A.K.A. Fish Room Bum
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Davis, CA Fish out of water.
RO H2O in Large Rubbermaid Trash Cans with lids on
I'm using two large Rubbermaid trash cans in my RO system as reservoirs and let the water sit for a few days prior to using it in my tanks.
After a while, a film seems to build up around the pump that I have submerged at all times in one of the two cans. It's a white milky almost slime, but the water doesn't look or smell bad, it's pretty clear and clean otherwise and water parameters have been great and plants are growing well and fish are healthy. I think the slime / buildiup is likey from the the water conditioner that I have added, Tetra Aqua Safe Plus?
I throw in some small pieces of wood that I will eventually use in my tanks, they eventually just sink to the bottom. I do this to lower the PH.
It has been hot lately (summer time and all) and I also use a vinyl hose and am noticing a little brown algae buildup in the hose.
It seems that it might be best to periodically just take my garden hose from the tap outside and wash down the equipment, wash out that slime and keep everything a little cleaner?
Any comments? Am I being a little overzealous here, should I just let the equipment build up a little, perhaps these buildups are fine and there's benefit to some natural bacterias being produced and then used in my planted fish tanks?
Either way, I don't mind washing everything out once a week or two, three four etc. Should I just leave it be as the buildup is good bacteria? I'm feeling (without) actually knowing that cleaning out the rubber trash cans, hoses and pumps with fresh clean taps water and then starting over with my RO water periodically is more than likely the better practice but then again, rinsing out your HOB filters with tap water is NON NO as you clean off and kill a lot of beneficial bacteria
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Last edited by DigityDog70; 07-07-2017 at 01:16 PM.