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post #51 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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I notice that in the 10 gallon tank there seems to be some floating particles in the tank and what looks like dust on the leaves of my anubias and crypt wendii tropica im not sure but I think the floating particles might have something to do with the filter media. I have the regular blue filter pad in there with no carbon in it and then there is another white sponge that came with the filter as well and every time I turn the filter on from doing a water change the water goes through that white sponge and a film shows up on top of the water, its a aqua tech 5-15 filter that came with the 10 gallon tank. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I might get the floating stuff out of the tank and I do have a algea problem to but right now its not to bad. I just pulled the white sponge out and the side of the case its in said bio-fiber.

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post #52 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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in the 10 gallon tank it looks like little particles floating around in the tank and what looks like dust on the leaves of the anubias and crypt wendtii Im not sure but I think it might have something to do with the filter media. I have the regular blue filter pad without the carbon in side and then there is a white sponge the came with the filter and on the side of the case of the sponge it said bio-fiber but when I turn on the filter after doing a water change, there is a film on the water when the water goes through the white sponge and into the tank. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I could do to get rid of the particles in the water and the dust on the leaves.
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post #53 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 12:20 PM
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Haven't read through the whole thread, but do you clean your filter periodically? From the description you're giving of it happening when you turn the filter back on, it sounds like debris from the filter. Next time you do a water change rinse out the media in the water you take from the tank and see if it happens again.
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post #54 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 12:22 PM
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What color are these particulars? Can you tell? If you think its coming from the filter pads can you take them out and rinse them out in tank water when you do water changes?

Is the dust on the leaves of the plants the same color? Does it wipe off easily?

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post #55 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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when I do the water change I dip both the sponges in a bucket that has the tank water in it and the particles are kinda small so its hard to tell what color they are and I can shake the leaves and the dust comes right off
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post #56 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 04:32 PM
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Dipping them isn't the same as cleaning them. They give them some squeezes during the next dip.
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post #57 of 57 Old 09-25-2013, 04:34 PM
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Instead of just dipping them in water next time squeeze them out several times to get them to release any debris trapped. Sometimes just dipping them alone won't get them out. I usually take my sponges and dip them in water then pull them out and squeeze them out and dipping them back into the water. I repeat this process several times. Some times I will even do it under the water. If the sponge has anything in it the water will turn a brownish color sometimes light and sometimes dark depending on how dirty the sponge was.

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