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drpound2 08-04-2011 02:25 PM

an unanswered question from awhile back
A few weeks ago I posted a question on here about what this white stuff could be collecting and growing in my filter. Someone told me it was fungus and wouldn't harm my fish. I wanted to get rid of it anyways but have found nothing that will do the trick. Recently I came home to two of my seemly perfectly healthy fish dead.
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redchigh 08-04-2011 02:33 PM

test your parameters.

If you have fungus in your filter, you have too many organics.... I would assume that toxic notrogen compounds killed your fish- not the fungus.

Unless you have Mopani driftwood. Then I might look into it.

If you really want to get rid of the fungus, then get some pimafix or go to the pet store and buy an anti-fungal medicine.

drpound2 08-04-2011 02:40 PM

Wat causes those toxins? And I have no driftwood in the tank. I've tried primafix and maroxy but neither has worked to get rid of it. Could it be something other then a fungus?
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redchigh 08-04-2011 02:52 PM

you need to get a water test kit, and measure nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia. Don't trust the sticks, get a real kit.

That would be my first guess.

Calmwaters 08-04-2011 09:14 PM

I agree with redchigh you need to test your water and go from there could you post a picture of what you say is fungus? Also how long has your tank been set up, what size is it, and what fish do you have in it.

drpound2 08-06-2011 01:49 PM

I haven't been able to test the water yet because I'm out of town. I can try to post a picture when I get back but that failed in my last thread because it doesn't show up well in pictures. My tank has been set up for about 8 months. Its 10 gallons and has 1 molly in it now. there were 3 mollies but two of them died as I said before.
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Byron 08-07-2011 12:29 PM

Molly are very highly sensitive to ammonia, and if they were the first fish in a new tank, ammonia may well have been the problem. Even if a fish "survives" the initial cycling, the ammonia or nitrite has likely damaged it internally and subsequent health problems and even death can occur.

Without a clear photo we are guessing at the white stuff; fungus in a filter is certainly not comon.


KuhliLoach 08-07-2011 06:06 PM

Why not take apart the filter and flush the stuff out. I would also highly recommend a decent sized water change to eliminate any pollutants that the water may contain. A water conditioner such as prime may be helpful in detoxifying and conditioning your tap water to make it suitable for your fish. But yes TEST THE WATER! Api sells a good freshwater test kit: Aquarium Water Testing: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit

you should be able to find it at a local pet store.

Cgold 08-07-2011 06:20 PM

Do you have hard water? I know white stuff almost look like white flakes can be calcium deposits.

drpound2 08-11-2011 03:28 PM

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When I got home the stuff that had been collecting in the filter had begun to blow out of it so this is a picture of a piece of it that sank to the gravel. Im going to clean the filter out tonight. You can see in the background the airstone at the bottom of the filter is completely surrounded in the stuff.

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