Thanks Sandy..i used a tray with maybe 3/4 of a teaspoon of citric acid (in crystal form)...i used that tray to do an initial 1min wash (with constant agitation)..i then transferred it to a running water bath that was just my tapwater for 5-10mins...could it be that my tapwater is causing the iron hydroxide? i should get a ph test kit i guess...

regards
-andrew