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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Higher Temps = bacteria bloom?

I have a 15g, it's heavily planted, eco complete substrate, hagen aquaclear filter seems to be working just fine. I've got 10 neons in there, they seem to be fine.

Well, last weekend my air conditioner kicked the bucket. So I've been without AC in my home (in mid July) for a week now. I've unplugged my tank's heater, since it's not needed now. Yesterday, my house got up the 88 degrees, but it's been getting down to 81 at night. I don't know how warm my tank is, as the thermometer only reads up to 82.

I normally do a water change once a week, but I was a day late with it last weekend, and I noticed the water was getting cloudy. Did a 75% water change, and it's cloudy again. I haven't been putting any cycle in for the last couple of water changes, so maybe that's it.

I'v never had this problem before. I've had a bloom after doing too much sweeping up during a water change before, but this bloom happened before the change. It has me a little worried. I checked to see if one my neons had died in a hard to find spot, but I counted all 10 of them this morning.

Anyone ever had this happen to them before?
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That's very interesting because I am currently battling a bloom with no explaination right now. I hold off until it's absolutely necessary to put my AC units in and my tank has been getting higher temps than usual.
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If you add more circulation I bet it goes away, in a tank that size a bubble wand and pump might be enough. Plus a fan over the tank will help with evaporation and temp. Just like a green pond in the summer heat, no O2 in high temp water.


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I actually have a bubble wand on there now. I've never trusted my plants to provide enough oxygen, so I put it in there as a safety gap.
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