Slimy smelly tank
Greetings everyone. I recently setup a new 45 gallon tank.
Fluval Aquasky 2.0 LED light (7 hours light time)
Marineland C-220 canister filter (using half the sponges from the another tank filter & no carbon)
Hydor in-Line External Heater 200 Watts
Top-Fin black aquarium sand
2 branches of sand blasted manzanita wood (boiled)
Assorted beach rocks (tested and boiled)
I got the requisite cloudy bacterial bloom right away, but after 2 weeks it hadn't gone away and I noticed a thick scum build up on surface. I pulled out a cheap surface skimmer I had in sitting in a box, but for some reason it no longer seemed to be circulating water. I ordered a set of stainless steel in/out flow pipes with a surface skimmer. They arrived yesterday and I got them installed right away. I tried cleaning as much of the stuff as I could, but it largely broke apart in clumps of slimy gray chunks that got caught in the wood and edges of the tank. It was smelly as hell too. I changed out 25 gallons of water (as much as my back would put up with at the time. LOL!).
It looked better this morning, slightly cloudy, but no where near where it was and the new skimmer inflow is working correctly.
1. My question, I guess, is should I do more water cleaning?
2. Clean the filter? There are only a few plant stems in there and they look okay.
3. New plants have been shipped. Should I even put them in the new tank?
4. Also no chemicals except Prime with the water. Since the substrate is inert should I start dosing ferts right away if I plant?
Am I overthinking everything? I can do that on occasion. The photo below was just after filling the tank the first time before the bacterial bloom and nastiness.