I have been doing weekly water changes in my tank since beginning of January. I have been using RO
water and mixing my salt in a NEW 7 Gallon Water Jug (designed for water storage). The last 3 times I have done a water change...as I am pouring out the last 1/4 of the Jug...I am having some rather large "Flakes" coming out and going into the tank.
These flakes are scaring me...and I am afraid they may be some kind of salt flake...that could damage my corals or inverts if the land on them. They do seem to dissolve after a while when I get some in tank.
Does this happen to anyone else?? What are these flakes?? Could they be dangerous?
These are the steps I used to mix my water:
Water (20 gallon in a trash can covered, with a TDS
2. Instant Ocean Salt (I used 3 & 3/4 Cups in 7 Gallons to get a SG
3. Mix salt and water in 7 gallon jug for 24-48hrs
4. Have heater in jug to maintain water at 78F
5. Use Airstone in jug to assist in mixing and water flow.
The Jug is colored plastic, and I can't fit powerhead through the top of the jug (hence the use of the airstone). I have rinsed the jug on with RO
water throughly and even let it sit with RO
for a week before rinsing it out. The flakes returned!
Thanks for any help in determining the next steps I should take! I am thinking about getting an open top Rubber Maid BRUTE container. Will be more difficult to carry up the stairs though!
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)