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post #1 of 8 Old 04-24-2007, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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white particles?

I have a bunch of white particles floating in my aquarium and was wondering what it might be and how to get rid of it. I have run a diatom filter for about 3 days and it did help but it did not clear it up. I dont know what else to do. I have had several fish with what seemed to be dropsy and another fish die out of the blue and I dont know why. I have not checked my water levels yet but I will tomorrow. It is heavily planted with pressurized co2 injection. I have foam filters, ceramic rings and the white water polisher in my canister filter. I dont know if any of those could have anything to do with it so I am just naming what I can think of.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-25-2007, 12:27 PM
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Could it possibly be mineral & deposits that came loose and are now suspended in the water?

Do a complete test on the water and post your results and that will probably help... Also how big are the particles?

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-26-2007, 07:15 PM
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Ok, so you have a major set-up compared to me so I am risking sounding very unintelligent here... but could it be something as simple as a bacterial bloom or high phosphates? I had great success with a product called Algone. It can be used in a planted tank.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-26-2007, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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It could be anything for as far as I know. Just cause it is a big setup doesnt mean I know alot about it. I just added alot of the stuff about 2 months ago and I am still learning about all the little stuff.
I like all comments and suggestions that way I can know what to look for.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-26-2007, 09:17 PM
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Particles like specks, or like really short threads? Last time I saw specks in my tank, aftr a couple days they lenthened a bit, and some research showed me that I had planaria. If that's what you have, cut your feedings in half and they'll go away.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-27-2007, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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its just a bunch of little white specs. looks like dust in the water. and I dont feed alot anyways. I dont know but it doesnt seem to be hurting anything so I am not really worried about it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-27-2007, 07:30 AM
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Sounds like a bacterial bloom. They can be real thick sometimes.

I've endured several and I once got rid of it in less than 24 hours by doing a major water change. After the water change, it seemed to clear up on its own.

Several weeks later I purchased a pack of Algone inserts, and it hasn't showed up since. Maybe cause of the weekly water changes too but the inserts will benefit the tank in the long run.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-27-2007, 09:20 AM
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its just a bunch of little white specs. looks like dust in the water. and I dont feed alot anyways. I dont know but it doesnt seem to be hurting anything so I am not really worried about it.
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Gary
Yes Gary, that sounds like a bacterial bloom for sure. It looks fine from a distance, and then up close you can see all the little white specs. Do a water change (I did one almost daily to keep it at bay) and I highly recommend Algone. Once you add the Algone pouch you can slow down on the water changes.

I have to mention though, that I would be worried. Although bacterial bloom isn't considered a major threat it still represents an unhealthy water situation and should be cleared up before it escalates.

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