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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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im a new tank owner and still learning everything about a planted tank, but ive had my tank up and running for about a week and tonight i happen to take a good look at my driftwood and realizzed there is whoite fuz all over it.......any idea's should i be worried

its a low light tank with about 6 new plants in it and five fish if that helps
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That's pretty much standard with driftwood. The white fuzz you see is a fungus and it will go away on its own or as your critters in your tank eat it.

If your tank is just a week old, did you cycle it before adding fish?


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omg i acually didnt and i read about it too a wile ago, i went to a fish store (not petco, a real fish store that does nothing but fish) and know one said anything about that to me all they did was give me a EasyStart beneficial bacterial booster which i add on day 1,7,14

i tried to take my time and just not throw fish in without finding out everything, but did i just miss a key step and will i be able to rebound from it without loosing any fish
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What fish did you get? Did you get a test kit? Are there any plants in the tank? What size tank is it?

The beneficial bacteria is a good start, but you usually want to cycle a tank before adding fish, unless you do cycle with fish.

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If you added a bacterial starter, it's possible your fish will be fine.

What are your tank's dimensions? If it's a standard tank, what size is it (gallons)?

What kind of fish do you have in the tank?

What kind of filter are you using?

If you have a liquid test kit, what are your tank's parameters? pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate? If you don't have a liquid test kit, GET ONE ASAP. It's your best friend when making sure your fish are okay.


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i have a 55 gal tank 6 plants good peice of driftwood and 5 fish
albino bristlenose
angel
2 swordtails
and rainbow shark

and ill be adding more plants soon to help with the cycle

i have a magnum canister filter w no carbon in it
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Do you have a test kit? You need to check your parameters right away.

You also need to prepare for the likelihood that you'll have to find a home for your fish until your tank cycles.

Please search this forum for information about cycling the tank and the fishless cycle. Ammonia and Nitrite can be deadly.


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Do a big water change the new water will help your fish and your cycle.

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Keep adding your bacteria as per what is says on the bottle. What kinda plants do you have in there now and what do you plan on getting? Floating plants will be a great help right now for you, as they are heavy feeders. See if you can get a couple leaves of water sprite and just let them float in your tank.

You do need to get a test kit, (API master kit is what you need) and test your water. You need to test it about every day. Get a notepad and keep it next to your tank. Every test write down the ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. The ph isn't as important, just as long as it stays fairly stable.

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