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nylon rope - cloudy water ???

It have been a strange morning...

The short story - I left a piece of nylon rope soaking in my PWC water and now my tank is grayish-cloudy... Should I be worried?

The longer story -

Every friday night I plug a 30-ish gallon trash can into my RO/DI system and leave it to fill over night. I then use a 50/50ish mix of tap water and the RO/DI to do my weekly PWC on my 72-gallon tank (change ~75%).

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Well in an effort to eliminate the water trickle noise as the can fills, I took some nylon rope, cut it to length, melted the cut end with a lighter (so it doesn't unwind) and draped it over the float valve - and it worked great... SILENCE AT LAST!

As I was refilling the tank this morning I noticed that my RO/DI water was cloudy/grayish... Most definitely from leaving the nylon rope soaking in their over night, as this is the only thing that has changed in my routine ... Well now my tank is hazy and I am wondering if I should be worrying ?

I am running a new batch of RO/DI water right now but will be a few more hours before I can do another PWC... Of course I didn't rinse or wash the rope before (new out of packaging), but I am thinking it may be more from the melted end that I made ??? Or perhaps they use some industrial solvents or bleach to get it perfectly white - hmmmmm...

I hope my fish don't hate me to much by day's end...
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I took the rope and soaked it in some clean water and this is what it looked like in a few minutes - to give you an idea -



Harder to tell in the aquarium - and it is starting to clear a bit -

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I've worked with black nylon rope and nets for mounting moss, and nylon velcro for rooting plants, and have never seen any kind of water clouding. the only problem with nylon is a few fine hollow stemmed plants will melt which in contact with it. I can only speculate your rope was stored in a construction area where dust and powder debris may have become embedded between it's fibers, so it's a good thing you soaked it first.


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Actually I didn't soak it first, and whatever it was leeching into the water went in with my fish. This is a new rope from Home Depot - just out of the plastic bag... I think that it may be the burnt end that was causing this... Can't think of what else might have do it.

I just did another large water change to make sure that I don't have any issues...
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you should soak it first. nyln is safe in the tank, it's what killie,livebearer, and goldfish breeders use for "spawning mops"

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Always rinse anything/everything before it goes in the tank. Even if it's "brand new". Could be dirt, grime left over before packaging or a bacterial bloom... would have to be pretty bad to bloom in just overnight.
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Ya - was kinda stupid of me... Live and learn - was so white and clean looking LOL...
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