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?