Thread: Salt Creep? What is this?
01-13-2014, 07:15 PM #1
Salt Creep? What is this?
I thought i'd get peoples opinions on this.
I've had this tank set up for Oh... a year or so now. It is a freshwater tank, lightly stocked, minimal plants. 90g with a 20g sump.
Prior to getting this tank+stand off a friend, she had originally used it as a Saltwater tank. The tank was thoroughly cleaned before use, however the stand still has salt buildup on the inside.
I had noticed several months ago that in one of the corners of the tank, salt creep started to appear. It seems to be comming out of a slightly raised part of the plastic... frame. Whenever I notice it I will clean it out, with compressed air, or just a small brush. but after a week or so it returns. It never feels wet and i dont think its leaking in any way. There has never been any salt creep on the underside of the tank (just that corner)
So, what do u guys think it is?
How can i stop it?
Should I be worried?
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01-13-2014, 08:22 PM #2
Have you considered that it may be lime scale from an unknown Source? Tasted it perhaps?
01-13-2014, 08:38 PM #3
Could be, Tasted it, HIGHLY acidic, burns the tounge, but tasted somewhat salty
Salt or limescale, seems i sould treat it with vinegar but that may eat at any sealant left in the black frame.
01-13-2014, 08:45 PM #4
That sounds like calcium deposits. Can you post a pic? What is your ph/ gh?><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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01-13-2014, 08:57 PM #5
Agreed- that would be calcium (Or chalk, The mineral Calcite version of calcium). It exists in the water and builds up when water evaporate. It is mostly unsightly and not a real problem. You should however remove it if you want to turn the aquarium into a soft acidic environment.Do as I say. Not as I do.