Can anyone help me? I'm pretty sure my DIY co2 mix
back flowed into my fully planted 10G shrimp tank
The reason I say pretty sure is because there were several factors that occurred within over a week before, to right before that I noticed my very clear (7 months established) shrimp tank suddenly became cloudy overnight earlier this week.
These are the most recent things I did BEFORE
the cloudy slime;
1. Bought a piece of driftwood from Petco that was in a livestock tank. I did boil this piece for at least 2 hours and let it dry for a couple days before introducing.(2 weeks ago)
2. Did a 50% water change and vacuumed gravel pretty heavily for the first time in awhile. (last weekend)
3. Changed out filter media on both filters but kept in the bio media. (last weekend)
4. Added Indian Almond leaves to ALL my tanks on Wednesday for the first time. (No other tanks are cloudy.)
On Thursday morning, the lights came on and my 10g PFR tank was cloudy and white. I was very surprised because this tank has never been cloudy. The filters were barely trickling as well. (AC 20 and Fluval Internal Filter with spray bar.)
I took the filters out and noticed the media was covered in thick clear slime and had a foul odor. I have noticed an increase in pond snails so I thought maybe pond snail eggs.
I checked my water parameters and found
I could not get an accurate read on GH because color change was not really changing. It kind of started light green after first drop and just got darker green after each drop.
I cleaned the media with distilled water and replaced the sponges with new and did another 50% water change. While I was replacing the filters I noticed that my co2 bottle was on it's side and only about 1/3 full. I had one of those wood diffuser blocks to disperse co2 in the tank. No check valve. :/ Co2 line and diffuser was removed and not replaced.
Tonight I came home from work and the filters were barely running again. I do keep pantyhose nylon over Fluval filter intake and Fluval pre filter sponge over AC intake to keep the babies out of the filter. I changed about 60% water again tonight and took the Fluval sponge off intake of AC as it was clogging the flow.
Shrimps are still swimming around and I have found some newborns swimming around as well, so I have been fishing them out of the siphoned water and putting them back in the tank.
What else should I do? Drain the entire tank and clean all the substrate (Eco-complete) and start again?? Has this destroyed all my good bacteria? Will I ever get the co2 mixture all out?
I do have a spare 20G long and a new filter in my garage that's never been used but that would be over kill as I only have about 25-30 PFR's in this tank. As well, I already have another 20g long rasboras tank, 8g Ebi RCS, 3g soon to be shrimp tank, and 1.5g Betta tank going in my apartment and it looks like a fish store when you walk in!
HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!