Hello. Its been a long, long time....
It's been nearly 10 years since I've kept a tank. Once upon a time, I had 9 tanks in my house, 2 salt, 1 cichlid, and 7 planted.
I remember those days....2 CO2 tanks, lines everywhere. My electric bill....
Anyway, I gave up the hobby after moving across the country, then traveling for 6 years.
Now, two children and a husband later, I have a little boy with some mild special needs. I thought a fish tank would not only soothe him, but give us something we can do together as well as a teaching tool. Nothing like a planted tank (or reef for that matter) to demonstrate biology, chemistry, mathematics, etc.
So far he would be very excited....if he could actually see anything in the tank.
Here is where we are with it....perhaps it will just take time, but, its been 10 days and we are getting nowhere.
10 gallon tank
20lb eco-complete black
DIY yeast CO2 with a silicon line running to the:
Fluval Aqua Clear 30 filter (standard set up....sponge, bag of carbon, bag of media)
Mercury in tank thermometer (78 deg F steady)
Using Prime to dechlorinate
Wave-Point Blade 6" 12 watt 6" 12w 8,000k Daylight Blade HO LED 12x 8,000k Daylight
A cheap blue betta (for my boy. I tried to fishless cycle, but...ended up with this guy in the tank. He's doing fine)
Hygrophilia Corymbosa (Temple)
Rotala sp. red
Dwarf baby tears
Ok....so here is what has happened so far:
10 days ago: Set up tank. Rinsed everything except the substrate, set up with good ol' Denver tap water. Added plants.
9 days ago: Woke up to slight cloudiness....was excited, thinking "oh goody! we are starting to cycle"
8 days ago: Tank looks like half milk, half water. Still thinking "eh, no big deal"
7 days ago: took water sample to LFS for a test. Water so cloudy, they commented on it in a small sample container. Tests showed 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate
Out of frustration, I did a 2/3rds water change. Water was milk white again within the hour. The water change made no difference.
6 days: added betta and fish food, hoping to help the cycle along so the water will clear
5 days: added DIY CO2 reactor, hoping to help the plants
4 days: a 1/2 tsp yeast solution backed up into the tank. Awesome. Another 1/2 vol water change. Betta is totally fine, no gasping.
3 days: Still milky white
2 days: notices everything is covered in sliminess. Still white.
Today: ready to toss the whole damn thing.
Running lights up until 3 days ago at 10 hr./day. Now down to 6 hr.
I have not started dosing ferts yet. So mad.
I've cycled countless tanks and never seen this before. This is gross and irritating. I keep telling myself to give it time. But I hate this tank so far.
BTW: the tiny yeast contamination seems to have had no effect on the issue. It was milk-white before the yeast. Only thing I've noticed since the yeast is a little, tiny bit of scum on the surface. But I *think* that scum was there before the yeast. Now it is just a little more visible. Again, if the betta is a gauge, he is just dandy.
Any suggestions? I figure I'll be told "normal bacterial bloom in cycle. Wait it out"
I'll be testing water again today and will post results
Oh, and the dosing plan is to use CO2Art Easy EI Macro and Micro. I might switch up to better dosing if/when I get a CO2 system.