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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2003, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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If anyone has problem with on their water surface (ie oil films, debris, etc...). If deviced a simple way to cure the problem. Let me know okay ?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2003, 03:59 AM
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I found that if you agitate the surface water it should go away,do so when youre lights are off so you dont waste c02 when youre plants really need it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2003, 04:37 AM
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lay a piece of paper towel on the water surface and then quickly pull it up.

you can also siphon it off using a piece of airline tubing with the end just beneath the surface tho this may be tedious and take a while.

jon's idea works as well.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2003, 01:44 PM
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Fluval has a VERY cheap ($10) surface skimmer that do wonders in my tanks. I think it's called Fluval 101 or something like that.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2003, 03:28 AM
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Just an observation to add to this...

Before I got my filter, I used a powerhead to create water movements. Had a lot of surface scum. Then I installed the filter and overnight that stuff disappeared. There was no change in surface agitation (almost none, I am using a bottom spraybar with many many holes directed 45 degrees to the front). About the same water movement, no other changes at all.

Just a thought... perhaps a bigger better filter would help... Now my surface is overgrown with Riccia, Ceradopteris, Myriophyllum and others and there is basically no surface agitation... still no more film.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2003, 12:18 AM
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:idea: On another board I read that someone saw their pearl gouramies eating that stuff. About at the same time I added the filter I added a pair of those, so they could have a part in that too...
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