Mold on individual grains of sand? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Umbles's Avatar
 
Mold on individual grains of sand?

So i have cleaned my tank roughly every 2 weeks, and i noticed that recently i've been getting mold stuck to the individual grains of sand. they don't come off with a normal tank clean, I was just wondering if there was some other method i could try to get this sand completely clean.

Here's a picture!

20131008_165532.jpg

thanks!
Umbles is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 04:32 PM
Member
 
willow's Avatar
 
i've called for help

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
willow is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 04:45 PM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
What kind of sand is that? Is the "mold" slimy?
Have you tried to siphon the sand out and see if it comes back?
Posted via Mobile Device
Boredomb is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Umbles's Avatar
 
It is the normal Petco Aquarium sand.

Ive used the normal cleaning siphoner when i change the water. It just sinks back down with the rest of the sand

It doesnt feel slimy, still feels like sand. It used to be all white
Umbles is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:18 PM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Is it just on the sand? How long is the setup been running? What else do you have in the tank?


Last edited by Boredomb; 10-08-2013 at 05:22 PM.
Boredomb is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Umbles's Avatar
 
There is some light brown bold on the heater that easily comes off, but thats it
Umbles is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Umbles's Avatar
 
*mold, i have a 40 gallon freshwater tank with two molly's, just sand, a rock and a plant in the tank. The whole setup has been running about 2 months now.
Umbles is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:28 PM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
Does the brown algae on the heater look the same as what's on the sand? Sorry for all the questions!

Boredomb is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Umbles's Avatar
 
It looks to be about the same color. and i think i just noticed some bright green algae growing on my pump.. which if its the same stuff as in saltwater, i remember its gonna be a pain to get rid of -_-. But ya, the stuff on the sand seems like it sticks to it much harder than the heater. Not sure if thats just cause of the surface or if it really is different
Umbles is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 05:40 PM
Member
 
Boredomb's Avatar
 
I am betting its the same and it just sticks better to the sand. Also betting its Diatoms. Its not uncommon to get them in the first couple of months after setting up a freshwater tank. I had them in my first tank I setup. They will go away pretty soon unless there is another under laying problem such as silicate in your tab water.

Until then I would wipe what you can get off the filter and as for the sand you can (if you have a plain gravel vacuum) siphon it out by starting the siphon and pulling off the big tube at the end. You should have water just going through the hose. Stick the hose just above the sand it will come out into the bucket. If you are using a python well I suppose you could do the same but then you get sand in your sink.
willow likes this.

Boredomb is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to ID individual fish? MarinePsycho Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 02-05-2012 01:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome