Guys I have had tanks all my life... ussually very large with many freshwater fish. But this is interesting. I have a three week old set up that continues to have a bacteria bloom (?) Here is the deal:
1. One happy and healthy betta very active and eats just two pellets a day
2. Two Cory Catfish that get 1/2 of an Algae wafer a day that they eat relatively quickly. All of it.
3. It is a 10 gallon tank with a heater that is a constant 79-81 degrees. Mostly right at 80ish.
4. Filter was a 10 gallon Top Fin but just replaced it with a 20 gallon model thinking it would catch this stuff. No difference. So plenty of filtering and not any real left over food.
5. I syphoned the stones once to check and not much garbage in there lying dormant.
6. Seems to be quite allot of algae as you will see in the pics and much to the pleasure of the catfish.
Again all fish seem to be healthy and very active. The beta leaves the cats alone and only now and again chases em off. No problem.
SO what is the deal? The pics here came after in desperation tried a Tetra (normally dont buy their stuff) fizz thingie to clear it up and of course no real change (its been about three hours and this is the way it tends to look).
I have done partials and even a complete change. Perhaps I am still disturbing the bacteria and its looking for something to latch to. The plants are all plastic. No real ones.
What gives, why the bloom and how in the world do I get rid of it. Its only three fish in a 10 gallon with a super filter, heater and I use tap water that is treated with Stress Coat as I did in the old days with no problems. I mean these things can live in a hoofprint!
See pics. Any advice is more than welcome and appreciated. Thanks.