40g tall fully cycled, planted about two weeks ago
Ammonia : 0
gH: obnoxiously high, took 12 drops to turn the liquid test the right color - forgot the number and the baby's sleeping downstairs, so I can't go look ATM
kH: really low - working on that with the Wonder Shell
(9) Dime to Quarter sized Angelfish
(1) Tiny Pleco
(2) Cory cats
(3) Nerite Snails
(3) Trapdoor Snails
Filtration & Other Tank Stuff:
(1) 350 Penguin Biowheel
- (2) carbon filter cartridges in each slot (so 4 cartridges total)
- (1) Sheet of micro mesh filtration media stuff to filter in between the carbon
(1) Seachem bag of peat floating in the bottom of the tank - not really filtration, but helps with the pH and hardness of the water a bunch, since we have liquid diamonds coming out of the faucets here in Pittsburgh.
(1) Big chunk of driftwood
(1) Wonder Shell for calcium for the snails and to raise the kH
(1) Big heater, pretty much not running at all right now since it's summer and hot as heck
(1) Tank Hood
(1) Fancy Plant Light
(1) LED color strip from IKEA, because it looks cool at night
(2) Micro swords
(2) Anubias nana, tied to driftwood
(1) Anubias coffee, tied to driftwood
(2) Sword crypt thingies
(1) Red lilly, which is melting due to low iron in the tank
(1) ...it's not an onion plant, but it looks similar. Forgot the name. Grows up to three feet long and has thin blades about half an inch wide. Currently melted, but the root system is still there and it's starting to grow back.
(1) Fake rock
(1) Ceramic Pot
Ratio of 2:1:1
2 parts black gravel
1 part Onyx sand
1 part Flourite black gravel
Food for the fish:
Sprinkling of Cichlid Gold pellets every other day
Sprinkling of TetraMin Max flake stuff, twice a day
(3) Algae Wafers for the cories and snails, once a day
(1) cube of bloodworms, once a week in place of Cichlid pellets
Sunday - no food
(note: after about 10min, there is no food left on the bottom of the tank)
Food for the plants:
5ml Flourish (regular) every week
5ml Flourish Excel every three days
5ml Flourish Potassium every other day
Are you guys bored yet from all the details? I need another cup of coffee after typing all that, jeez. Ok, so here's what's going on.
The problems started when I tossed in the Onyx sand. I didn't rinse it beforehand since the silly girl at the LFS didn't warn me it would be dirty as heck. The tank was cloudy as heck for a day before I went back and got the super duper white micro filter and stuffed it between the filter cartridges. That helped tremendously... for a while. The water never has cleared completely, and it's remained a little cloudy despite rinsing the microfilter pad a number of times.
After about a week of the tank planting and the fish going in, I noticed little tiny white specks floating in the water and growing on the sides of the tank. I scrubbed them off with one of those magnet brushes, but it seems to come right back.
Few days after that, one of the angels had a tuft of cotton near the top of its head. Netted him into a hospital tank with M. Blue and Maracyn liquid stuff (forgot the exact kind - treats both gram + and - bacteria), and gave him Jungle Anti-fungus food to eat, since I couldn't tell yet from the little tiny tuft whether it was columnaris (it isn't - he's still alive today and it's been almost a week) or fungus or bacteria or what. He was also rubbing his head against whatever he could smoosh himself against. As of today, he's still alive and the cotton hasn't grown or shrunk, though he's definitely sulking and not eating happily like a normal angel should.
The nerites are laying eggs like they're the last snails on earth - heck, there are even eggs on the backs of the Trapdoors (AWKWARD!, lmao). The white specks I'm referring to are probably a tenth of the size of the snail eggs.
Friday morning I noticed that several more of my angels have the cottony tufts about halfway down their ventrals. I don't know if it's the same thing as what the hospital angel has, but I'm wondering if they've rubbed their fins against snail eggs that have gone to fungus, because this morning I checked and though some of the angels' fins are suddenly shorter (basically lopped off below where the fuzz was), the tufts are either gone or significantly smaller.
I don't know what the white specks in the water and on the sides of the tank are. The snail eggs are very discernible from the stuff, but I don't know if the eggs are also contributing to the problem. Debris is obviously coating the plants and decorations, but I don't know if it's a bacterial bloom or fungus or what, or how to get rid of it. The driftwood was in near scalding water for two days before I put it in the tank. In addition to the floating/growing specks, there are kind of sticky looking bubbles forming in the corners of the top of the tank.
Without further ado, it's photo bomb time.
Woops, my bad! How did this slip in?
Thanks bunches, you guys. It's nice to not be lurking anymore, and heartycakes in advance for any help you might be able to give.
ETA: The photos are being grumpy, so I turned 'em into links. Hope that's not too much of a hassle...
Edited by Elaisan, 10 July 2011 - 11:03 AM.