Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
My filter seems way too dirty, help.
My tank has been running for just about 5 months now and since the beginning I have been doing regular filter cleaning about once a month or so.
Filter is eheim pro 3 2075
I have the one blue course filter and one of the fine filter pads
2 trays of eheim mech (ceramic tubes)
2 trays of eheim substra pro (sintered glass balls)
Substrate is Safe-T-Sorb
Every time i open up my filter to clean it the media and pads are covered with brown stuff. it comes off easily, fine, and is everywhere. I am not sure if this is normal or not because this is my first every aquarium and not sure what to expect. My water in the tank is really clear and does't seem to be effected by this.
I never rinsed my substrate before putting it in, could that be the problem? or is it simply just fish waste?
I also get it build up in the filter tubes and spraybar tube.
75 Gallon Low Tech w/ Green Terror Pair