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Old 09-29-2017, 08:04 PM   #1
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Restarting my 8G BioCube

RIP Meta the Betta, 9/27/2017. Poor fish somehow managed to get wedged under a rock in the corner of the tank and we did not see it in time.

The former tank had a prolific Java Fern, which I plan to keep for the new tank. We also had a fairly significant algae problem. I basically had to scrub the whole tank weekly in order to prevent it from becoming a "forest" landscape. So, here's where we're at:
-Tank has been completely emptied, scrubbed out, and wiped down with vinegar
-Gravel in the tank has been thoroughly washed
-Water is back in the tank and some aquarium starter has been added

The one thing I didn't wash were the bioballs in the filter. I expect they've got some algae on them as well but I know there's a significant amount of good bacteria there and didn't want to completely eradicate it if possible. I've cleaned the Java fern as best I can (rubbing algae gently off leaves, giving it a good rinse afterwards) but I want to do everything I possibly can to ensure a successful launch to the tank. So, here are my questions for all you super aquarium pros

1) Anything I can do to sterilize the Java fern so it doesn't quickly spread algae? I'm guessing there's still a significant algae presence in the roots that I can't eliminate.
2) When should I reintroduce the plant into the tank?
3) My test kit arrives on Monday. How do I pass the time so I don't freak out with anticipation? (My budget ran out last time before I got to the test kit)

Thank you!

Edit: on my phone and starting to read cycling stuff. Hope I haven't messed anything up too bad. My daughter was traumatized at the passing of her fish. So many tears! I was in a bit of a frenzy to get things started and show her some progress.
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Well, if my decision-making skills are any indication, I shouldn't own fish.

My test kit arrived today and I bought - wait for it - the reef master kit. Yup. I was like "Why am I testing for water hardness? Shouldn't there be a pH test in here? How come there's only a test for nitrate instead of ammonia and nitrite?" And there are no returns. Maybe someone on LetGo will have mercy on me.
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Looks like I can't edit my message anymore.

So uh... anyone in the Seattle area want to buy a reef test kit?
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