Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-22-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
How to get rid of/ what are these specks in my 6 month old tank?

Hello everyone! I apologize in advance if this has been asked already; I am new and still figuring out how to navigate the forums.

I currently have 2 tanks set up (I acquired both before I was fully educated on fish keeping and have been slowly making changes) one 29 gallon currently with fancy goldfish in it (they have outgrown it and I am rehoming them tomorrow to someone with a larger tank) and a 13 gallon with 1 balloon molly and 1 female crowntail betta. Both tanks are planted and have driftwood. I don't have current water parameters but I will check them when I get back home.

A few weeks ago I noticed that my 13 gallon has a large amount of white buildup (Google search tells me this is a calcium buildup) however there are also little white lines and flakes on EVERY surface of the aquarium. They aren't moving that I can tell, but they aren't round like photos of snail eggs I have seen (I do have snails in my tank that came from a plant from a LFS). I did around an %80 water change and cleaned the glass as well as adding a dose of starter bacteria. The white flakes went away, but I noticed yesterday that they are back again. My plan for this tank is to relocate the molly and betta to the 29 gallon once the goldfish are gone, and add dwarf puffers and kuhli loaches to the 13 gallon. However I do not want to do this if the tank is not healthy or clean.

Should I remove and clean all decorations and sand, or should I just toss everything and start over since my fish have a second tank to live in for now? My fish are acting fine, but I plan on doing a deep clean on both tanks before adding or moving fish.

Thanks in advance for advice and i apologize for the long read!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	dirtytank.jpg
Views:	134
Size:	223.2 KB
ID:	303942  
__________________

__________________
loratheexplora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2017, 07:54 PM   #2
AA Member
Community Moderator
 
Delapool's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 13,199
Not fungus at all? What is the substrate and everything else in tank? I can see some crystals and white blobs?
__________________

__________________
Delapool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2017, 09:11 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Flourite sand as substrate, crystals are just decorative plastic crystals.
__________________
loratheexplora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 12:48 AM   #4
AA Member
Community Moderator
 
Delapool's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 13,199
And the white lumps?

I get some calcium scale buildup but it's basically at the water line for the first inch (I do have soft water but still seems a lot for every surface). Do you have water readings?

And it's definitely not fungus?
__________________
Delapool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 10:22 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Oh! The large white lumps are decorative crystals, like the ones people use in vases or table decor. I also have some plants that aren't shown in the photo. Ammonia is less than 0.5 as well as nitrates. I need to go buy a new test kit today but I have relocated my fish from this tank just in case. The tiny white specks I'm worried about are most apparent on the driftwood; it doesn't look like fungus (but I'm no expert). It oddly kind of reminds me of ash; it seems really light and flakey. It could be from the calcium buildup I've noticed on the filter intake as well?
__________________
loratheexplora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:04 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 685
I once lived in an area where the tap water came from a hard water lake. I experienced mineral deposit flakes on my heater and decor. It didn't bother the fish. I moved 25 miles west
where the tap came from a different lake, softer water. No more mineral deposits. The flakes could even be from your hot water heater, if you are currently mixing warm water into your WC routine. As for deep cleaning, probably not needed. A sterile tank is sometimes an unhealthy tank. If you get a chance view the pics of other member tanks. No worries.
__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 11:27 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by V227 View Post
I once lived in an area where the tap water came from a hard water lake. I experienced mineral deposit flakes on my heater and decor. It didn't bother the fish. I moved 25 miles west
where the tap came from a different lake, softer water. No more mineral deposits. The flakes could even be from your hot water heater, if you are currently mixing warm water into your WC routine. As for deep cleaning, probably not needed. A sterile tank is sometimes an unhealthy tank. If you get a chance view the pics of other member tanks. No worries.
Thank you! My fish do seem happy and healthy but I had never seen those flakes before. I do use warm water when I do water changes so that is very likely. I'll probably just do a large water change and let it run until I am able to get my new fish and full water test kit. Thanks again! (:
__________________
loratheexplora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 11:53 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Colorado
Posts: 7
I wanted to update and thank you both for your help- while doing the large water change and cleaning I discovered the source of the problem. My boyfriend had added a pvc tunnel for the future kuhli's and forgot to take the adhesive off... duh. Cleaned it up and letting the filter do its thing. Thanks again!!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0945.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	252.2 KB
ID:	304007  
__________________
loratheexplora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2017, 08:30 PM   #9
AA Member
Community Moderator
 
Delapool's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Australia
Posts: 13,199
Lol - problem solved (will have to remember that one - nobody here has any interest in the fish EXCEPT when visitors turn up).
__________________

__________________
Delapool is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tank, spec, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
safest way to treat panda corys for ich in a planted tank? Cichlid Kid Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 15 07-24-2012 04:11 AM
safest way to clean outside of tank. Jess1ca Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 03-24-2012 07:41 AM
Safest way to ship fish medic747 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 01-23-2011 07:27 PM
Safest and best way to raise PH CrystalClear Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 11 10-10-2009 10:15 PM
Best and safest way to mix water pearsont74 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 03-05-2005 01:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.