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April 17, 2008 at 1:35 am #1416SeanMember
This question is not necessarily for Pete, but anyone who might a little insight:
I have pre-mixed approximately 35 gallons of salt water and have it stored in a CLEAN Rubbermaid trash can with a lid. Inside is a heater and a powerhead with a length of tubing attached to keep the water circulation at all times and the tubing also allows me to go directly into the tank without having to move buckets around. I keep a lid on it 100% of the time so that it can\’t get contaminated, but I noticed today that there was a fine film of slime on the tubing. Can this be eliminated and has it ruined the water???
SeanApril 17, 2008 at 11:53 pm #4139Pete GiwojnaGuest
Hey, I like your method for mixing and storing saltwater in quantity very much! That’s a good way to go about it and I do much the same thing myself. It facilitates water changes and it’s always nice to have a supply of premixed saltwater ready and waiting in case it’s needed for any reason.
That fine film of slime that you have noticed on the tubing attached to your power head in your Rubbermaid mixing vat is normal and nothing to be concerned about. It’s a harmless biofilm that always builds up on certain surfaces under such circumstances. You’ll see it all the time on your equipment and tubing in sumps, for example. It’s composed largely of beneficial aerobic bacteria, so it does no harm at all, and does not ruin your newly mixed saltwater or cause any contamination or anything of that nature. It’s natural and, if anything, it may actually help to age and condition the newly mixed saltwater. So you don’t need to eliminate it or worry about it. Just ignore it and continue to prepare and store your premixed saltwater in the Rubbermaid trash can as you have been doing. That’s a very sensible arrangement and you don’t need to change a thing — you’ve worked out a very convenient way to facilitate your water changes and it should continue to work very well for you, sir.
Best wishes with all your fishes, Sean!
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