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Nasty gunk coming from my fresh water tank

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  1. Sean M Collins

    Sean M Collins Active Member

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    Did I get some funky water from somebody’s house?
     
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    is your tank transparent? and possibly exposed to sunlight somehow? That can cause funk
     
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    What kind of gunk?
     
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    Any water, no matter how "clean" it is initially, will "go bad" eventually. Chlorine, which is used to sanitize water for drinking, comes out of suspension over time, particularly when exposed to sunlight or acidic conditions (anyone who's ever maintained a pool can share their grumbles about how fast chlorine gets used up in the summer, lol). Any cooties that might be floating about now get to enjoy a pool party, and soon you'll have all sorts of slimy boogery goodness growing in your fresh tank.

    The best thing to do is to occasionally empty your freshwater tank and let it dry thoroughly.
     
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  5. Sean M Collins

    Sean M Collins Active Member

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    It’s a butler so it’s the aluminum or stainless steel fresh water tank I’ve had two different butlers never had this before
     
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    Slimy stuff like snot clogging up the filter that’s before the pump ... butler guy kept saying about stuff dislodged from the exchanger but this before the pump or exchanger
     
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    In 12 yrs of butler this a first usually the filter before the pump never really needs checked or cleaned but this was bad enough wasn’t letting water through to the pump... I drained/vacced out the water in the tank then filled 1/4 full drained again did that a couple times we’ll see
     
  8. Luky

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    It happens when you accidentally mix rinse in fresh water tank. I've solved it by draining the whole tank, clean the bottom and sides and that was the end of it.
    It's like reliving "Alien" all over, slime is never ending and clogs filter repeatedly .
     
  9. Sean M Collins

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    Except I only ever had water in it
     
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    Water is never "pure" - even distilled or boiled water will eventually pick up pathogenic material if it is not kept in a 100% sealed and sterile environment. Imagine a swimming pool left sitting for weeks - even if no people swim in it, and no leaves fall in it, it will eventually grow algae and bacteria by the quintillions solely from stuff floating through the air.

    ANY water source will eventually get stagnant and grow cooties if it is not agitated, refreshed, and replaced.
     
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    This was my thought too, I see it all the time in auto scrubbers when they go overkill on the cleaner. Nasty snot like gunk coating everything. But is could be from bacteria. Is the slim in the lines beyond the filter?
     
  12. Luky

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    Nope, only on the filter a usually has a black-ish color, so it sounds like some sort of chemical reaction is occuring.
     
  13. Jim Davisson

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    I'm sure you have some antimicrobial on the truck. Treat a full tank in the morning and use it up all day, and rinse it out good that evening.
     
  14. Ara Klujian

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    You may have what is referred to as bio- film in your tank. The only way to remove bio-film is with enzymes. Bio - film is a slimy film that coats organic substances. The slimy film acts as a barrier to the substance in your tank. After you use enzymes to remove the bio-filmyou may then use bleach, vinegar, or h2o2 to remove whatever it was the bio-film was covering.
     

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