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    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
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    Need and explination

    I was getting ready to do my water change today and as I braught the pail with fresh salt water to my tank I noticed a fine coat of "white film" all over the pail, pump and heater that was in the water getting it ready. It feels a bit coarse somewhat like the bathroom cleaner "comet" feels like. I obviously decided not to do my water change. The water had been mixing since tuesday with the heater and the powerhead running all the time. I use IO salt with RO/DI water. I'm pretty sure it's not salt that was all over. It doesn't really have a smell. I use a rubbermain container to hold the water. The heater is an all glass aquarium heater and it is 100W. The powerhead is a maxijet 900. Any thoughts on what it might be? Is it safe to reuse the pail, powerhead or heater? What is the most likely culprit?

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    What was the pail used for before?
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    The pail has only been used for salt water mixing. I baught it new and I've used it for my water changes for the past year and a bit.

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    i wouldnt worry about it if it was me. im pretty sure its salt. i mean nothing else as been in there what else could it be.

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    it could just be dust in the salt, hopefully nothign bad like bucket dissolving

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    Yes, I would agree too, it would be something like salt creep. I get the same thing too, after leaving the water mature for a few days with the pump and heater. I just rince them when I am done. If things have been fine for over a year, why worry now? :wink5:

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    prolly just a little dust and salt from last time, maybe you were in a rush

    i wouldn't worry about it.
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    especially if the bucket was dry, anything going in that salt water would be toast.
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    I get this as well sometimes. never an issue. just something that precipitated out of the mix.

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    I had this happen. It was white solids in the water that looked like cleaning detergent. It's the salt bonding to something in the water. In my case I used dechlorinator with warm tap water and dumped in salt. Mixed it by hand and had clumps that looked bad. I did use it for water change, it made the tank look bad, but then dissolved minutes later.
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