great sites melosu,
i think i found out what is causing the dark green color all over my tank. i decided to take a turkey baster and see if i could blow it off, and to my surprise it blew right off the green hair algae with no difficulty at all. some stayed but i dont think i am dealing with alage at all. after confirming its not alage i started lookin for a source. i started looking around my tank and asked my room mate what else he did while i was gone. he said he put some carbon in my tank to help out..i was flabbergasted and knew right away what this stuff was. i rushed over to the house and started looking around and i found a pouch of carbon IN my tank stuck between the rocks buried in the center. this pouch leaching out this black soot as i touched it. i went to take it out and it looked like a mushroom cloud of coal dust exploding in my tank. it was not even tied up, this i found out as little pieces fell to the bottom of my aquarium.
i tried to gather most of the carbon up but cant get all of it due to the size and difficulty to grasp it between all my LR
Will this carbon hurt my tank and how do i remove all this stuff?
will this soot be removed with my protein skimmer or should i get a small HOB
to place in there for a little while?
and what happens to Carbon if left in Aquarium to long? i know its used to suck up but will it expel after awhile?