Hi Y 'all!
I've had my little Fish Perry since mid May 2011. I knew nothing about fish when I got him, and though I THOUGHT I had learned alot, I now realize Im not much better off than I was from the start! :(((
After many different arrangments, he is now in a 10 gallon, heated, filtered tank It has a gravel bed, two castles (one small, one medium ) 3 silk plants, one plastic plant and a floating log. It is not crowded and he is alone in the tank. The whole cycling thing confused me, but according to the color coded test strips, the water is good. I do a 50% water change weekly. My question is this...
The plants (especially the plastic one), the filter, and the heater get a film or "gumption" on them. When I do my water change I "vacume the gravel" and wipe the glass front with a clean paper towel. Am I suppose to be cleaning the stuff off of these other things too? I thought that I wanted this stuff because it kept my cycle going. Am I wrong? Should I be cleaning all of these things with hot water? Or should I leave the stuff there?