How do I make these particles go away

  1. Yisel Perez Member Member

    Any idea how to get rid of these? I don't know what's causing this. Im running two filters in a 29 gallon both which were running on smaller tanks as added filtration. I didn't have this problem in the small tanks with same filter.
    The same thing is going on in my 40 gallon tank. All are aquaclear filters.
  2. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Are you using the same substrate in the big tank as in the smaller ones?

    Do any of the particles move on their own?
  3. Yisel Perez Member Member

    I'm not using any substrate at all in this tank, as it's going to be a barebottom. however the other tank with same issue has black diamond sandblasting media.

    how would i determine if they move on their own.
  4. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Stare at them very closely and don't blink!
  5. Yisel Perez Member Member

    Aquaphobia actually my tap water might be the culprit. thats the only thing they have in common. i was purchasing water for the smaller tanks but thats difficult for a 29 and 40 gallon tank.
  6. AlyeskaGirl Fishlore VIP Member

    Get filter floss or filter wool and put in filter. Should help catch those particles. Or get a micro filter pad.

    That is my idea.
  7. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    That's probably it then. I would do as AlyeskaGirl suggested and add a finer media to your filter.
  8. scottishduck Member Member

    If I remember correctly (I'm on my phone and can't check right now) you're from San Diego. I am too, and I also see similar things in my tank on occasion, usually after water changes.

    EDIT: it occurs to me that I think mine are air bubbles.
  9. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Maybe it's flocculation, we used to get that coming through the pipes from time to time. It's not harmful, it's just what the company adds at their end to improve clarity of the water by causing the stuff in the water to clump up and (hopefully) fall out before it gets in the pipes.
  10. Yisel Perez Member Member

    scottishduck Aquaphobia yes I'm from SD. Everyone in the 40 tank is happy and it doesn't go away even with 2 filters. I just thought it was because of the sand blasting media. But then when I set up the bare bottom yesterday, same thing.
  11. slayer5590 Well Known Member Member

    Are you sure those aren't air bubbles on the glass?
  12. Yisel Perez Member Member

    i feel like an idiot. i think they are bubbles.
  13. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    LOL! They do look like white somethings on the glass;)
  14. Yisel Perez Member Member

    Aquaphobia i thought you were kidding when you said stare very closely and dont i decided to watch very closely and just follow one little "bubble" and watch it make all its way to the top and dissapear...... it took some time, i lost some along the way
  15. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Ha! That's awesome;D I was thinking you might see one make its way across the glass in little "jumps" which would identify it as a copepod, or else turn and move very slowly which would show it was a freshwater limpet. I never expected bubbles!
  16. codyrex97 Well Known Member Member

    If they're white things on the glass they could be detritus worms or something. I get those on glass and floating in water.
  17. Yisel Perez Member Member

    slayer5590 to the rescue. the picture makes it look that way.