This is a continuing saga from the 'white fuzz in (flaking) betta log' thread (email in to Zoomed).
Am now seeing brown spots (algae?) on my silk plants.
I did rinse them in old (to be discarded) tank water and they came off pretty easily with rubbing & rinsing.
Did notice that my filter ceramics and carbon cartridge filter had some actual green algae growth on rinsing (again, in old to-be-discarded tank water).
Still having challenges with ammonia (will easily go up to 0.5+ ppm without aggressive water changes; no nitrites/nitrates seen).
pH goes to a scary (purple on test kit) 8.4-8.8 unless I degass the heck out of it (for ~ 1 hr) to get it to the (brown on test kit) 8.0-8.2 range (where it stabilizes)- still higher than I'd like but believe it's better than too acidic.
Heater at 78-80F.
Airstone on separate gang valve/pump available- run it for ~ 15-30 min total a day (Fred not a fan of it).
Whisper 10i with added ceramic for biosubstrate (baffled).
Biosponge from reputable fish store buried in gravel.
Betta log was rinsed in bleach water & then copious rinsing/soaks of dechlorinated water before reinstalling in tank. So far no white fuzz (crossed fingers), but the paint is peeling more :( Still no word from Zoomed (email sent).
At this point (since I'm not getting cycling?, just enthusiastic ammonia production- and now I'm getting brown spots on silk plants(and may still get white fuzz on betta log):
I took out four 'betta bulbs' that were guaranteed to grow in 30 days (yeah right- botanical name started with an "A"?) as they smelled fetid to me (and the 30 days were up and they were just decomposing/soggy with no signs of imminent growth). Seemed like they were a plausible source of ammonia (through decomposition)?
Light is on from about 7 am - 11pm (have thought about cutting the light to decrease growth?)
1 small crowntail betta male (Fred Nancois)-seems happy as a clam.
SMALL pinch (cleaned up in < 5 min) of flake food (won't eat pellets/balls) 2 x day.
No other pals yet (one thing at a time, or would a few corys help things?).
Ideas about the brown algae?- or anything else I'm missing?