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April
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3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« on: November 23, 2010, 02:11:10 AM »

The 27 gallon cube tank is almost done cycling and I noticed today when adding an airstone, the force of the bubbles caused a slimey film that had built up on every surface in the tank to peel away and the tank was full of all this transparent stuff!

I had 2 large plastic plants that I have since removed but shook off as much of it in the tank right before. Fortunately everything was sucked up into the canister filter in about 6 hrs and the tank is clear again. I am wondering, was this a beneficial bacteria build up and if so, should I not disturb the new filter for a while so it establishes nicely in it?

Still getting a reading of Nitrites so it's not ready yet. I did follow the instructions to the letter on the bio booster I have been adding so no overload there. Also added Stability but not Prime as I wasn't sure if I should yet...Should I do a water change yet or wait until there is zero Nitrites?
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Hanna
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 03:08:35 AM »

I am not sure about the slime, never experienced this one... but I'd add Prime too.
See Stability is the beneficial bacteria.
And Prime is the conditioner, primer, to remove the unwanted and harmfull chemicals from the tap water.

I can imagine there may be a reaction between bacteria and the stuff we have in our tap water Undecided

At this stage I would do a 40% waterchange, add Stability accordingly and after this every day for one week according to instructions AND I'd add Prime for the whole tank volume.
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April
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 03:33:14 AM »

Yes I used another brand of beneficial bacteria AND water conditioner from the lfs in the beginning and now started using Stability. So I will do a big water change and use Prime next. I also had an opportunity to try Seachems 'Clarity' but with mixed results. The water was crystal clear after 36 hrs but it left a distinct yellow tint to the water so I am glad I didn't use it in the new system!
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 05:54:24 AM »

This is strange though, I used Clarity too, added 2 cap full every day for one week and it worked perfectly.
Do you have some driftwood in your tank? If yes, this will be the reason.
Other than that a slight yellowish colour is a good sign of good water quality. This is what I learned from Graham.
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 07:12:56 AM »

It wasn't algae was it?? It doesn't sound like something algae would do but I dunno  Undecided It could have been some residue off something in the tank such as the gravel, fake plants, etc. Anything like that in the tank that could have caused it?
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 08:32:35 AM »

I think I experienced something similar to this in my tank within the first 3 months.
Mine seemed to only be on the glass though.
I just kept rubbing it off and letting the filter suck it up, and eventually it never grew back.
My water parameters were all fine and I didn't use conditioner because I have tank water.
I wouldn't touch the filter just yet as you will remove a lot of the beneficial bacteria.
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 08:43:51 AM »

Are you showing any nitrate reading at all?
That film was probably some algae starting to grow.
It always starts out as a film on the glass and then you see blooms as it grows more.
It's good if you see the algae.  That means your tank is almost cycled.
I would just leave it until your tank is cycled and then you can take an aquatic scubber and remove it. Smiley
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 10:49:23 AM »

Did you ever keep plants only in a bowl with stagnant water? In that case, you would notice that film on the surface too.
So I'd go putting my bet on the fact that there's no fishie to stir things up there yet Smiley
And it might be algae, I've noticed how the walls feel slimy sometimes without anything green being visible yet Smiley
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April
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 03:46:33 PM »

Thank you for your replies. Hanna, I don't have any driftwood in the tank or live plants yet and the slime wasn't on the tank walls at all. As for the 'clarity' product, I wondered about the colour (dark brown) and that it may have gone bad??? Nossie, overnight it has been completely removed and I think it may well have been that there wasn't enough water movement in the tank allowing the slime to adhere to every part of the plastic plants I had in there. I gave it a good stir with a high powered pump and airstone and just added a full capful of Prime to hopefully reduce those nitrites. When I set up the Rena Filstar filter, I installed the spray bar so that the surface is constantly moving but I guess it wasn't enough. Maybe I will switch to the jet nozzle instead. Nitrates are present Minde between 5 and 10. It looks crisp and clear  Grin

*just attached a pic of the Clarity and it's colour does this look the same as yours Hanna?
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2010, 05:41:15 AM »

April, this is exactly the same. Clarity is a brown liquid, when you pour it into the tank you should see cloudiness coming up which will disappear after a few hours. Doing this every day for one week the water should be crystal clear.
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 12:21:48 PM »

Sounds like you solved it the problem, April Smiley Good luck with the rest of the cycle! Cheesy
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April
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Re: 3rd week of cycling and slime film on everything in the tank.
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 08:25:39 PM »

Thanks again Nossie and Hanna, glad to 'clear' that issue up Wink
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