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Angry Slimy White Growth On Heater Rubber?

I have two tanks; 5.5G and 10G with different plants, both tanks use ceramic pots to contain plants. This problem only occurs in the 10G I even have identical heaters. The 10G has Bur-reed, Nymphaea alba, and Brasenia.



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Only variable I can think of is the Brasenia because it has a slimy substance that surrounds its new growth, any ideas? I removed the heater and let it dry then washed with hot water and it came right back within a few days.

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Meh....I get the same (hard to tell from pictures) slimy, grimy film that builds up on Jager heater suction cups. It doesn't happen on sponge filter suction cups or the heater caps. The caps on Jager heaters isn't a soft rubber and don't develop the film. If I remove the suction cups, the only way to clean them well is to scrub with a toothbrush. But what happens next is even more annoying. The rubber starts to harden to the point where they become useless. Personally, I think the issue is with the makeup of the rubber. Doesn't make it any less annoying. You should pay attention to the condition of that rubber cap. If it starts to become hard, it may be a good thing to run the heater with only the glass submerged. Just a thought.

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Hmm, I cant understand why it would be only one tank that this happens in. It grows so fast! Within just a few days the cap on both ends just becomes entirely white all crevices filled in, today I dropped algaecide on it and will see if that does anything. I can try switching tanks too and see if it grows on the identical heater with no growth on its caps, rule out the plants being a factor I just do not understand this and it is discouraging to a new tanker.
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I get that stuff on ALL the rubber in my tank and i dont know why. The stuff in my thank is more yellowish than white though... I just left it there, it grown back in a week, so i just clean it off whne i do a WC
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Just another reason having EVERYTHING in-line with a canister filer makes the hobby a lot more enjoyable I suppose, sounds like I need to eliminate the rubber from my tank(s)
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Just another reason having EVERYTHING in-line with a canister filer makes the hobby a lot more enjoyable I suppose, sounds like I need to eliminate the rubber from my tank(s)
The only in-line thing that you would really need is the heater, thermometer, powerheads and other things that must be in the tank will still get the growth
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On my nicer tank I have in-line thermometer, heater, UV, and CO2 the only rubber needed is to hold the CO2 checker in place even the lily pipe is mounted from the outside.
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So it blew up pretty bad and I resulted in removing the rubber but I know its still in my tank, I may have to pull everything out and start over I know it came in attached to Watershield/Lilies...everything in this tank has all but stopped growing but not dying so I am not sure if this has anything to do with it.

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I also have something that forms on my surface in a different tank, it appears oily and metallic and swirls around...does not take long to form after a water change any ideas??

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