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Unidentified Aquarium Heater Problem


I don’t often make a post on a problem I have not seen before, but this one is a set of two videos outlining a problem with a scale build-up in an unidentified aquarium heater problem.  This video shows a problem with a heater where there is a white build-up on the lower half of the heater and the question is asked what it might actually be.

In most cases a build-up of this sort is a carbonate build-up on the glass from extremely hard water. A lime scale is often this look. But the second video outlines the history since the last video. This unidentified aquarium heater problem is even more mysterious with the further explanation of the way the problem dissolved.

Like the author of the video, I am baffled the way the unidentified aquarium heater problem resolved itself. Whenever I have had any kind of scale build-up happen, the only way to eliminate it was to unplug the heater for at least a half hour. Then remove it from the aquarium after the heater element had had plenty of time to cool and reach the ambient water temperature before being exposed to the atmosphere when removed from the tank. The only solution I know is to use a lot of elbow grease to remove the sediments and scale before using the heater once more.

An Odd Conclusion to this Unidentified Aquarium Heater Problem

Unidentified Aquarium Heater ProblemI have never heard of an instance where the white build-up has disappeared by itself, it certainly never has for me in the past. Even more weird that the coating turned to a bright orange before it suddenly went away on its own. I can’t explain it, can any of my readers shed any light on what may have happened here? – or will it forever remain an unidentified aquarium heater problem.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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