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Old 09-09-2003, 11:36 AM   #1
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Moldy filter


I hope someone can advise me about my filter. It is one that hangs on the back of the tank, & two cartridges fit in it. Sorry, I don't know the exact name of the filter. I have had it & the tank for about 7 months. About a month ago I moved the tank a short distance into my new apartment. Ever since I have been fighting green water. When I checked the filter recently, it has white mold growing on the tops of the cartridges- the part that is just out of the water flow. I washed off once, but it has come back. Can this cause problems?? Also, should I ever clean out the canister part of the filter? I think it has some propeller thingy & lately it is making a little noise- not a lot, but enough to bother me. I don't think it is normal, because it didn't used to make that noise.
Can someone please advise me?? I have only been keeping fish for 7 mo., so I am still learning.


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Old 09-10-2003, 07:00 PM   #3
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My guess is your problem is 2 fold:

You need to change those filters and clean the insides of the inside of the uptake tube and impellers. You don't want mold in your tank, and it sounds like lots of gunk has built up inside the tubes and impeller. You also don't want to mess up your biological filter too much, so my suggestion is to clean the tubing and impeller one week, change one filter the next, nd the last filter the week after. One of those long pipe cleaner thingies work well cleaning the tubes.

Your other prob is your green water, which is most likely a algae bloom. When you moved your tank, is it in a place which gets more light, especially sunlight, now? There is also probably an overabundance of nutrients; how often do you gravel vac and water change? A reduction in lighting and reduction in nutrients should help reduce that green tint to the water. It also can be removed witha diatom filter.
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