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Old 05-16-2004, 11:48 PM   #1
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Sand or salt?

Hey gang,

I have had this white film slowly collecting since I filled it with water. could it be sand? or is it salt. If it is salt, is it normal, or does this mean my salinity is to high. My Marine Labs Hydrometer is reading a SG of 1.024. could it be broken?

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Old 05-17-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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I'm callin it "stuff growing"
I don't think it's either...
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:34 AM   #3
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well I dont have anything in there yet. just agrogate sand and tap water with water conditioner. ( water will be replaced with RO when live rocks come.)

any ideas?
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Old 05-17-2004, 12:39 AM   #4
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southdown sand or any fine aragonite sand will leave this silt everywhere when put in dry. Harmless I think. Does it wipe off easily?

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Old 05-17-2004, 12:48 AM   #5
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I just cleaned and I dont think its either sand or salt anymore . It comes off the glass with a sponge but the plastic is another story. It "flakes" off. Probibly something in the water. calcium or something. (ew.) hopefully it goes away with pure water.

anyone else got an idea? I never had this problem before.
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Old 05-17-2004, 05:58 AM   #6
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I think it's the sand settling out. After the tank cycles you should not have that problem any more
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Old 05-17-2004, 09:48 PM   #7
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I did some cleaning today with a razor, toothbrush, and sponge and here is what I got: Little flakes of white stuff.

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I think it is the silt from the sand. IMO nothing to worry about very normal when you add sand.
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alright brnfrb. Ill take your word for it. I never had sand in a tank before so this is new to me. thanks!
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i have found that the fine sand likes to stick to all the algae in the tank. i am changing the cc over to sand so i have found the places that i have missed in my cleaning.
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