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I'm setting up a 3 gallon cookie jar as a planted nano. I had a heater in there that I was removing today because the weather has gotten nice in a hurry here and it's really really ugly in this tank. When I pulled the heater out the suction cups holding it in place stayed stuck to the glass, so I put my hand in and grabbed the first. It came off, but had a coating, approximately 1/4" thick, of translucent slime on it. The tank has some guppy fry, a few ghost shrimp, and some plants at the bottom. Until today it wasn't receiving much light at all.

The slime looks and feels like the gel that is used to fill diapers once it has absorbed its load of water. It's completely odorless and was only stuck to the suction cups, so I'm inclined to think that it was a chemical substance of some sort rather than a crazily overgrown bacterial colony or some such. When I tried to remove the second suction cup, its coating fell off and broke into a million pieces which are floating around in the tank. I'm trying to do water changes to get rid of the bulk of it, but it's pretty much everywhere now.

Any ideas what it might be (it didn't photograph at all) or a clever idea on how to get the gunk out of the tank?
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Some people use an airline tube with a piece of long hard tubing connected to the end. Some use this for drip acclimating. It's an easy way to spot drain. Just start the syphon and let er rip.

As for the slime, I havn't a clue!
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Yeah, after fishing everything out that I could with a net then 3 consecutive 50% changes, stirring up all the slime chunks each time and trying to suck them out one by one with an airline tube siphon, I've gotten most of it out. It's gotten to the point now where I think I'm done then see one more floating by...
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I have that sort of slime on the suction cups, or anything that is rubbery in my tank. But it is definitely not quarter of an inch thick! That is gross.
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Indeed, and the slime only appeared in the past week or so and only adhered to that particular type of suction cup. It appears to be made of a different type of plastic than the others though, so I guess that could be it.
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I wouldn't worry about it, never harmed my tank. I see the shrimps eat the slime, they seem to be fine as well.
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I've had it on every suction cup in every tank I have ever had. It either gets eaten of goes away. I wouldn't worry.

No idea why it happens on suction cups but it does...


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As long as it doesn't crawl up your arm and eat your neighbors your ok, never mind that was the Blob not slime. I noticed something like that on a suction cup that had pulled away from the glass for some time, the cup was filled with a white slime but I don't see it anywhere else. I just chucked it in the trash, all my cups had hardened and I had the replacements handy.


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