I was trying to decide if over cleaning my tanks had wiped out all bacteria both good and bad or if something else was going on. I was wondering if adding bottled bacteria regularly would help the smell?
On the five gallon filter it has an aqueon floss filter cartridge. Then it has two bio grids with carbon pads.
The fifty five gallon filter just has two Marineland floss filters and then two bio grids.
In the new tank I have gravel as the substrate. I made sure it was thoroughly rinsed before I added it. I also have two caves made by Marineland, two pvc
plumbing pipes, one of those underwater bubbling volcanoes, a dragon statue and an Anubias plant. Aside from the plant all the decorations I soaked in boiling water overnight.
I normally use tap water and add API stress coat. I live in Houston and we naturally have bad water. Even more so since it’s summer. I think there are even more chemicals added to the water now.
On another note my normally healthy Betta is getting deathly ill since my last four water changes. I do my normal water change routine that I’ve been doing the last year and a half but this time after I change the water he curls up in an 0 position with his head buried in the gravel. He has rapid breathing and can’t swim upright. After about three days he will pull out of it and is his normal happy self again. He is the only one of my fish to be affected by the water changes so I don’t know for sure if something is going on with the water. I’ll do the paper towel thing and see if I see anything.