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Snot like substance in filter.

Post by Fishypastor on Sun May 03, 2015 10:56 pm

So all my planted tanks seem to be getting a clear goop in the filter pads and stuff. Really slows down filters and feels pretty oily. Normal? A sign of something? Tanks seem healthy otherwise.
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by CAAIndie on Mon May 04, 2015 12:28 am

What's the routine on filter cleaning? How long have you noticed it? It's not something I have personally seen, hopefully someone will have an answer for you.

My first thought might be bacteria or some sort of algae. Are there lots of snails in the tank? Snail eggs?

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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by GaryE on Mon May 04, 2015 4:07 am

Snail eggs or biofilm? For the first, good luck, for the second, up the water changes a bit. I can't think of what else it would be, unless it's food related. What do you feed them?
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by Fishypastor on Mon May 04, 2015 7:37 am

Thanks for chiming in. Water changes. 10-20% about once every 10 days. Filter cleaning is randomn... rinsing media in tap water. Staggered cleaning of different types of media.
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by Fishypastor on Mon May 04, 2015 7:53 am

Food. Simple flakes... blood worms about 2 times a month.
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by fish lady on Mon May 04, 2015 7:57 am

How long has the tank been running. ....if you are on city water plz don't clean Mafia in it use the removed tank water
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by GaryE on Mon May 04, 2015 9:06 am

When I have overfed, I have sometimes had slime bombs on uneaten food.Usually , it has a pale version of the food's colour though.
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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by guppyguy on Wed May 06, 2015 10:24 am

Bio film or uneaten food most likely I have to say.

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Re: Snot like substance in filter.

Post by Fishypastor on Thu May 07, 2015 10:10 am

Thanks for the posts... I am going to get a picture of it next time I clean. I don't think its uneaten food as I feed once a day a very small amount in these tanks.
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