Okay so I have one female crown-tail Betta named Xena (my avatar). She is so cute and lively. She lives in a 1 gallon tank, I wish I could get her a 5 gallon but I live in a dorm :( so sorry about that.
But here's the problem, I keep finding mold in her tank, and I clean her 1 gallon once a week, making sure I rinse really well, never using soap or anything. If I see mold on her one little decoration I will scrub it off (sometimes I will boil it in water). I use API safe and easy tank cleaner. (Which is safe for outside and inside cleaning of the tank and has never caused her any problems).
See, I've had to throw away 2 silk plants because the mold overtook them and it was disgusting. And my third silk plant is now getting moldy and it's only a matter of time now before I'll have to replace it (and they can get expensive when you're replacing them all the time). I would say the temperature of her tank is around 78-80, and I don't use a heater because her tank is too small to have one.
The mold never seems to affect Xena whatsoever.. She is always her lively self, swimming around, eating her pellets normally. She's had no diseases (except her ongoing swim bladder which she had when I got her). But I'd really feel a lot better If I could get rid of the mold.
Does anyone know how I can remedy the mold situation? I honestly don't know what's going on. I had a male Betta fish before and he lived for quite a while and there was never mold in his tank and I used the same water conditioner. But I used different type of gravel then.. I don't think that would even make a difference. Oh and I didn't use the API cleaner or Epsom salt in his tank either. Would that cause different water conditions where mold would grow? I could really use some pro help! Thanks so much. :)