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DKoKoMan
01-02-2018, 07:36 PM
Hey folks,

Iím looking to identify this weird cream / brown colored stringy snot like algae which has showed up shortly after my chaeto disintegrated. The ďnasty stuffĒ is not present in my display, however is attached to my overflow pipes and in my sump area. I do biweekly WCís (reef crystals) 30g on my 150g tank and siphon out this stuff on a regular basis in clumps. Looking for any help on how to rid my tanks of this nasty stuff!!!


Salinity: 1.026
Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Alkalinity: 8.9 dKh
Calcium: 450 ppm
Nitrate: 2-5ppm
Phosphate: 0.02ppm

I currently dose 15ml NOPO-X daily to keep nitrates in check as I have a heavy bio load. I dose 2-part for Alk/Cal, run GAC and GFO in reactors. Nothing else is added to the tank.


I no longer have a refuge in after the chaeto didnít last. I donít know if it is coincidence or completely an aside but the last chaeto to melt was when the slime appeared.

Here are a couple photos of the sump and filters which are constantly plugged up with this stuff. Iím stuck every couple days cleaning out my reactor pumps which suck up this stuff... please help!


http://i67.tinypic.com/2cijupk.jpg

http://i68.tinypic.com/2vdr6nm.jpg

http://i65.tinypic.com/6s59v5.jpg

kien
01-02-2018, 09:23 PM
wow, that's some nasty crap. Sorry, I'm no help on ID here. To me it looks like fish poop mixed in with something that died or is in the processing of dying and decomposing. Gross.

DKoKoMan
01-02-2018, 10:34 PM
wow, that's some nasty crap. Sorry, I'm no help on ID here. To me it looks like fish poop mixed in with something that died or is in the processing of dying and decomposing. Gross.

Nothing has died in the tank other then my chaeto. I swear it grows though!!! I pull it out all the time with a turkey baster and it comes back. Thatís why I think itís an algae of some sort.

I literally take my prefilters to the car wash to spray this crap out as it does t rinse away.

Hopefully someone knows what it is and how do I get rid of it...

kien
01-03-2018, 01:25 AM
Nothing has died in the tank other then my chaeto. I swear it grows though!!! I pull it out all the time with a turkey baster and it comes back. Thatís why I think itís an algae of some sort.

I literally take my prefilters to the car wash to spray this crap out as it does t rinse away.

Hopefully someone knows what it is and how do I get rid of it...

That's kinda what I was alluding to. The fibrous chaeto breaking down and mixing with detritus. Algae can tend to turn clear and snotty when it breaks down. Also, I'm not saying that's what it is. I'm saying that's what it looks like :-)

DKoKoMan
01-03-2018, 02:18 AM
That's kinda what I was alluding to. The fibrous chaeto breaking down and mixing with detritus. Algae can tend to turn clear and snotty when it breaks down. Also, I'm not saying that's what it is. I'm saying that's what it looks like :-)

ok well that makes two of us thinking that! Now if I donít hear anything else how do I get rid of it haha. Iím thinking of bleaching my LR in one of my sump sections as itís sticking to it.

kien
01-03-2018, 02:21 AM
ok well that makes two of us thinking that! Now if I donít hear anything else how do I get rid of it haha. Iím thinking of bleaching my LR in one of my sump sections as itís sticking to it.

If it's alive (algae), then I have no clue. If it's dead (stuff), then probably just keep rinsing and siphoning it out until it's all (mostly) gone? :noidea:

DKoKoMan
01-03-2018, 06:33 AM
:lol: ya I thought it was just dead stuff (it might be) but seems to be so much that I thought maybe an algae... I will keep doing what I’m doing (siphoning, washing filters etc.) and hopefully it leaves.

DKoKoMan
01-04-2018, 09:58 AM
Anyone else want to take a stab at what this stuff may be?

Myka
01-04-2018, 01:42 PM
That's bacteria from the NoPoX dosing. If you switched to biopellets in a reactor with the output hose going directly into your skimmer intake then you won't get that bacteria in the sump.

DKoKoMan
01-04-2018, 05:47 PM
Hmm interesting... I ran vertex biopellets in a reactor placed in my skimmer section for months with no real effect on nitrates. I may have to reconsider plumbing in a biopellets reactor in my new build as I don’t want a slime covered sump.

Just when things were nice and stable something like this happens:lol:

DorySaid
01-04-2018, 07:03 PM
It's definitely bacteria. I seen it before in my holding tanks while setting up my current display.
I believe the actual color of that slime is originally translucent but probably with all the gunk running through, gives it a brownish tinge.

DKoKoMan
01-05-2018, 09:47 AM
It's definitely bacteria. I seen it before in my holding tanks while setting up my current display.
I believe the actual color of that slime is originally translucent but probably with all the gunk running through, gives it a brownish tinge.

Ok well thanks for confirming as I was initially thinking of an algae. Now my question is for my new tank build is it worth getting rid of NOPO-X and will biopellets be sufficient.

DorySaid
01-05-2018, 09:55 AM
Biopellets will always be sufficient. I think the key is more about dialing it in correctly without overdoing it.
That slime is probably a result of some stagnant areas in the sump. You could try a test and add a small power head around the affected areas and see if it disappears from that particular spot(s). Or even an airstone.

DKoKoMan
01-05-2018, 11:14 AM
Biopellets will always be sufficient. I think the key is more about dialing it in correctly without overdoing it.
That slime is probably a result of some stagnant areas in the sump. You could try a test and add a small power head around the affected areas and see if it disappears from that particular spot(s). Or even an airstone.

You may be right for the slower areas of the sump. I have never saw it enter in to the display at all as I have high flow. I may switch back to biopellets on the new tank build as I absolutely hate this stringy snotty stuff.

Myka
01-05-2018, 02:47 PM
I don't think messing around with the flow in the sump is going to change anything for you. With a bio pellet reactor the bacteria is contained within the reactor. since you have the output of the reactor going straight into the skimmer, the skimmer pulls out all of that bacteria that escapes.

Biopellets always work, but in my experience it is very important to have that output of the reactor going into the skimmer.

I'm more concerned though that you need to run biopellets or some kind of carbon dosing to keep the nutrients down. You should not need to use any of these options long-term if you're doing effective aquarium maintenance, you have a good quality and appropriately sized protein skimmer, and your tank is not overstocked.

DorySaid
01-05-2018, 11:14 PM
If you don't think stagnant water can contribute to the 'accumulation' of bacteria in the form of a slime substance, and don't wanna take my word for it, then put a couple of live rocks in a bucket with some water with no flow for a couple of weeks and see what happens.

DKoKoMan
01-06-2018, 09:17 AM
I don't think messing around with the flow in the sump is going to change anything for you. With a bio pellet reactor the bacteria is contained within the reactor. since you have the output of the reactor going straight into the skimmer, the skimmer pulls out all of that bacteria that escapes.

Biopellets always work, but in my experience it is very important to have that output of the reactor going into the skimmer.

I'm more concerned though that you need to run biopellets or some kind of carbon dosing to keep the nutrients down. You should not need to use any of these options long-term if you're doing effective aquarium maintenance, you have a good quality and appropriately sized protein skimmer, and your tank is not overstocked.

I agree with you Mindy on my tank being on the more heavy side of stocked. I definitely battle nutrients on a regular basis using the NOPO-X for carbon dosing has worked well to achieve 2-5ppm nitrates. I still have to use GFO in a reactor to keep my phosphate down. I am pretty dillegent with tank maintenance and do 20% biweekly WC.

I have decided to purchase a larger tank which will be done through Concept (305 gallon total). Iím hoping this will make a big difference in the high nutrient level. Until then I have backed down my carbon dosing to 12ml daily and by the sounds of it will not be getting rid of this slime for a while.

I am planning on running a biopellet reactor, looked at the AquaMaxx reactors but I may get an actual bubble magus or reef octopus biochurn to do the job. In your experience if I discontinue the carbon dosing via liquid in to the main water column and contain with a reactor will the slime eventually go away. Obviously I will siphon majority of it out. I really donít want slime in my brand new system.

Thanks :smile:

DKoKoMan
01-07-2018, 05:52 AM
The other question I had was should I be dosing bacteria like MB7? I watched some YouTube videos and saw that with biopellets people would dose bacteria in to the tank. I am wondering if that is just to start the biopellets off or for a newer system.

Myka
01-07-2018, 02:00 PM
The other question I had was should I be dosing bacteria like MB7? I watched some YouTube videos and saw that with biopellets people would dose bacteria in to the tank. I am wondering if that is just to start the biopellets off or for a newer system.That's just to jumpstart it. Not needed.

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DKoKoMan
01-07-2018, 09:31 PM
That's just to jumpstart it. Not needed.

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Ok awesome thanks! Is there a preference in type or brand of biopellets that you have had success with on client tanks or your own?

Myka
01-08-2018, 03:30 AM
Ok awesome thanks! Is there a preference in type or brand of biopellets that you have had success with on client tanks or your own?

I use the TLF NPX pellets in client tanks. I'm not sure that I've tried any other brands.

DKoKoMan
01-09-2018, 06:29 AM
I use the TLF NPX pellets in client tanks. I'm not sure that I've tried any other brands.

Ok thanks Mindy!

Myka
01-09-2018, 02:00 PM
You're welcome. :)

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tang daddy
01-09-2018, 05:27 PM
Is there bubbles in that snot? If so it could be Dinoís, the sudden rise in Po4 mixed with the possibility of higher no3 could cause the Dinoís to spread and grow even if there was none before. When I left my old tank for months without wc I noticed this...

DKoKoMan
01-09-2018, 07:36 PM
Is there bubbles in that snot? If so it could be Dinoís, the sudden rise in Po4 mixed with the possibility of higher no3 could cause the Dinoís to spread and grow even if there was none before. When I left my old tank for months without wc I noticed this...

No bubbles and definitely not Dinoís. Just nasty snotty crap that I will have to deal with until the next setup and no more NoPO-X.

CHEAPREEF
01-10-2018, 10:35 PM
No bubbles and definitely not Dinoís. Just nasty snotty crap that I will have to deal with until the next setup and no more NoPO-X.

I'm getting this same buildup in my retun pump and piping nowhere else in the tank/sump, At least it looks to be the same to me. Funny thing is I have nver carbon dosed in this tank.

https://images2.imgbox.com/80/33/6p5RfvqS_o.jpg
https://images2.imgbox.com/94/bb/hJ4mi8D2_o.jpg

DKoKoMan
01-10-2018, 11:05 PM
I'm getting this same buildup in my retun pump and piping nowhere else in the tank/sump, At least it looks to be the same to me. Funny thing is I have nver carbon dosed in this tank.

https://images2.imgbox.com/80/33/6p5RfvqS_o.jpg
https://images2.imgbox.com/94/bb/hJ4mi8D2_o.jpg

That does look similar... I without a doubt didnít have any of it until I started dosing Carbon. Thatís weird that you have something similar with no carbon dosing.

Myka
01-11-2018, 02:22 PM
Some tanks have a high bacteria load. I haven't figured out why. A couple of my clients' tanks are like that. They've never had bacteria dosed, and never had carbon dosed, yet the filter pads feel slimy when you touch them, and so do the sump walls.

DKoKoMan
01-12-2018, 12:25 AM
That’s interesting! I wonder why that is... such a pain in the but to clean out of filters. I’m thinking my new sump won’t have any filters. Maybe just a filter sock as they are easier to manage.

CHEAPREEF
01-12-2018, 12:34 AM
I'm currently not running any filters or filter socks unless I scrub the stuff down then I put then in for the night to catch it all and take them out the next day. I'm running no WC's with ATI Essentials, everything tests out perfectly. All the corals the display looks great, colors and growth better than they ever have. Just this darn slime build up that needs to be cleaned out every 2-3 weeks.

DKoKoMan
01-13-2018, 07:00 PM
Ugh... I feel ya. This stuff is the worst to clean as it doesn’t siphon out well and sticks to absolutely everything.

CHEAPREEF
02-02-2018, 04:26 PM
Ugh... I feel ya. This stuff is the worst to clean as it doesnít siphon out well and sticks to absolutely everything.

You ever figure out what it is? Thought I had it beat a few weeks ago but after 7 days of nothing in the sump the 8th day was worse than I had seen it before. :/

DKoKoMan
02-02-2018, 04:57 PM
From everything thing I have read and Mykaís reply, I believe it is a bacteria based slime. Unfortunately my 150g has a heavy bioload, so it makes it difficult to control nitrates even with biweekly 15% WC. I read a lot written by Randy Holmes-Farley on the topic of carbon dosing and bacteria populations. Yesterday I decided to swap out my NOPO-X bottle and use only vinegar as a carbon method. Iím hoping the combination of carbon sources found within the NOPOX product was contributing to the slime. Fingers tossed that the vinegar wonít continue to boost the slime and it will supply energy to a different bacteria.

I am going to try and take another kick at chaeto in my sump. Iím scared the slime will kill it off though. My wife wants me to fix the slime issue so it doesnít present in the brand new system. Obviously I want nothing more then to rid the slime as well. :neutral:

CHEAPREEF
02-02-2018, 06:08 PM
From everything thing I have read and Mykaís reply, I believe it is a bacteria based slime. Unfortunately my 150g has a heavy bioload, so it makes it difficult to control nitrates even with biweekly 15% WC. I read a lot written by Randy Holmes-Farley on the topic of carbon dosing and bacteria populations. Yesterday I decided to swap out my NOPO-X bottle and use only vinegar as a carbon method. Iím hoping the combination of carbon sources found within the NOPOX product was contributing to the slime. Fingers tossed that the vinegar wonít continue to boost the slime and it will supply energy to a different bacteria.

I am going to try and take another kick at chaeto in my sump. Iím scared the slime will kill it off though. My wife wants me to fix the slime issue so it doesnít present in the brand new system. Obviously I want nothing more then to rid the slime as well. :neutral:

Oh right forgot you dose carbon.
About 4 days ago I did complete tare down of the sump and all plumbing, did a really good scrubbing and a 25% WC. I stopped dosing any AA's or Bacteria additive and went with straight DIY 2 part dosing instead of the ATI Essentials. Also go thte wife to stop using sented candles and any spray cleaner we currently use for the next 10 days or so.I have read air contaminants can cause this as well. Specifically cleaners that contain alcohol, there is a article that uses Dr. Tim's waste away to rid there tank of the slime only after finding the source was a cleaning product used by the tank.
I should know in 3-4 days if any of that helps or cures the issue. I'll post back and let you know if I make any headway, this stuff really sucks to clean every week.

DKoKoMan
02-02-2018, 06:32 PM
Oh right forgot you dose carbon.
About 4 days ago I did complete tare down of the sump and all plumbing, did a really good scrubbing and a 25% WC. I stopped dosing any AA's or Bacteria additive and went with straight DIY 2 part dosing instead of the ATI Essentials. Also go thte wife to stop using sented candles and any spray cleaner we currently use for the next 10 days or so.I have read air contaminants can cause this as well. Specifically cleaners that contain alcohol, there is a article that uses Dr. Tim's waste away to rid there tank of the slime only after finding the source was a cleaning product used by the tank.
I should know in 3-4 days if any of that helps or cures the issue. I'll post back and let you know if I make any headway, this stuff really sucks to clean every week.

Yes please let me know! I want to rid myself of this goo.

Myka
02-03-2018, 07:03 PM
I don't think the switch to vinegar will help. I've used vinegar in client tanks, and it makes bacteria slime too. You might get lucky though, so I hope it works for you! Otherwise, consider biopellets and run the output right into your skimmer, and you won't get goo.

DKoKoMan
02-03-2018, 07:52 PM
Well I was fortunate to snag a ball of chaeto (very hard to find in Edmonton now). I decided to completely take my carbon dosing offline to rid the slime. I’m hop No I can still manage my nitrate levels with the chaeto. I left my GFO running in a reactor for the time being as I believe the chaeto doesn’t absorb this at the same rate. My plan is to monitor my nitrates and hopefully they don’t shoot back up. I will play with this idea for a little bit until I get the new system up. If I’m unsuccessful in nitrate control, I will have to put the carbon dosing back online and will try strictly vinegar as nopox without a doubt contributes to heavy slime.

At least I will know if this will be sufficient otherwise I will go the biopellet route with the outlet from the reactor going directly in to my Skimmer intake. I can’t tell you what a PITA this stuff truly is. I will monitor the tank and rest nitrates / phosphates (I will try for every 3 days). Hopefully I see a reduction in the slime.

Myka
02-03-2018, 08:25 PM
If you make yourself a DIY Pax Bellum style Chaeto reactor it will grow Chaeto like nobody's business. Powerful nutrient reduction.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg8k3BO5NwUr7oEGRSvIq-LL-5TsV-YuNK-aySJtQ8F-fU5PSp

DKoKoMan
02-03-2018, 09:43 PM
If you make yourself a DIY Pax Bellum style Chaeto reactor it will grow Chaeto like nobody's business. Powerful nutrient reduction.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg8k3BO5NwUr7oEGRSvIq-LL-5TsV-YuNK-aySJtQ8F-fU5PSp

Thanks for bringing this up Mindy! I have saw many of these reactor setups for sale online in packages and DIY projects. My thought was it would be good to have the chaeto contained (preventing from getting in filters and taking up less room in the sump). I guess my question is will the chaeto just grow until it hits the capacity of the container? Is it better to keep it contained for more direct light?

I went downstairs this morning after my night shift. My chaeto ball was tumbling away in the first chamber of my sump. Upon looking closer I saw that some of the stragglers made it over the baffle and in to my prefilter. Not a huge deal, that being said is this going to thin the chaeto to non existence over the next while. I want this little ball to replace my need (or provide a good complement) to carbon dosing so I donít have to worry about chaeto. Also in my new system I want to learn from my mistakes in this 150g and not have to change total methods.

Let me know your thoughts Mindy as you have a lot more experience and exposure to different chaeto setups. I have no issues doing a DIY reactor for the chaeto of this will be effective.

CHEAPREEF
02-03-2018, 11:09 PM
If you make yourself a DIY Pax Bellum style Chaeto reactor it will grow Chaeto like nobody's business. Powerful nutrient reduction.

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg8k3BO5NwUr7oEGRSvIq-LL-5TsV-YuNK-aySJtQ8F-fU5PSp

Would def watch out running one of these, the LED's wrapped around acrylic have been known to cause stress cracks and eventually fractures. The don't generate a lot of heat but when it's pressed directly onto the surface like that it is focused enough to be a issue.

Myka
02-04-2018, 05:00 AM
Would def watch out running one of these, the LED's wrapped around acrylic have been known to cause stress cracks and eventually fractures. The don't generate a lot of heat but when it's pressed directly onto the surface like that it is focused enough to be a issue.

Interesting...haven't had any troubles with that using different reactors and lights.

DKoKoMan
02-04-2018, 12:22 PM
Hmm... is this maybe a one off or a consistent pattern with age. I see many online vendors using the AquaMaxx reactor with the led strips wrapping it. The Pax Bellum is way out of budget for me on an algae reactor. I have been considering one of these algae reactors but value what other have to say.

CHEAPREEF
02-13-2018, 03:57 PM
So it's been 2 weeks and no return of the white slime or the buildup in the pipes. I can't be 100% what it was yet but I am leaning towards a build up of VOC's in the water.
I am going to start adding stuff I stopped doing slowly every 4-5 days see if anything triggers a return, other than the AA's and Bacteria I no longer feel the need to dose those as the tank has been perfectly fine without either.

DKoKoMan
02-14-2018, 04:02 AM
Well that’s great! I stopped with the NOPOX and the slime faded. Unfortunately with only chaeto my nutrients were climbing out of range. I started dosing straight vinegar as my carbon source at 15ml. I will monitor and see if the slime returns with solely vinegar.

Myka
02-15-2018, 01:39 PM
Would def watch out running one of these, the LED's wrapped around acrylic have been known to cause stress cracks and eventually fractures. The don't generate a lot of heat but when it's pressed directly onto the surface like that it is focused enough to be a issue.I was just thinking...are those cases from people using bare LED strips? I use the "waterproof" ones that have a silicone covering so the silicone is what touches the acrylic, not the LED itself.

Myka
02-15-2018, 01:42 PM
So it's been 2 weeks and no return of the white slime or the buildup in the pipes. I can't be 100% what it was yet but I am leaning towards a build up of VOC's in the water.
I am going to start adding stuff I stopped doing slowly every 4-5 days see if anything triggers a return, other than the AA's and Bacteria I no longer feel the need to dose those as the tank has been perfectly fine without either.VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds? I think you mean something else?

I still vote that the slime was excess bacteria from liquid carbon dosing. :D

Good luck with resuming dosing.

CHEAPREEF
02-15-2018, 04:46 PM
VOCs? Volatile Organic Compounds? I think you mean something else?

I still vote that the slime was excess bacteria from liquid carbon dosing. :D

Good luck with resuming dosing.

No I mean VOC's.

http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-white-slime-menace.86535/

DKoKoMan
02-15-2018, 05:25 PM
I was just thinking...are those cases from people using bare LED strips? I use the "waterproof" ones that have a silicone covering so the silicone is what touches the acrylic, not the LED itself.

I have been looking in to this a bunch. Many vendors are still selling the reactor packages with the led lights wrapped around. Iím wondering if this happens over time as the acrylic gets older, constantly being heat up and cooled. Iím not sure, the reactors used most often are the AquaMaxx though.

CHEAPREEF
02-15-2018, 05:36 PM
I have been looking in to this a bunch. Many vendors are still selling the reactor packages with the led lights wrapped around. Iím wondering if this happens over time as the acrylic gets older, constantly being heat up and cooled. Iím not sure, the reactors used most often are the AquaMaxx though.

Yes that is exactly what it is heat/stress over time. And you'll see it on the AquaMaxx, TLF and the like reactors first as they would most likely be using extruded acrylic where the higher end will use Cast. Both will eventually stress crack from the heat/cooling stress.

Most actual Algae reactors coming out now are the center lite versions with a heatsink running LEDS ran inside a center tube. No heat issues as the heatsink removes that issue. I was planning on doing a DIY version of one of these since it would be super easy, but I have no need for any nutrient export. I actually dose nirtates to keep them detectable.

https://reefbuilders.com/2015/11/12/pax-bellum-arid-filter-review-intense-grow-chaetomorpha/

DKoKoMan
02-16-2018, 10:58 AM
Those setups are so sweet with the internal light tube but so pricey. I have a ball of chaeto in my sump right now but haven’t saw any growth out of it really. How long does chaeto normal take to see noticeable growth with nitrate and phosphates present?

I’m jealous that you need to dose nitrates. I’m hoping with the upgrade in tank that my bioload is reduced a bit that it lowers in the water volume. Otherwise I will have to stick to the chaeto and vinegar dosing.

Myka
02-16-2018, 01:30 PM
No I mean VOC's.

http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-white-slime-menace.86535/

Ohhhh, you've been using air fresheners or something? Why do you think there are actually VOC's in your tank?

Wait, who's the OP in this thread? I'm confused.

Myka
02-16-2018, 01:31 PM
I have been looking in to this a bunch. Many vendors are still selling the reactor packages with the led lights wrapped around. Iím wondering if this happens over time as the acrylic gets older, constantly being heat up and cooled. Iím not sure, the reactors used most often are the AquaMaxx though.

Well that issue can certainly be worked around. I haven't seen it become an issue though. I'll keep an eye out for it.

CHEAPREEF
02-16-2018, 03:50 PM
Those setups are so sweet with the internal light tube but so pricey. I have a ball of chaeto in my sump right now but havenít saw any growth out of it really. How long does chaeto normal take to see noticeable growth with nitrate and phosphates present?

Iím jealous that you need to dose nitrates. Iím hoping with the upgrade in tank that my bioload is reduced a bit that it lowers in the water volume. Otherwise I will have to stick to the chaeto and vinegar dosing.

I'm not sure on the chaeto growth, I had some in my sump when I started and it started falling apart and died on me. I can't seem to grow it at all. I only run a skimmer, real live rock and Brightwell Xport brick in the sump. I don't carbon dose or anything like that. I dose nirtates to keep them detectable and Iron once a week.

CHEAPREEF
02-16-2018, 08:40 PM
Ohhhh, you've been using air fresheners or something? Why do you think there are actually VOC's in your tank?

Wait, who's the OP in this thread? I'm confused.

No I have not but my wife likes to use sented candles which also contain VOC's, I had her stop for the last few weeks. You can also get a build up from any kind of spray cleaner etc, lots of different stuff has it if.

And YOu obviously know who the OP is, I was offering my experinces on this since it's the same or very similar. DkoKoMan seemed to welcome my findings, I can stop posting in the thread if it's bothersome NP. ;)

Myka
02-17-2018, 09:40 PM
And YOu obviously know who the OP is, I was offering my experinces on this since it's the same or very similar. DkoKoMan seemed to welcome my findings, I can stop posting in the thread if it's bothersome NP. ;)

I realized after I posted that you weren't the OP. I edited that part in. :lol:

DKoKoMan
02-17-2018, 11:29 PM
I welcome all feedback :smile: It’s interesting how slime shows up in some tanks and not in others. Update... chaeto is still alive (slow growing as I haven’t noticed it any larger) and dosing 18ml vinegar. The slime has all retreated, the filters in between the baffles are not plugged and nitrates are still a little high. I’m going to continue to see if the slime returns with the sole use of vinegar as my carbon source.

CHEAPREEF
02-18-2018, 05:23 PM
I welcome all feedback :smile: Itís interesting how slime shows up in some tanks and not in others. Update... chaeto is still alive (slow growing as I havenít noticed it any larger) and dosing 18ml vinegar. The slime has all retreated, the filters in between the baffles are not plugged and nitrates are still a little high. Iím going to continue to see if the slime returns with the sole use of vinegar as my carbon source.

Do you think the vinegar is helping with it or the Chaeto?

I was away for the day yesterday and last night checked on my tank. White slime back with a vengeance, I hate this stuff. :/

DKoKoMan
02-19-2018, 11:02 PM
Definitely not the chaeto lol. When the slime was around it would just get stuck in the chaeto ball and kill it. The vinegar seems to be working well, it is a lot slower in reduction then the vodka though. Was do No some reading and ethanol is 8 times more of a carbon source then vinegar. My thought is I will stay slow and steady adjusting my vinegar dose each week.

Serpantkeeper
02-20-2018, 05:08 AM
Are you still running a NO reactor or just straight vinegar? Think running both would be bennificial?

DKoKoMan
02-20-2018, 05:13 AM
Are you still running a NO reactor or just straight vinegar? Think running both would be bennificial?

Dosing the vinegar once daily. Also have a chaeto ball in my sump (not seeing anything superficial from it) and running GFO. Will keep this thread updated on a weekly basis for observations and parameters.