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  1. johannes rall

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    Can anyone plz tell me what this is .I found it in the sump.Its like a white/greyish jelly thing.I found some of it before but I just took it out and its got a bad smell.Can anyone plz tell me what it is and if good or bad
     
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    bad smell, most likely bad
    Is it on top of the sand?
     
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    yes its on top of the sand
     
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    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    Does It smell like rotten eggs? If so then It might be hydrogen sulfide. This happens when organic matter gets traped where there is no or not enough beneficial bacteria to break It down into Ammonia.
     
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    I got the same thıng... Wat should we do?
     
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    I'd run some GFO and oxigenate the water well (maybe a bubbler in the sump?). Add bacteria, too.

    Would adding a couple tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to the water periodically, help to break it down?
     
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    I allready got some airstones in the sump how do I make the gfo you are talking about?
     
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    It's granular ferric oxide. Used to inhibit algae growth by removing phosphates from the aquarium. Helps catalyze oxidation of hydrogen sulfide and the precipitation of ferrous and/or ferric sulfide. (From Vincentputter's post.) I'd put it in a knee-high pantyhose or other fine mesh bag and tie it up. Put it in the system somewhere where it won't end up blocking any return pipes or anything. Somewhere where there is good flow. (Sump is fine.) Either that, or bag it and put in your canister filter, if you have one. Follow the directions on the container. (Only use the amount it says for the size of your tank.) Think you can leave it in for about a month, if I remember. I'd be adding a few tablespoons of 30% Hydrogen peroxide to that sump every day. Adding bacteria is the more long term correction. The other stuff is for temporarily dissipating what's come up so far.
     
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    where can I get ferric oxide?
     
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    Went to lfs and they said a magnesium supplement will work aswell
     
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    Maybe this has something to do with the cyano prob?
     
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    more commonly known as PO4 remover most Good LFS will have some. but you will need a reactor to run it in.
     
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