How do you keep your ATO reservoir clean?

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Hey everyone! As the thread states - how do you keep yours clean?

My 20 gallon bottle develops a really unhealthy-feeling slime after a week maximum and cleaning it out is pretty difficult!
 
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My Jug does currently sit on the floor rather than in the cabinet (wiring is on the todo list) - it’s not in the sun but maybe the light is encouraging photosynthetic organisms?

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That is strange also. Think any slime would need some nutrient bacteria etc. especially if closed off. I can see an open bottle getting air particles. Hmmmm
 

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Mine did get slime as well, it's the innovative marine 15 gal so things could get in possibly since the back portion is open. I cleaned it out vinegar every couple months
 
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I use a banshee 10 gallon ATO reservoir and the sides and top are blacked out to prevent light from getting in leading to algae. Perhaps your container on the outside needs some cover to restrict light so bacteria does not form inside?
 

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I can't see the inside of your stand and how your sump is setup, but is it possible that you are getting a siphon from your sump?

The ATO seems to be sitting below the sump which could cause some backflow, basically depositing dirty salt water inside your ATO....just a thought.
 

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Old LfS I ran our open top ro bins developed a slime and a slight fishy smell. I’m guessing the water is pulling stuff from the air and allowing growth. Sealed containers even moderately sealed never had this issue.
My current tank I use a Cereal container that holds over a gallon but is air tight except for the tiny .5mm hole I made to prevent a vacuum during topoff. No slime in that container either
 
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