I had a UV
lamp installed about 10 days ago, and I noticed this morning it had a small leak.
I used silicone (specific for water leaks) to seal the leaks, which where occuring around the area where one of the hoses is connected. Please notice we are talking one or two drops of water every few minutes, it was minimal. Nevertheless I completely circled these area with the silicone, for peace of mind.
I let it dry and tried the lamp in the bathtub to check if the leaking was still in order: the lamp now works fine, but the outcoming water is strangely polluted with stuff that very closely resembles 'skin fragments'. Some of these transparent, hard to see things are up to 1" long, and there's lots of them. I obviously first assumed it was the silicone, but how on earth could it get into the water flow and melt to assume that form?
So, I'm asking: do UV
lamps produce some kind of layer of dirt that can subsequently pollute the water like that if the are left idle for a day or so (that's how long it took for the silicone to dry?)
I'm very worried as to use this thing again in the tank...