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Old 01-13-2005, 11:10 PM   #1
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white deposits on filter

I'm noticiing when I've cleaned/replaced my filter media the past few times there has been a ton of white hard deposits all over the baskets and inside walls of the canister filter. They are hard and can be scraped off with a pad , are they calcium deposits? if so how do i prevent them, i have been using tap water to fill up the tank since ive had it which i know is bad because it has high nitrates and is causing tons of rust algae, but i just ordered a ro/di unit today so it should be here in a week.
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Mineral deposits....caused by a lot of dissolved solids in your water....the RO water should do a fair bit towards preventing it.
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:17 AM   #3
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IF you look at them closely are they round and sort of currly-Q?
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yea after looking at them more closely they are curly q's, what does that mean they are ??
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Not Calc. deposites but most likey some type of tube worm.
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I had forgot to ask if they were curly....yes, they would be mini tube worm shell remnants.....they scrape-off, but not quite as easily as some mineral deposits.
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so what does this mean? is it something bad that is going to affect the fish?
Where do they come from, what can i do to get rid of them, if needed?
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I do not think they are anything to worry about.
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