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Thanks and repped! Awesome test kit for freshwater hobbyists.
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Normally $20. Good price
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I still don't understand what is Subscribe & Save. Do they send you one each month? I do not need them to do that.
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I still don't understand what is Subscribe & Save. Do they send you one each month? I do not need them to do that.
Likely an error on Amazon's part. This isn't something that should really be S&S. Just order it that way to get the discount and then cancel the sub after you receive the item.
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I am an aquarium noob, mother in law got my daughter a betta, so I got him a 10 gallon aquarium, crushed coral substrate I think it's called, treated w/ bacteria, and a test strip says all the levels are good (ph, alkalinity, etc). Lately though, the white-ish coral has been turning kind of brown, and spreading every day, I even noticed this on the glass. This is the second time it's started happening, the first time I drained the tank, cleaned everything and tossed the colored rocks I initially had as the substrate.

Thoughts regarding what's causing the brown (i think it's algae?) and how to avoid it? I reaaaally don't want to keep having to drain the tank and refill every few weeks. The water test strips still report everything as fine Frown

EDIT: I tried vacuuming the rocks, but the brown stuff didn't come off
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[/QUOTE]EDIT: I tried vacuuming the rocks, but the brown stuff didn't come off[/QUOTE]

Best is to post your questions on Facebook group like as DIY Fish Keeper or Freshwater Aquarium. They are more informative to answer your question.

Brown algae or any algae are do to many factors. Main one is light, if you have high light or long duration of light, algae will grow.

Over feeding or too much nutrient in water can also cause algae.

Brown algae happen in new tank and can be control by Otocinclus Catfish, Amano Shrimp, or Bristlenose pleco.
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Thanks OP, just got a small 7.5 gallon tank so going to order this. However, I don't know why people always tack on the 15% S&S discount to a price... I'm pretty sure most people aren't subscribed to 5 products at one time. Unless you are tricking the system and just subscribing to things you don't need and cancelling before they ship?
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I am an aquarium noob, mother in law got my daughter a betta, so I got him a 10 gallon aquarium, crushed coral substrate I think it's called, treated w/ bacteria, and a test strip says all the levels are good (ph, alkalinity, etc). Lately though, the white-ish coral has been turning kind of brown, and spreading every day, I even noticed this on the glass. This is the second time it's started happening, the first time I drained the tank, cleaned everything and tossed the colored rocks I initially had as the substrate.

Thoughts regarding what's causing the brown (i think it's algae?) and how to avoid it? I reaaaally don't want to keep having to drain the tank and refill every few weeks. The water test strips still report everything as fine Frown

EDIT: I tried vacuuming the rocks, but the brown stuff didn't come off
Look up diatom algae and see if it's the same thing, it's normal for new tanks to get it and will eventually subside. Don't turn on the aquarium lights or have the tank in direct sunlight. For a beta you should not be using crushed coral which would be meant for marine since it will increase the pH as well as other things.
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I still don't understand what is Subscribe & Save. Do they send you one each month? I do not need them to do that.
You can select how often they send it. But most people order the subscribe and save (because it's discounted), then once they receive it, they cancel the recurring shipments. It's super easy. Click on "Your subscribe and save items" and then click cancel. Done and done. If you're worried you're going to forget to cancel, push it out 6 months. They also even email you before they ship just to remind you. Gives you like two days to cancel if you want. Really couldn't be more user friendly.
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Likely an error on Amazon's part. This isn't something that should really be S&S. Just order it that way to get the discount and then cancel the sub after you receive the item.
I'd argue this IS an item that could be subscribe and save. It's a consumable item. While you might not need a new one every month, you can push it out for every 6 months. A better example would be.... a pair of pliers. There's no reason pliers should be eligible for subscribe and save.... but sometimes Amazon has them as such.
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I'd argue this IS an item that could be subscribe and save. It's a consumable item. While you might not need a new one every month, you can push it out for every 6 months. A better example would be.... a pair of pliers. There's no reason pliers should be eligible for subscribe and save.... but sometimes Amazon has them as such.
Do you test your aquarium 5 times a day, or do you just have no clue about this test kit? I get about 2 years out of one of these kits.
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I am an aquarium noob, mother in law got my daughter a betta, so I got him a 10 gallon aquarium, crushed coral substrate I think it's called, treated w/ bacteria, and a test strip says all the levels are good (ph, alkalinity, etc). Lately though, the white-ish coral has been turning kind of brown, and spreading every day, I even noticed this on the glass. This is the second time it's started happening, the first time I drained the tank, cleaned everything and tossed the colored rocks I initially had as the substrate.

Thoughts regarding what's causing the brown (i think it's algae?) and how to avoid it? I reaaaally don't want to keep having to drain the tank and refill every few weeks. The water test strips still report everything as fine https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/frown.gif

EDIT: I tried vacuuming the rocks, but the brown stuff didn't come off
it could be algae or cyano bacteria.

most fishcare problems come down to nutrients into the tank vs nutrients taken out being imbalanced and thats likely your case.

You add food into the tank every day. if any isnt eaten, it starts decaying. any food the fish eats is pooped out eventually but still contains a lot of nutrients and fish waste (toxic to the fish but yummy for bad bacteria and algea). every day you add more and more. you need to get rid of all of the nutrients (phosphates, nitrates, etc) or they just build up in the water and eventually kill your fish or something nasty that eats them takes over (algea, cyano bacteria, diatoms, etc).

if you have a filter, the pad can grow beneficial bateria to out compete the bad bacteria (like the ones that make the gravel turn brown). Still, the filter isnt enough because some things cant be eaten by bacteria and will just keep increasing. So you need to change the water in order to reset the balance. you shouldnt change all of it at once because that will shock the fish and the rest of the tank. many people do weekly 25% water changes.

hope this helps! it was a very simple overview and you can find a lot more by googling
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it could be algae or cyano bacteria.

most fishcare problems come down to nutrients into the tank vs nutrients taken out being imbalanced and thats likely your case.

You add food into the tank every day. if any isnt eaten, it starts decaying. any food the fish eats is pooped out eventually but still contains a lot of nutrients and fish waste (toxic to the fish but yummy for bad bacteria and algea). every day you add more and more. you need to get rid of all of the nutrients (phosphates, nitrates, etc) or they just build up in the water and eventually kill your fish or something nasty that eats them takes over (algea, cyano bacteria, diatoms, etc).

if you have a filter, the pad can grow beneficial bateria to out compete the bad bacteria (like the ones that make the gravel turn brown). Still, the filter isnt enough because some things cant be eaten by bacteria and will just keep increasing. So you need to change the water in order to reset the balance. you shouldnt change all of it at once because that will shock the fish and the rest of the tank. many people do weekly 25% water changes.

hope this helps! it was a very simple overview and you can find a lot more by googling
Generally the Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter bacteria will not be a big factor in reducing algae as Nitrosomonas feeds off of Ammonia and Nitrobacter feeds off of Nitrite, however the algae will (unfortunately) do just fine with the Nitrate left over. This is a new tank though so I imagine it is not fully cycled thus there is likely going to be Ammonia/Nitrite spikes.
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I am an aquarium noob, mother in law got my daughter a betta, so I got him a 10 gallon aquarium, crushed coral substrate I think it's called, treated w/ bacteria, and a test strip says all the levels are good (ph, alkalinity, etc). Lately though, the white-ish coral has been turning kind of brown, and spreading every day, I even noticed this on the glass. This is the second time it's started happening, the first time I drained the tank, cleaned everything and tossed the colored rocks I initially had as the substrate.

Thoughts regarding what's causing the brown (i think it's algae?) and how to avoid it? I reaaaally don't want to keep having to drain the tank and refill every few weeks. The water test strips still report everything as fine https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/frown.gif

EDIT: I tried vacuuming the rocks, but the brown stuff didn't come off
Brown algae that you are seeing is not harmful to the fish, and is actually beneficial as growth of it will mean less Ammonia/Nitrite/Nitrate in the water column (hopefully it is only feeding off of Nitrate as the Ammonia/Nitrite is ideally 0ppm, but this is a new tank). It just looks ugly.

That said, what the others have stated is correct. The primary causes of this in a new tank/new fishkeeper is:
1) Overfeeding
2) Overfeeding
3) Over lighting (too intense or too long or both); keep in mind fish don't need much light - the light is mostly for your aesthetic benefit or live plants if you have any
4) Less than adequate maintenance (gravel vac to remove detritus, water changes to remove dissolved organics and nitrate).

You really should not need to drain the entire tank to clean this out. Previously mentioned 25% changes is a pretty good amount and very easy to do as general maintenance.

See what you can do to alleviate the causes first, then start thinking about maintenance.

A nerite snail is also a good algae eater along with the previous otocinclus suggestion, and both suggestions look cool and get along with betta, although I would still get some kind of glass scraper. Do NOT get a pleco as the vast majority grow very large and are poop factories.
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Do you test your aquarium 5 times a day, or do you just have no clue about this test kit? I get about 2 years out of one of these kits.
I agree that 6 months is a bit... quick, but some people do have more tanks than others. For one tank two years does sound about right if you are testing nitrate with each water change for only a single tank though.

Side note, I mentioned in another thread I always feel dumb buying this kit 'cause I barely use anything aside from the Nitrate test kit as all my tanks are well established, but then I feel extra dumb for buying the way overpriced nitrate-only kit.
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Do you test your aquarium 5 times a day, or do you just have no clue about this test kit? I get about 2 years out of one of these kits.
Well for starters, you're assuming the owner only has one aquarium. It's not uncommon for someone into the hobby to have two or more aquariums. But secondly, these do expire and it's been proven multiple times expired kits can skew results pretty quickly. If I remember correctly, most expiration dates people see are about 18 months out. Third, I was simply commenting that this is a consumable item and belongs in S&S LONG before some other times we've had posted here.
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