Ahhh!! 1st off I wanted to be upfront and honest and say I haven't swished filter media in tank water in quite some time like I know I'm supposed to.
I've been doing weekly 50% PWC
and gravel vacuum.
-1 female guppy
- 2 female mollies
- 1 male Molly
- 1 female Red Mickey mouse platy
- 1 juvie 1" female gold Twinbar platy
- 3 Otos
I did a 50% PWC
today and gravel vacuum just now and pulled open the filter to my complete astonishment found this disgusting mess!
I feel horrible because this is the obvious effects of the neglect of filter swishing HOWEVER I also realized that when I had changed out my cartridge about 2 months ago and put my cut piece to seed the new cartridge I forgot to ever take out the old piece!
My Ph is a steady 8.0
Ammo 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate (out of the test, but always 10-20ppm)
I test with API liquid test kit... And use Prime.
I have the filter out, taken apart and all the cartridge media, etc is in a bucket of tank water until I get advice here...
The tank looks like this right now... Have bubble strip going for oxygen and the heater of course.
What is this mold and should I superbly hot water wash my filter and start fresh with a new cycle? I can use media from another tank... But take it out next time after... 2 wks??
This is horrible and I feel like such a bad fishie mom. The fish are swimming around as usual and are seeming quite happy.
WHAT Do I do???