.

    Of course, the adf isn't a bad idea either.


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    Default Re: any aquarists here? I need some help...

    cool, thanks bill.
    IF the water is still testng stable, we may go get an adf this weekend! My kiddo has caught the frog bug .
    so, guess I have some homework to do!
    I'll try and post a current pic of the aquarium soon.
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    Either a male betta or an ADF would do well. Bettas are pretty hardy to just about any ph and are personable little fish. Just keep in mind that neither should be combined with other fish (with the exception of a bottom feeder like the Pleco). Bettas will have aggression issues with other fish and ADFs will have trouble getting enough food with the competition of faster swimming tank mates.

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    Default Re: any aquarists here? I need some help...

    Hey Cris, thanks! I was only thinking of getting one or the other, and of course just one of what we decide on...
    But, on my other thread in aquatic frogs, I was told the gravel is bad for adf's, so we may just go with a male betta. I am not taking all of my gravel out, don't have time, and too much work!
    I have been reading up on both adf's and bettas, and do bettas require aquarium salt for health? Would that affect the health of my plants?
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    Pardon the brief hijack but I have a question that is sort of aquarist related. I just purchased a 2nd hand 5 gallon tank from Goodwill and noticed the caulking is stained greenish... I soaked the thing in super hot tap water and 10% bleach. Afterwards I dried it with paper towels and this green stuff (malachite green maybe??) is STILL coming off on the paper towels, but is also still in the caulking. Is it safe to use this tank for a hospital enclosure for frogs or should I skip it?
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