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Old 10-20-2013, 07:40 PM   #1 
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White growth on aquarium substrate?

I have had this tank cycled and well established for over 3 months, and have had this white substance in the tank for 2 of those months. It is a 10 gallon planted tank with aquarium sand and root tabs. I only have 2 male bettas in the tank (divided).

It is all over the sand and appears somewhat fuzzy. I vacuum as much of it up as I can once a week and it always comes back. I am not sure what else I can do so I am hoping someone can tell me what it is so that I can figure out how to get rid of it.

I'll post some pictures in a few minutes.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:17 AM   #3 
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It's water mold. Is this a NPT tank? It is feeding on something (decaying matter of some type) and it can be really hard to eradicate.

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As is stated in my original post it is a planted aquarium with just sand and root tabs. There has never been anything in the tank other than the 2 bettas and there is no decaying plant matter.
Could it simply be excess nutrients being given off by the root tabs? If so that would be a relatively easy fix.
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I never seen that before. My guess is fungus, it might be feeding on uneaten food maybe. What are your water perimeter?
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:22 PM   #6 
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I never allow uneaten food to stay in the tank, mostly because I feed each betta one pellet at a time.
My parameters are 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, and 5ppm nitrate
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oomycota

This may shed some light

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