Canister Filter White Flakes? Question
Hi all, I'm new to the forum and fairly new to the hobby at around 10 months.
I'm setting up a new 55 gallon tank and planning to turn it into an african cichlid tank. I have set up the tank with sand and bought some rocks from a local landscaping place for 25 cent a pound. Got an Odyssea CFS500 canister filter new for cheap off ebay after doing a little research on it and hooked it up. Now its been running strong with no problems for about 4 days now, with no fish, not cycled yet, and just rocks and sand in it. When i woke up this morning there were paper thin white flakes floating in the tank and occasionally shooting out the output of the filter. when i messed with the waterflow more and more came out. The flakes range in size from pin-dot small to the size of a hearty piece of fish food flake. The hoses were too short to reach the tank from my cabinet so i bought food and beverage grade braided flexible tubing recommended by the petstore at lowes. besides that its hooked up normal and seems to be working great until now.
I was wondering if this is common? Is there anything i can do to stop this from happening? any tips would help. sorry for the length but i know from other forums to always include as much facts as possible.
Thanks everyone, Steve