Numerous Dust Like Particles In Water

Nwbearcat1998

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I recently added a eheim 2217 filter to my 75 gallon tank and now I am noticing a lot of dust like particles in the water. See below for pictures.

Is this some sort of algae outbreak that is being circulated by my canister filter??

I also have a emperor 400 in the tank that I plan to remove in the next two months and just use the eheim 2217 as the only filter.

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Nwbearcat1998

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Yes, I used a strainer. Maybe not enough rinsing??? Filter has been running for two weeks.
 
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I do a 25 PWC every week.

Last Wednesday was the last time
 
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Maybe try a 50% now and see if that helps?

Next time you clean your filters, add some polyfill and micron felt in to help filter out the small particles.
 

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Since you said added I assume more than one filter. If it's in a new position it could be reaching dead spots the other filter wasn't and kicking up debris. I will also assume that everything else has remained the same e.g. same amount of feeding and lighting.

Possibilities:
  • Bacterial bloom (cycling bio-media in the new filter? not sure)
  • Algae bloom (will typically be a color)
  • Substrate disturbed (new filter water outflow in a different direction?)
  • Something I found while researching that is very common in refrigerator filters, when getting a water filter for the fridge whether it's new or being replaced it usually dispenses cloudy water at first due to the air that is escaping.
Will probably be gone after a week.
 
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Nwbearcat1998

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I'm guessing substrate disturbance too due to having a canister filter with a spray bar instead or just a hob.

I'll pick up some pollyfill at Walmart today and put at top of canister and see what happens

I just realized that my hob intake has dropped closer to the sand substrate. With my water change tonight I'm going to shorten the intake on the emperor 400 and replace the carbon in the canister with pollyfill to hopefully resolve.

Can I just stuff pollyfill inside the canister or does it need to be contained in something else like a media bag??
 
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I did a 50pwc last night and added pollyfill to my emperor 400 on one side and shortened the intake tube on the emperor 400.

No change as of yet, still lots of fine particles and a dusty film appearing on top of the water.

Anyone else have any thoughts on what it might be???
 
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Seems to be the same. Water isn't cloudy just the things floating in it. I think it's dander or dust. We live off a gravel road.
 

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Do you have a power head ?? If so get 2 water bottles and cut them in half in the bottom half of one bottle drill or cut some holes big enuff for a lot of water but not your smallest fish (lost a few danios) doin this. Then fill the top half with filter floss then place the bottom half back on the bottle like an over lap and stick the intake of the power head in the mouth part of the water bottle and let that run for a few hours it ll polish your water for you. Aim the return down at the substrate it ll create a circulation that ll push waste n particles toward other filter intake and eventually back toward power head. And then for the film on top invert power head use the second water bottle to in same manner except when you cut the bottle in half throw away the bottom and cut a comb like section of rectangular cuts about and inch long and a few millimetres wide in the bottle fill it with filterfloss and place the power head intake in the mouth portion ofbottle again and position the Bottle so that the cuts sit about the water surface but that water can get into the bottle thru them. This will act as a diy surface skimmer and remove the film for you.
 
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