Hey guys. I have a problem and I am unsure exactly what is going on....
A few days before Christmas I ordered some Manzinita from Save on Crafts. The wood had been sandblasted and dried and was even advertised as aquarium safe. A few weeks after I put the wood in I started to notice a whiteish slime surrounding the wood. It eventually came off the wood about an inch and almost looked like a cloud surrounding the wood. Everything I have read said that this was normal, and was most likely a bacteria that would eventually go away after the BB in the aquarium won out. Eventually the thickness and fullness of the white slime went away and what was left was a green slime that smelled horrible. I have been doing my best to vacum this up every chance, but everytime I do it seems to come back. It has completely covered my plants, leaving a film on them. I had been scraping it off here and there until recently, when I decided to fully re-scape the tank. I took out everything except the substrate, and took about 50% of the water out. I rinsed every plant and all the moss I had under warm water, making sure to get every piece of this slime off. I vacuumed the substrate extremely thoroughly until there were no noticeable traces of the green slime. I also removed the manzinita and have not put it back in.
Fast forward to today (about 4 days later). I am starting to notice small traces of this slime again. Although the tank is the best it has been in a long time it doesn't seem like it is completely gone. The first place I usually notice it is on my java moss. The moss seems like a trap for the slime. I am starting to notice a very light film on the plants now, and some green on the glass near the substrate in areas of the tank. Thinking that maybe this has been algae have I have been using a little extra excel to see if this would help the problem. Google searching earlier today I discovered blue/green algae. Is this what this sounds like to you? It doesn't look blue at all, mainly green/dark green. I am pretty frustrated with this stuff and I am unsure what to do. Does anyone have any advice?
edit: Added pictures a few posts down.