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Old 04-24-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
 
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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.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Gary
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
 
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 06:15 PM   #3
 
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 06:24 PM   #4
 
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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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Old 04-26-2007, 08:17 PM   #5
 
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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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Old 04-27-2007, 12:07 AM   #6
 
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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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Old 04-27-2007, 06:30 AM   #7
 
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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.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:20 AM   #8
 
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Originally Posted by solareclipsed
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.
Thanks
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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