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Hi everyone,
I recently (about 2 months ago) set up a 10 gallon heavily planted tank. The tank is obviously 10 gallons, and has about 2.5-3.5" of quarts sand, a small 100 gph aquaeon powerfilter, a heater and some drift wood.
Fish fish include:
1 gold nugget pleco (2")
2 Blue rams (Small pair)
2 White cloud minnows.
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Quarts sand
Drift wood
96 watt 10,000K light
3/4 watt LED moon light
Liquid fertilizer


For the past 2 weeks, I have had an algea problem. Because of this, I have scaled down my use of fertilizer and light time, and done a 20% water change every two days, and rinsed off some of the particularly bad plants. The algea is no longer a problem. For the past week, There have been millions of little fibers floating around the water. They are EVERYWHERE, and I can't get rid of them. I'm looking for a little help with this.

The fibers look like small hairs about 3-4 mm long and I cannot fully specify how many other them there are. It's incredible. They are transparent, and you can only see them when you turn the lights on. They dont seem to have any effect on the fish or plants.

This morning, I got really annoyed with them and did a 40% water change. No difference or effect... at all.

Can anyone give me some advice of what these are or how I get rid of them? I am very proud of this tank, and these things are wrecking it for me, So I would LOVE any help I can get. If anyone knows how to get rid of green slime algae, that information would be appreciated too.

Thanks for your time, and sorry for the long post.
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Curious why they aren't being filtered out by the mechanical media in your filter. Not sure what they are, but a HOB UV solution would zap any nasties in the tank that you want to eradicate. You'd need a lot of wattage and the right flow (meaning not too fast) to kill anything of that scale.

Take a look at the 24w Gamma UV light. Just add a powerhead and you have an easy HOB when needed, put away when done solution.


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Sorry, I'm very new to the science and equipment behind plan tanks, but are you suggesting I get a UV light and put it on my tank like any other bulb? or like that light in my stingray's canister filter? How would I put it on a power head? Should I get rid of the filter? It's just a cheap, keep the water circulating sort of thing.
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Maybe they are planaria? Though there would have to be a lot of them to the point that you coudl see them free floating in the water...

Take a look at this helpful ID thread here:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...nize-them.html

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Good idea, but if they were anything there, they would be the little feeler things coming off the hydra. They are TINY.

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Here's info on a UV setup. There are other options. The Gamma brand comes with kit to make them HOB (Hang on back) so you can use them when needed to polish the tank, then put them away when done.

http://www.current-usa.com/gammauvpond.html

Not cheap, but they do just what they say they will - kill waterborn pathogens and parasites.

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Firstly, you have lots of light 96 watts over 10 gal...which is 9.6 wpg~try to lowgrade your light to 67K!!!secondly you haven't mentioned about co2...do you have yes or no? Water change is 20% in 2 weeks and you are using liquid fert.......Whats the brand and how much are you using?
As "NJAqaquabarren" suggested to get UV sterilizer but I ain't fond of using UV...since thats the easily way to get rid of the problem...which is not good in long term.......

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