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Old 10-03-2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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mucous-like material in filter line and water

I'm very new to salt water. I have a 30 gal tank with a few damsels which has not yet cycled. I performed a partial water change yesterday, vaccuumed the gravel and replaced / rinsed the filter media in the canister filter as per the instructions.

Today I notice thin sheets of white, mucous like material in the water. When in the water it looks almost like thin sheets of silk, but when removed it's more mucous-like. There was a looooong sheet of it in the line running from the canister back to the tank, which dislodged when I pinched the line.

Ideas and suggestions would be very much appreciated. I scanned the headings of previously posted messages and didn't see any similar looking questions. If this has been answered, I apologize for the repeat and would appreciate being pointed to the correct thread.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-03-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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I've attached a photo of the situation (hopefully this works...)

Thanks again in advance

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Old 10-03-2004, 09:42 PM   #3
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Also, the same white slime seems to be growing on the tank walls... is this just algae? Or maybe some kind of mold? I'm so inexperienced that I dont know what to think of this...
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Old 10-03-2004, 09:54 PM   #4
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I've got the same thing. For me its covering the LR like a blanket or spiderweb. Its creating a skin on the LS and in places with high current like on powerheads it makes long strings. I have no clue what it is though.
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Old 10-12-2004, 07:32 PM   #5
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Add another person with this same problem (if it is a problem)...maybe it will just go away with time.

I actually have a newly setup FW planted tank. I first noticed it around the rubber suction cup of my thermometer. I cleaned it off but it came back again. This thermometer has been removed as of today. Now I notice that the same slimy mucous like stuff is accumulating on my CO2 bubble ladder.

Currently I don't have any fish in this tank. Wish I could show some picture but no digital camera (although my white stuff looks similar to copi's, just seems to be more of it in small concentrated areas of the tank).

I guess it's not really hurting anything, just kind of unsightly.
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Old 10-14-2004, 12:04 PM   #6
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I have a fluval in which I run GAC. Whenever I replace the GAC, I have to shut down the fluval.

When I re-start it, it pukes out tons of the same looking white stuff. The initial pulse of the pump must dislodge it from inside the tubing. I don't know what it is, but it doesn't seem to cause any harm.

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