Mould in my filter?
I am currently trying to fishless cycle my 30L (8G) tank. Couldn't source pure ammonia so had to use the shrimp method. It kinda stank even with water changes so a few days ago I took it out and switched to the fish food.
Now yesterday I noticed these brown/gray patches on my filter media (mesh/wool) and am wondering is that the bacteria colony or is it mould? Is kinda musty smelling so am thinking it might be mould from the shrimp :(
Does this mean I need to start again? I've been getting confusing readings the whole time (I have all the details in the "Early Stages of Cycling 30L tank" thread)
Mold and mildew are not aquatic although they only exist on wet or damp surfaces.
It's possible that if wet media is also exposed to air that mold may grow on the damp surface - but not under water in a filter.
Can you take a picture?
Just trying to upload one now, Photobucket is being difficult! The media is submerged most of the time...
http://flic.kr/p/daUZbh Can't get it to display for some reason!
Try this link: P9150302 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
That just appears to be normal decayed organic matter that gets trapped in the sponge - it's very normal (that's what you have a filter for).
okay, phew! am guessing shouldn't touch it then? and does it matter if it smells a bit? Just don't want it to be impeding my bacteria....
I get that all the time (or when I forget to change the filter). I dont know about touching it. I have because that doesn't gross me out, but other people hate that stuff. The smell is prob just the filter cycling.
Looks perferctly normal to me too. When it gets to be sludgy, swish it in tank water when you do water changes. Don't rinse it under tap water.
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