I also caught a Twitchbeard on my first try.
Meow and Somesuch
canadian-noodle said: Hi there! I've had my Betta for about a year and a half and he is currently in a 10 gallon tank (heated and filtered) but I'm having loads of problems with algal blooms (algae in the water that clouds it up without adhering to anything) and I wondered if you might have any tips for it? I've been successfully treating it with several algae treatments, but it won't go away for good. It keeps coming back ever few weeks, and it's a little worrying. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!!
Hi canadian-noodle! The classic tips are things like: reduce the amount of light per day (including moving it away from the window if it’s near one), increase the frequency of partial water changes, add a bunch of nitrate-sucking plants (e.g. anacharis, asian ambulia, amazon frogbit, water wisteria - all of which are easy weed-fast growers), and dose 1 ml of carbon (e.g. flourish excel) each morning when the lights go on. When I’m really on top of my game, water-change wise, that’s when my algae is most under control. I’m not sure if the same advice applies to green water, so, also spend some time googling “green water” and see if there’s any more insights there.
Fishblr, feel free to add any other hints!
Make sure whatever water dechlorinator you’re using is not an ammonia remover, but instead an ammonia detoxifier, it kind of sounds like mini bacteria blooms or cycle breaks in he water.
OP, do you notice this happening after water changes? And if so make sure you’re not removing too much water, would safetly say not to take out more than 40%.
The issue is, that if you don’t have a heavily stocked tank then there’s not going to be a huge bioload, oddly enough using detoxifier and not remover will keep enough ammonia in the tap water to keep the cycle going, instead of accidentally wiping out all of the ammonia when you do the water changes, even over dosing with remover can cause these little mini cycle breaks to happen.
Same thing has happened to me and another friend and as soon as I said something about the 2 dechlorinators she said that was the one thing that had been switched up.
And also reducing light the tank gets, making sure it’s not getting extra sunlight from a window, etc.
This confuses me slightly because I’ve never seen a dechlorinator water treatment that also removed ammonia.
Whereas if you don’t treat your new water with a water conditioner, the chlorine in the tap water can kill off your beneficial bacteria as well as react with any ammonia in the water column, etc.
I have three tin cans and I hand them to you. One is canned pork. One is canned tuna. One is canned salmon. You are deathly allergic to fish. You are starving.
None of them are labeled.
See, its easy to just dig into a can and eat whatever is in it if you know that it won’t harm you. But if you know that two out of those three cans will put you in the hospital or worse, you will want that label. Even worse, you might not even know you have the allergy until you eat the fish in the can.
People who are under represented find themselves in day-to-day conflict about where they belong and what is safe for them. Labels serve as a way to identify other people inside your community and establish safe places where otherwise there is the constant worry of judgment.
Perhaps in a Utopian society, where everyone’s needs are met and no one judges anyone for anything, labels would be no longer necessary. And if you feel comfortable at this moment, not needing to label yourself to find community, that’s great and I hope that others achieve that level of comfort in one’s identity.
But right now there are people fighting to even have their identifiers recognized. An outsider saying that ‘you don’t need them’ denies them a chance at community. For every person who sees a label as confinement, there is another who sees it as opportunity for escape.
So before you go on that rant about how ‘labels are for soup cans,’ just remember that soup cans are labeled for a very good reason. (And put back that shirt from Hot Topic. Its way overpriced.)
There is a gigantic flaw in this analogy.
You can smell that salmon and tuna don’t smell like pork.
The same is true of people.
You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.