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#1 Deano

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Posted 07 December 2003 - 11:19 PM

Over the last few days i have noticed that there is thousands of white particles in my aquarium water. It kinda looks like tiny white dust particles.

Any ideas as to what this could be?????

#2 CraZ4fiSHieS

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:04 AM

kind of a dumb question, but it isnt air bubbles is it? if you over airate your tank it can cause it to look cloudy with billions of tiny white air bubbles. (this happened to my tank). thats my only guess. i dunno about anything else. sorry! :dunno: :thumbs:

#3 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:15 AM

I was told that a few days ago so i tried leaving the air stone off 4 a day but the water was still the same

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:17 AM

Hmmm, never heard this one. If you do a water change does it look better and how long does it take to come back? Is it on any decorations or plants?

#5 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:22 AM

Didnt look any better after a water change. Doesnt seem to settle on nethin...just seems to float around in the water. Maybe it is just air bubbles??

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:31 AM

Do you have anything else running other than ytour airstone? If not, then when you turned off the airstone, the bubbles would be gone in a couple seconds.

I at first thought it was airbubbles but you had already replied it wasn't.

#7 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:37 AM

Nothing else is running apart from the airstone. Its kinda making the water look cloudy

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:47 AM

Are you speaking of a bacteria bloom?

Do you have a filter? You need a filter that has biological and mechanical filtration.

#9 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 01:43 AM

dont think its that. Have got a filter and all the neccessaries

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 03:02 AM

There is a possiblity it may be ich. My tank is recovering at the moment. Not only was there little white bubbly looking things on the fish, but also floating in the water. At first I thought they were tiny bubbles, but the fish were covered with it.
Inspect your fish very closely. What do you see?

#11 Mogo

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 03:33 AM

Could just be an accumulation of small particles of uneaten food, decomposing organic matter...etc that are too small to be trapped by your regular filter media. You could try getting one of those micro filter insert pads and see if that helps. If this helps, it may just mean that you might need more water circulation in your tank. Adding a small powerhead will help things stay suspended longer and get sucked up by your filter and not settle on the tank floor.

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 04:43 AM

Don't know if this link will help at all http://fish.orbust.n...024&hl=millions

#13 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 11:24 AM

I dont think its the same as what the person described on the link as my fish have not got anything on them and they seem just as happy as usual so i dont think the white particles are affecting them.

I think i might take a water sample to my lfs and see what they say.

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 12:55 PM

silly question...do you have any plecs in there, do you feed them on sinking algae tablets....

I came home one day to find lots of white specks covining all my bog wood and floating in the water..i hastily did a water change but couldn't seem to shift them...after a day or so they vanished...so i thouhgt nothing of it

then a few days later I added another tablet to the aquarium for my plec, but it started to disolve into lots of tiny particles and once again my bogwood was covered...this was the source of my problem and it was all getting eaten up by my plec and others....could this be your problem?

#15 Deano

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Posted 08 December 2003 - 08:14 PM

Thats a thought i have got a plec and i do feed him catfish pellets so that could be the problem.

#16 Deano

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 01:11 AM

The white particles are still there, dont think its excess pellet particles.

Im totally confused as to what it could be. My neighbour has been keeping tropical fish 4 years and he has neva seen it before

#17 Mogo

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 02:18 AM

If it doesn't seem to bothering your fish, I really think it may be just really fine particulate matter. I've seen it before, more often in tanks with larger fish that dig. If you know someone with a diatom filter, you could ask to borrow it and run it for a couple hours on your tank and that should take care of the problem. Otherwise, you could try one of those micro filter inserts as I mentioned. It's not as good as a diatom, but should make a serious dent in the amount of floating particles in a 12 gallon.

Is your tank lid tight fitting? Could be dust and other household debris entering the tank and adding to the problem.

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 11:55 AM

Out of curiosity would you describe the white particals to look something like dandruff in the water also has it stuck to the airline tube at all like chalk?

Edited by goldene, 09 December 2003 - 11:56 AM.


#19 Deano

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 11:36 PM

Yeah i would say it looks like dandruff but i havent noticed it sticking to anything

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Posted 09 December 2003 - 11:57 PM

I have a new tank set up 6 weeks now, and it keeps coming then it will clear then it comes back again and the water goes kind of milky then clears, the filter does not seem to filter the bits though and it bugs me, do you have sand by any chance because when I had gravel in my other tank I never had the white dandruff problem?




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