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Advice column all about aquariums by J. Hotelling

Subject: White particles floating in tank

Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 17:44:26 -0500 (CDT)

I recently set up a 29 gal tank, currently have 3 goldfish and a sucker

fish to "Cycle" the tank. I also have over the top filter system. While

changing the filter, my brother knocked the contents into the tank. Now

I have a white particle type coating on everything, rock, ornaments and

plastic plants. What could this be and what do I need to do about it?


Dear Sir/Madam:

While I do not know the specifics of what you had contained within your

filtration system, I can only guess as to what the “white particles” are. I

don’t think you have anything to worry about. I would recommend: 1) Take

your ornaments and rocks out and clean them off in hot water (no detergent

or soap.) 2) Get your filtration operating at peak performance and your

tank will look “normal” again soon. Once your cycle is complete, you may

consider adding more fish to it.

Goldfish are particularly “dirty” so the addition of more fish must be

monitored carefully. As always read, read, read (find books here)… and enjoy the hobby.



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