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PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 5/7/2014 7:57
Re: Bacterial infection?? #1
Thank you for the help. Spot on as always. The larger of the two cysts has fallen off and I'm keeping a close eye for signs of secondary infection.


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 2/7/2014 19:48
Re: Bacterial infection?? #2
Well I had half wondered about that. It does kind of looks like a little white worm in a see through blister. There is some redness around the area. Even googling for worm pictures doesn't bring up anything that really looks like the things on my fish. I will try again to get a picture but I spent some time on it last night and that was the best of a bad lot.


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 1/7/2014 22:07
Bacterial infection?? #3
Hi,

Over the last 24 hours or so I've noticed 2 of my 9 cardinals have lumps on their sides. One on the flank and one just in front of the pec fin. They are perhaps not shoaling quite as well as they did but generally behaving normally. The tank has generally been healthy and harmonious. I'm still plagued by blue-green algae but it is manageable. Except for the pH creeping up over time the water quality has been stable. Readings from today have ammo 0, nitrite 0 and nitrate 5.

I can't find any pictures on line that really look like these lumps. They have a clear white edge and I wonder if they are bacterial ulcers?

I'm not sure the picture makes things any clearer!
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Any thoughts on the lumps?


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 11/12/2013 8:39
Re: Strange creatures in my cycling tank #4
Bit hard to tell without photo or size etc.

I think this is good (Sorry for the external link):

http://www.planetinverts.com/what_is_that_bug_in_my_aquarium.html


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 6/12/2013 13:30
Re: substrate discolouration #5
Diatom algae can look yellow if it isn't too bad. Rather than the usual brown.

Anything like this?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=diat ... kQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=641

If it is that then it should just go away in a week or two.

I'm not sure if it tells you anything about the progress of your cycle. It certainly will not stop your cycle from happening.


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 29/11/2013 8:06
Re: What am I missing? #6
I'm staggered. It's (nearly) all gone.

I had planned the big clean and blackout for sat am. But I'd put the airstones in already and, mostly as I'd run out of plugs, turned the lights off.

And it's just melted away in about 36h. It's incredible.

Thanks all for the advice everyone! Not out of woods yet but it has shown its self to be beatable!


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 27/11/2013 10:10
Re: What am I missing? #7
OK, it seems the consensus is a blackout. I'll get on with the plan in the link in SO19's post. I'll keep the ferts going.

The link talks about low nitrate being a possible cause. I'm running around 20ppm. That seemed OK to me??

"As modern aquarists we know that algae is never caused by high Nitrates etc in a planted tank - More likely high Nitrates are caused by poor tank maintenance (if you're not dosing it with Nitrate) so easier to blame a number than inaction."

That's a fair point. This did all start when I was busy with other stuff and stopped looking after things and the water quality was terrible. Association is not causation after all!

I'll let you know how I get on.


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 26/11/2013 14:40
Re: What am I missing? #8
Good thing the LFS had sold out on sat then or I'd be posting about why my nerites wouldn't eat!!

Thanks for the help.


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 26/11/2013 14:31
Re: What am I missing? #9
Oh yeah, I know what I forgot to ask, Nerites wont touch it will they?


PeteEddowes PeteEddowes
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  • Posted on: 26/11/2013 14:26
Re: What am I missing? #10
Yes that description would fit. It did start at a time of very poor water quality although it is adequate now.

I'll try a few of your suggestions:
I'll stop ferts and keep nitrate low (it is pretty much down to my tap water at present)
I'll take another hour off my lights (3 on, 2 off, 4 on)
I think the flow is pretty good but I'll stick an air pump in to improve flow and oxygenation.
I'll give things a really good clean out (again)

"another factor there may be too much CO2"

Would you stop it? I'm desperately trying to get the grass to carpet and I'd also thought the CO2 would help the plants out compete. Having said that, I've got a dKH of 5 with pH of 7.6 and tap water (after 24h stand) of 8 dKH at pH 8. So my CO2 injection is doing virtually nothing.
2.3 to 3.7 mg/L according to the table I'm looking at. Maybe I need a better diffuser...

But I digress...

I'll try the above and leave the black out as plan b for now .

Sound reasonable?



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