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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Horrible White Goo Growing on Everything

I have a 5 gallon 78 degree filtered heated betta tank with some anubias plants. For 5 months, it was fine, cycled, and was great. Suddenly, this awful slime began to appear. At first just little chunks on the gravel I mistook for mulm, but now it is just awful. It grows on EVERYTHING - plant leaves gravel, the glass, and it also killed my tank cycle by completely by engulfing the entire interior of my filter and cartridges (in complete darkness) in a 1/3 inch layer of gelatin-like goo, resulting in an ammonia spike from none to 8 ppm in 2 days. PLEASE, I need to get rid of this slime but I have no idea what it is! It's just a menace. It's not an algae because it grows in darkness, but I have nowhere better to post it.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 06:39 PM
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Pictures would certainly help us identify it. At this point I'm just guessing but did you add any new driftwood recently? Could be fungus.
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Hope someone can help you. I am having the same problem. I have a slimy, gooey stuff growing in my filters and intake tubes. It has to be some kind of algae but what kind?
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Does it look like this?

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yes it does, it also clouds the water if I leave it too long.

No new driftwood, normally once a week 50 percent water change, and he only gets one pellet/ a couple bloodworms a day with a fast day each week so no overfeeding. The tank also has a zebra nerite.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 12:36 AM
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Well I say start new use this as a excuse to start over or get a bigger tank
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 03:15 AM
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Sounds like heterotrophic bacteria.

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Potassium permanganate
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

Did you use any flocculents lately?

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No flocculents.

I've already completely taken apart and scrubbed and dried this tank after the cycle died. The stuff was back in days. I do not want another tank.
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No flocculents.

I've already completely taken apart and scrubbed and dried this tank after the cycle died. The stuff was back in days. I do not want another tank.
Potassium permanganate would solve it
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