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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-08-2015, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone diagnose?

My 10 gallon has 7 juvenile male mollies and one juvenile bnp.
I do 50% water changes every other day. It has water wisteria, java fern, java moss and creeping jenny.
Yesterday I replaced one of 2 filter pads because it was severely clogged (my filter).
That's Redundant.
Anyway, my filter is terrible; it is top fin 10.
I have a bunch of, as in dozens of tiny stubby worms on my glass. I pretty much always have them. I usually see 5 occasionally. I also have foam at the top.
I have been feeding my fish fresh blanched veggies from the farm. Is this why?
Or why?
AND will changing my filter help?
Or when I rehome mollies, will this go away?
Or do I need to jump ship and burn all my substrate?

I added bnp about 2 weeks ago btw. It is eating some leaves on water wisteria. Should I trim the damaged ones? I really don't want to rehome her/him.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-09-2015, 01:35 AM
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Your Bristlenose will love some Zucchini, Just put a slice on the end of a fork to hold it down. He also wants some driftwood. He will chew it to aid his digestion.

Unless the tank has been set up very recently there is no need to change water that often, once a week should be fine. Filter media can be rised many times before it needs replacing but be sure you rinse it in water you took from the tank. Tap water can kill the beneficial bacteria on the filter media.

The foam is protein scum and just happens. It may go away after awhile on it's own, (mostly), or if you get a filter with more surface movement it will keep it stirred up enough that it gets caught by the filter. either way it is not a big deal unless it covers the whole surface of the water and prevents air from getting to the water. You could run an airstone during the day to make it circulate and get trapped by the filter.

The fish will eat the worms.
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