Aquarium adventure 3

Unfortunately our trip was cut short by nonstop rain, so upon early return I saw reasonably clear water. But most panes had now turned brownish, and the floating snowflakes had been replaced by floating sh*t flakes. Its as if Santa had enjoyed bit too much Madras curry the night before, and then pooped on the water.

And more water changes. 50%. Next day 80%. It just kept on coming back. The poor plants had mostly dissolved into the brown mess, so they were beyond rescue. More I changed the water, the newly added white flakes got covered and became brown flakes. I could swear the fish were telling me to get my act together.

So I again consulted the experts, who told me to sack the tank (which I understood to not do) or to run Silicate removing media in the FX4. So I removed the silicates from our tap water, and for couple of days it seemed to be lessening, but then the water turned murky green. My beautiful imaginary tank was going through a proper teething process. It seemed I was capturing just about every single algae-bacteria there was on the market.

It was desperate times. August brought heavy heat waves, and in between playing with water changes and guessing what was hitting the tank next, I spent hours online trying to understand what was going on. I discovered it was likely that I had nutritional imbalances there, and that I could utilise algae removing chemicals to solve the issues. I bought some that turned the water blue. Then other that made it purple. Then I had a bottle of clear liquid. None of them seemed to do much, apart from having a different colour water to look at, so I suppose it is already something.

And then came the cyanobacteria. I noticed it one morning whilst having my coffee and staring at the tank. It was like a gelatinous blue film, covering one plant and on the substrate. It reminded me of the dreadded blue algae blooms in lake waters at summer. The once at school they warned us of, told us not to swim if we see it, as its poisonous. I consulted dr Google, and yes, unbelievably I actually had a blue green algae infestation starting in my freshwater tank!

So I called another famous specialist shop of aquarium products, told them about my freshwater tank with angelfish and blue cyano infection, and they recommended a product that I bought. The sea water cyano kit arrived a week later.

What is wrong with these so called experts? Do they not understand even the basics, or are they just not paying attention? I had spoken of neon tetras, the diatom infection, and they send me a sea water kit. So back it went and new was sent, and in this time my tank started to also show signs of slimy green filamentous algae.

I now believe that these supposedly helpful coloured chemicals that were advertised to replace the unpleasant diatom brown algae with a harmless biological growth, actually contain other algaes that just replace your brown gunk with a step sturdier green counterparts.

So now I had a high ph water, milky haze, some cyanobacteria, fair bit of diatoms, and as a new addition a huge green slimy hair algae.

Brown algae, ie diatoms.

I think many in this moment would have given up. But I saw it as a challenge. I consulted someone who is considered to be a true guru of freshwater tanks, and he basically told me that I needed co2 injection, that I needed to change the gravel into a better substrate, that I ought to fertilize, and that I could use RO water instead of my tap water.

Now, thats a lot of information. But I bought a jbl 502 kit from him, and got into the world of carbon dioxide. Would that start to change it for real?

Injecting co2, on first day the atomizer looked so clean. Notice how the co2 sensor is upside down – no wonder it never changed colour.

It remained to be seen.