OK, here's the deal. I have a new tank, and I'm a new fish-mom. I started cycling it on July 7th, using the shrimp-method that I read about here. When I thought it was done, I took out the shrimp and did a 99% water change, but discovered that it wasn't "done," so following advice here I put in another shrimp to keep the cycle going...then read that I shouldn't use shrimp. The shrimp is now "stringy" and gross, and suddenly everything is covered in green algae. I don't know what to do to get rid of it, because if I take everything out and scrub it (although I don't know if that will work), I'll lose the beneficial bacteria I've started (at least I think so).
Here's the particulars:
What size is your tank? 5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 79-81 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes, Tetra Whisper 10i
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? no, stays at consistent temps, even at night
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none - doing "fishless" cycling
Have you tested your water? yes, with API Master Test Kit and Tetra Easy Strips for Hardness and Alkalinity
If so, what are the following parameters?
showing at maximum or above, 8.0 ppm
0, very soft
I'm getting really frustrated and just don't know what to do. I'd love some advice from experienced people here. I really want to get my guy out of his tiny tank and into his "big boy" tank, but it's been over a month and things are getting worse instead of better. Help!!!