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Old 03-15-2013, 07:35 AM   #1 
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Problem with white/grey stuff in my please

Hi Everyone

I've been having a problem with one of my tanks. here is the set up:

5 Gallon heated

Whisper 3i filter (I realize this filter isnt suitable for this tank. I use it more for circulation/aeration than filtration)

Water is conditioned with either Prime or Stress Coat

gravel bottem with silk plants

WC routine is 2x weekly. 1 at 100% and 1 at 50%.

Last week while doing the 100% WC I noticed that the filter wasnt moving any water around. i pulled the cartridge and it was loaded with this white/grey stuff. it was also inside the housing and it clogged the air hole at the bottom of the filter tube where the air line connects.

This week I have been doing daily 80% water changes because my guy likes to bite his tail. a few days ago he took a chuck out..grr!!

Last night I noticed the same stuff on the glass walls of the tank and the heater suction cups. Did a 80% WC and cleaned off the glass and heater.

What is this stuff and what is causing it? How do I get this under control and eliminate it?


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Old 03-15-2013, 10:39 AM   #2 
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how long has your tank been setup? are you trying to cycle the tank or leaving it uncycled?

I had something like this when I first set up my tank. It looked like tissue almost and was on everything. Members here told me it was normal and would clear up. well a week later and many water changes and cleanings later it was gone and I haven't seen it since.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #3 
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Hi there

I am not attempting to cycle. I never thought that little 3i filter could support a cycle. My 100% WC routine would wreck a cycle anyway since I clean the entire tank and rinse the the plants and gravel.

This almost looks like mushy talcum powder


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Old 03-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #4 
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It might be from the Prime water conditioner.....I've had the same thing happen.....last night, as a matter of fact. I'd just tried Betta Basics for the first time (also by Seachem).....and wondered why the water looks cloudy after. It was especially noticeable in a small .5 container I was using as a hospital tank. This morning, the bottom was covered in weird white someone had snuck in and dissolved a tissue in there. Additionally, the surface of the water had a layer of greasy-looking slime.

So I had to redo all the water changes this morning.....and hope my fish suffer no long-lasting effects. I will not use these products again.....I don't know if I just got a bad batch (and yes, I did follow the directions....) or what, but I'm not taking the chance. It was disgusting!
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #5 
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Thanks, thats interesting. Just a few days ago I opened a new bottle of prime. Since I've been doing daily WC due to my guy biting his tail I wonder if that is the culprit.

I have Stress Coat at home too. I'll try switching and see what happens

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #6 
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I know many people that use and recommend prime water conditioner. Most likely got a bad batch :(
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:23 AM   #7 
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Stress Coat actually does the same thing lol. Hope you have better luck with it though. The stuff is harmless, but it doesn't look so pretty.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #8 
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Don't use filter. With water changes you do 1-50 and 1-100% weekly you don't need filter. I do the same for my 5 gall . Well i do 100% only every about 8 days.
I do have tail bitter but he don't do it constantly, just once in every about 6 month. But really you don't need to do daily water changes. I do it weekly for my 2.5 gall -100% and i never had any problems . He never get infections.Less water movement is better. And i have toys in his tank and silk plants to distract him. And i always been using Prime.
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