08-03-2012, 10:31 AM
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I am having an issue and not sure what rout to take. I currently have small white particles floating in my water, as well as what appears to be planaria on the glass. Last, my driftwood suddenly has some white areas and seems to be starting to rot out of nowhere....when it rains... Other than that, parameters are all fine, water is clear, fish and plants appear healthy. As for planaria, I know I have been overfeeding. That I have stopped as of last night. As for the wood rotting, I have no idea why it would happen so sudden (Malaysian drift wood). I wouldn't care so much yet it's only a few months old and i have some java ferns attached which I started from "babies" lol. Now I know I have multiple issues in play, I am tackling one problem at a time. So first on the agenda (aside from less food), it seems my canister filter is not picking up all the particles. I have floss as well as sponges and biomedia, but there are still thousands of sand sized white specs floating around. I am thinking about adding a second filter, maybe one I can either "use as needed" or even possibly keep permanently for mechanical filtration as long as it doesn't add much to the water current. I would be happy with a cheap way to at least filter/clean the water now even if by hand. I hate to drain too much as I have some new oto's in there and I understand they are sensitive to water parameters. Note: I did a 50% water change the other day and no improvement. I will be stepping up the water changes until this clears. 55 gallon medium planted tank, fluval 406 canister filter, sand substrate, weekly 30% water changes.