White film on the glass...?

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Hello my fellow fish keepers!
Can y'all please take a look at these pics and let me know what this white stuff on the inside of the glass is? This is my 75g that I am still trying to get cycled since August 8th. 😫
When I attempted to scrape it off, it turned into some white floating bits of I don't know what. I had just completed a WC two days before and that day I had rinsed out the filter media so I didn't want to disrupt the eco system any more that day (I have crashed my cycle before by doing too much at once). Such a rookie move I know. 😅 I want to clean it this weekend, which will require another wc.
Any advice/suggestions are much appreciated!
 

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Not entirely sure what the white is but I would strongly suggest that you dim the lights cos that is way too bright....if the lights cannot be dimmed down, purchase some floating plants to give the fish some shading....the lighting is really bright and full on (which might have a connection to the whiteness on the glass, but not sure)
 
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Thanks for the info. The pics from my phone make it look alot brighter than it actually is. I've tried plants (Anacharis) but all that experience did was stress me out even more, trying to keep fish AND plants alive. LOL I know how much they benefit the tank and I will try again at some point. However right now my psyche can only concentrate on making sure my fishies stay alive. :blink: :fish:
I will be getting better lighting at some point but they are super expensive so they are on the list for sure!
 

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Thanks for the info. The pics from my phone make it look alot brighter than it actually is. I've tried plants (Anacharis) but all that experience did was stress me out even more, trying to keep fish AND plants alive. LOL I know how much they benefit the tank and I will try again at some point. However right now my psyche can only concentrate on making sure my fishies stay alive. :blink: :fish:
I will be getting better lighting at some point but they are super expensive so they are on the list for sure!
I use Nicrew lighting that is dimmable via remote control, vastly less expensive than the "labelled" brands

I would not be at all surprised if these are available where you are...or something very similar

 
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Hmmmm never used submersible lights before 🧐. I've been keeping an eye out, maybe after Christmas.
So I cleaned the glass last night and did a partial wc. Still a work in progress but looks soooooo much better!!
I took these pics this morning. Loving the journey for sure!!
 

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Do not use submersible lights with fish in the tank. Very stressful because it is unnatural.
 
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Okay thanks for the info! Any recommendations? I don't have any live plants (yet). My thought process is that the lighting should be a piece of equipment that for one, will be up for the long haul, and for two, will be able to meet my current needs as well as any future needs (plants etc...) that I probably don't even have a clue about at the moment. :rofl:
So I'm thinking I probably don't want to go the cheap route nor can I afford the high end stuff. Just need something right in the middle.
 

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LED is the type of lighting most now use, and there are very good planted tank light units. I will leave it for members who have them to comment, as my foray into LED was anything but successful. The important thing is spectrum, which is the colour temperature (wavelengths) that compose "white" light. So much standard LED is high in the blue but too low in the red, which encourages algae but not plants. A white light in the 500K to 6500K rating (K is Kelvin) is ideal. The mid day sun is in this range, and it provides a true colour rendition for fish and plants.
 

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