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rust color on surface of Aquasoil I

Has anybody ever experienced this rust color on the surface of Aquasoil? This tank has been setup about 4 weeks, 2 of which it was emersed. It didn't appear until the tank was filled. The only thing I can think of is that there is something in the water reacting with something in the AS. This is at my work which is a manufacturing plant. The first time I filled it I used an unfiltered water line and the water was very cloudy before i ever put it in the tank. Since then i use water from the lab which has a filter on it and the water is much clearer. Any ideas?



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If you crush the aquasoil, the insides are similar to that rust color. The brown seems to be just a coating. Is it possible that the aquasoil is breaking down or has been crushed?
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I'm not sure what it is, but mine did that the first time I ever used AS. I don't know how, but it went away on its own. Maybe from fish nipping at it or plants grew over it and used it as nutrients.
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It hasn't been crushed at all really. Good to hear i'm not the only one it happened to. I guess i'll leave it and maybe when i add livestock next week it will go away. Thanks guys!
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