Does anyone know what this might be?

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Jmc534, Nov 6, 2014.

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  1. Jmc534

    Jmc534 Plankton

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    image.jpg This sand like substance keeps building up in my sump. I have an overflow so it cant be sand from the main tank. I've siphoned it out a couple of times.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    It is detritus, have you considered a sock to assist in collect it.

    Welcome to 3reef. :)
     
  4. Jmc534

    Jmc534 Plankton

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    Thank you for the welcome! I have been considering a filter sock but haven't got around to getting one yet. I definetley will be getting one now. Thank you!
     
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    Although detritus is ugly to look at, I thought pods ate that stuff up?
     
  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Detritus:

    • gravel, sand, silt, or other material produced by erosion.
    • organic matter produced by the decomposition of organisms.
    Per google.

    Even pods eventually turn whatever they eat into detritus, even simple bacteria will to some extent. When able it's best to capture what you can and remove any build up when able.
     

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