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Unhappy New First Tank Problem, help!

So, I had a simple fish tank for years (the freaking goldfish didn't die for 15 some years), but has been empty a year, so decided to move it up to college with me.

Right now, I have cloudy water (white) with bubbles forming around the top edge, and black spots appearing on my plants.

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Day 1:
Hardcore tank (10 gal) cleaning with viniger and cloth, multiple rinsings when done. Added gravel, again, multiple mixing and rinsing. Rinsed Aqueaon Quietflow filter holder, and filter, and heater. Let run a few hours. Added a pH corrector (Tetra Correct pH 7.0), Tap water conditioner (AquaSafePlus). Added 2 plants: cryptocoryne and Pygmy Chain Sword. Added Nutrafin Plant Gro (fertilizer). The conditioner and fertilizer were maybe 1.5 doses according to my tank size. Noticed a duck-weed (mini-lilly pad like things) like plant had came along for the ride on the plants I added, and I picked out what I could from the top.

Day 2: Evening, came home from school, water looked somewhat cloudy, some bubbles on front side of tank.

Day 3: (NOW) Cloudier, and more bubbles. Black spots on Cryptocoryne.

Planning to add some small fish in about a week, if I can fix whatever is going on here...
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It sounds like your aquarium is currently experiencing a bacterial bloom, which would explain the cloudiness.

pH corrector is not required for your aquarium. If you are planning to grow plants, you may need to upgrade your lighting (depending on what you currently have, and what you plan to grow).

If you have low light conditions, the fertilizer that you are adding will likely not be required.

The black spots on your Cryptocoryne could be due to a number of factors. One possibility is algae, but it is hard to diagnose anything without a picture.

Do not add fish in a week, as your aquarium will not be properly cycled by then.

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What you need most are ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kits so you can get your tank cycling and monitor your levels to know when it's safe to add fish.

I recommend you read through this article I wrote up for TFH on how to start up a new tank: http://forums.tfhmagazine.com/viewto...?f=132&t=26634





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an addition, I have a florescent hood lamp, running for 12 hours (adjusted to 10 yesterday)
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an addition, I have a florescent hood lamp, running for 12 hours (adjusted to 10 yesterday)
What kind of Florescent hood? What color temp.?


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Colour temperature of the bulbs is not so important as what kind of bulbs they are (i.e. CFL, tubes) and their subsequent wattage.

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Colour temperature of the bulbs is not so important as what kind of bulbs they are (i.e. CFL, tubes) and their subsequent wattage.
I believe 15W, but can't find it stated anywhere, tube.


OTHER NOTES: I wasn't planning on adding fish any time soon since this started.
-cryptocoryne is maybe more withering (looks darker green patches, kind of like leaves were squeezed and damaged) than getting black spots. Pygmy Chain sword has black fuzz of leaves (maybe normal?)

I'll try to get a pic, short on time, so don't know about quality...
will get up tomorrow morning.
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Your Cryptocoryne is likely melting; this is common when you have just moved the plant and/or disturbed it in some way.

The black fuzz on your Pygmy Chain Sword may be BBA.

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Your Cryptocoryne is likely melting; this is common when you have just moved the plant and/or disturbed it in some way.

The black fuzz on your Pygmy Chain Sword may be BBA.
Sorry, total noob to this here, what is BBA? And what can I do to fix this/should I try to do to fix this?
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BBA stands for Black Beard Algae.

It can be caused by low nitrates, amongst other things.

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