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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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No tech bowl/vase grime?

Does anyone else have a slight film on their surfaces as well as some grime on substrate/hardscape?

I figure it's due to lack of flow, so other than adding flow, can it be fixed?
If it can't be, no big deal
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 07:28 PM
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My bowl has no issues with this but it is jam packed with fast growing plants and mosses to the point of not being able to see the back, as well as fast growing floaters - salvinia, frogbit and duckweed.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 07:36 PM
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Surface scum has been an issue on every no filter/really low flow filter tanks/jars, etc. that I've had.

For a "no flow" application, I would do what many on the forums have suggested, and that is:

Take a paper towel and lay it on the surface of the water to absorb some of the scum. Repeat several times as needed.

I have also used a syringe (with some success) with a piece of airline tubing to "syphon" off the scum. That works okay.

The main thing here is you're going to have to do it frequently, both to deal with the scum, and to prevent it.

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yes thank you both! it's not all that bad with mine, and usually when i change the water it goes away
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 06:23 AM
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In my no-tech i had surface film for about the first 3 months. it seemed to just go away on its own.

No water changes, only top-offs for about 6 months and crystal clear.
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A Ram's horn snail or two will keep the surface, glass, and rocks clean.

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A Ram's horn snail or two will keep the surface, glass, and rocks clean.

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This. I had bad surface scum on one of my vases. The two ramshorns keep it completely in check.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 02:00 PM
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a very fine mesh net works pretty good to skim the surface. than a paper towel to finish it off the bits you couldnt get

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