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post #10 of (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 10:39 AM
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When you're having issues, get some pictures to document what's happening.

Mucus/white fluff can be a whole assortment of things.
  • Why only 1 otto cat? Was it to combat the algae?
  • Why 2 mystery snails?
  • How long has this tank been set up?
  • Also make sure you shake the hell out of the test solution bottles for a good 30 seconds before you add testing solution to the glass tubes.
  • Does your ammonia test solution require 8 drops from 1 or 2 bottles?

I doubt the tetras are generating all that peckled mess on the substrate. I think the culprets are actually the MYSTERY snails. A single mystery snail depending on it's size can produce as much bio-waste as I believe 3 neon tetras.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that.

Photos of your current setup & close ups of the problem areas would be helpful.
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