6 tanks in disarray...overwhelmed!!!!
6 of my 7 tanks are in total disarray, each with different problems. I want to know what the best way to remedy these tanks are without spreading each thing to each tank through use of python/water changing equipment. Buying 6 or 7 pythons is not financially possible. Here is the brief overview:
Tank 1: 35 gal hex, heavily planted, every algae known to humankind and then some. Still trying to find a balance in this tank, I know I need to figure this one out on my own. But it has NO ONE-CELLED ALGAE which leads to my concern of tank 2. Fluorite, 96 watts, 10,000K, 6.2pH, 80 F.
Tank 2: My boyfriend's 72 gal lake malawi cichlid tank. Previously not planted but he got jealous of mine so he has a few plants in there. Ever since then he's had horrible one-celled algae. I don't want this in any of my other tanks. onyx sand, 75 F, 8.5 pH
Tank 3: 2 1/2 gal plant Q-tank horrible white hydra/mold looking things I explained in a previous post. No fish in here but don't want this spread to other tanks. All plants will be thrown out in here will probably clean it out and start over.
Tank 4: 5.5 gal planted two apisto cacs set up to "do their thing". Noticing some of this white hydra/mold stuff in here but still able to be controlled. Play sand, 15 watts, 6.8 pH, 78 F.
Tank 5: 20 gal long for apisto cac babies. Evil male housed in here with some plants. HORRIBLE outbreak last week of white hydra/mold things all over glass and items in tank. Left alone with lights out and they seemed to mostly die, scraped clean and water changed again tonight. 36 watts, pH 6.8, eco complete and moon sand, 78F.
Tank 6: 5.5 gal malawi cichlid and newly hatched fry. Fish don't permanently stay here, it's a medium between holding and grow-out. This too is my boyfriend's. He sucks at water changes and let moldy food just sit in there. I checked on them today he's out of town, did a major overhaul of tank. Female msobo (sp?) has fungus on her, and tank sealant is covered in fungus as well as the substrate. I figure her eggs she's holding are probably infected as well.
Tank 7: 15 gal tall nothing wrong, want it to stay that way!
I am buying net clean tomorrow. I do not want to spread the one-celled algae or the fungus or hydra. I am thinking since we use the same python that even though I may empty all the water out that some plant matter etc. just stays in there and gets gross. I have developed a plan of action as to the order in which these tanks are cleaned but the next time I use it if I do the nastiest tanks last, this stuff is still in the tubing. Will bleaching it and rinsing well work or what kind of products do you recommend? As far as the mold/hydra things I don't want to treat the planted tanks if I don't have to because research proved that it would eliminate the nitrates/nitrites and send everything out of balance but if it is bad enough I want to find a solution. I will not be using any chemical to get rid of the algae, what he does with his tank is his business I guess I can only give so much of my opinion. The fungus in his holding tank needs to be eliminated since the female is infected and the fry in there and the eggs she's holding probably will be/are too. What in your experience is the most safe/gentlist product to use on fish in this condition that can treat the tank as well? I'm sorry this is so long but it's bugging the crap out of me and I just want to take everything and throw it out the window!!!! I love this hobby so I know my anger will pass but this is so frustrating, I'm overwhelmed! Thanks in advance.