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post #286 of 384 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, thanks. I will get a lid then.

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I have this weird stuff at the bottom of the tank. What is it? What should I do? It is translucent and pretty hard to see. I think it is growing but not sure.

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I have this weird stuff at the bottom of the tank. What is it? What should I do? It is translucent and pretty hard to see. I think it is growing but not sure.

Bump: Is it slime algae?


Looks like biofilm. Harmless and snails will eat it. It’ll eventually go away.


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Ok thx.

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Well, the tetras are taking a turn for the worse. The worst literally have no lower caudal-fin lobe. They are struggling to swim. I will euthanize soon. I think I will let the better ones try to recover. So I am 98% sure that they will all die by October 31(hopefully not on Halloween. That would be an interesting coincidence.) Anyways, say they all die. I will add the Honey gouramis before Halloween. That is the goal. After Christmas, I will get the corys. I am thinking of getting the reticulated Jullis first. Then the pygmies.

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Ok I am DONE. This stupid oil stuff is everywhere floating around. The tank is hideous. Brown algae is taking over the back wall and the substrate. I have this horrible stuff pictured above in post #286. The oily stuff is covering up the suction cups, so I assume that is what it is from. I am also hating my filter more and more every day. Maintenance is a pain. It gets water everywhere. The base is cracking. I will never buy a Penn Plax filter again. I am gonna buy a Fluval fx4 as soon as I can afford it.

Bump: I am afraid the fish will eat the oily stuff and get sick once I add them.

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Ok I am DONE. This stupid oil stuff is everywhere floating around. The tank is hideous. Brown algae is taking over the back wall and the substrate. I have this horrible stuff pictured above in post #286. The oily stuff is covering up the suction cups, so I assume that is what it is from. I am also hating my filter more and more every day. Maintenance is a pain. It gets water everywhere. The base is cracking. I will never buy a Penn Plax filter again. I am gonna buy a Fluval fx4 as soon as I can afford it.

Bump: I am afraid the fish will eat the oily stuff and get sick once I add them.
If by "oily stuff", you mean the biofilm...creatures eat it and like it, especially invertebrates. It's simply part of new tank syndrome.


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Well I hope your right because it is hideous. I need some snails. My LFS has black nerites. No trumpet snails though.

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Do you have a way to create some flow at or above the surface level, to break up the bio film and feed it to the rest of the tank?

Style: Organic potting soil, gravel, sand, wood, plants, algae, biofilm, snails, shrimp, fish, dual siestas
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Well I hope your right because it is hideous. I need some snails. My LFS has black nerites. No trumpet snails though.


Fleabay. You can get some MTS delivered to you for about $10 if you really want em.


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Ok thank you.

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The only pygmy corys at my LFS are wild-caught. Should I buy wild-caught fish? I feel kinda bad about them being kidnapped and stuffed in a bag.


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Umm... Thanks? How so?

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