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1 26th December 09:24
nic. santean
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How comes that all objects that I put in my tank become
slimy in about 2 days? There is nothing I can see on their
surface, they just feel slimy when touched.

Has anybody experienced something similar? What would
the cause be?

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2 26th December 09:24
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It's called bio-film - bacterial colonies quickly covering all
surfaces.......Frank
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3 26th December 09:25
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Another thing to learn about... Thanks!

Is this a sign of a high concentration of DOC in the tank? How worried
should I be about this bio-film? Should I perform some water change?

Nic.


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4 26th December 09:25
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Frank,is that good or bad,and can it be controlled?

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5 26th December 09:25
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Not at all. You can't *see* DOCs (like dissolved salt), but on the other hand,
clear water does not necessary mean that the water is good!

It should have been called bio-slime - it *feels* slimy. All cycled tanks will
have a bio-film - cycling (nitrogen cycle) is the biological process that turns
fish waste and uneaten foods (ammonia) into nitrite, and nitrite into intrate.


20% weeklywater changes with a good gravel vack. ......Frank
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6 26th December 09:25
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will

turns

intrate.

Then, this is great news for me: I do hope that my tank has started to
cycle.

BTW, since I have no means to monitor the cycling process, are there any
ways/signs to tell whether a tank is cycling or not (aside of the bio-slime
thing), which do not involve the measuring of ammonia/nitrates/nitrites
levels? (fish alive, for one - I guess)

Also, a "precision in terms" question: if the nitrogen cycle has settled
down, do we say that the tank "is cycling" or "has cycled" ? I would guess
that the correct term is that "the tank is cycling", since it goes on and on
(like any sane cycle). Many aquarium guru say that "a tank has cycled" to
refer to the fact that the tank has actually "started to cycle". Which one
is correct? - am I being picky here, or what?

Thanks Frank!

Nic.
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7 26th December 13:35
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WARNING: Slimy objects in tank appear closer than they actually are.
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8 26th December 13:36
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Yes and no - Most of the time, a newly set-up tank becomes a milky color cloudy
at the start of a ammonia spike - remains cloudy thoughout the nitrite spike,
and clears as the nitrite levels drop to 0
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9 26th December 13:36
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Untill the nitrite livel drops to 0, the tank is cycling. Once it does drop to
0, the cycle is over - it has cycled. Once cycled and you get an ammonia or
nitrite reading, its called a mini spike...... Frank
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10 26th December 13:36
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Yes good, controlled no......Frank
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