What foods, if any, can I feed that won't cause surface film? I've found several answers regarding how to clean the film. I've tried a few of the suggestions of how to prevent it (feeding less, surface aggitation) without success. I'm feeding endlers and yellow microrasboras.
I found that the biggest cause of the surface scum came from when I put my hands in the water. If you have lotion on your hands - it makes it even worse. So keep your hands out or be sure to wash them well before putting them in the tank.
Thanks for the imput. I always use clean hands when working with the tank.
The tank is about 6 months old. I'm wondering if live/frozen food rather than flakes/pellets is the better way to go? I've always considered live/frozen foods more of a treat than a staple food source.
use micro bubble air stones if it really bothers your or change your flake food. there is a food my fish like but you put it in and see the "oil slick" as soon as it hits the water. also i always use dawn dish soap and wash up to my elbows when i get in a tank. the dawn will remove the extra oil on my skin. just make sure to rinse really well with warm water
A bubbler... Funny you mention that. I took the airstone out of my bubble decoration because I didn't intend to use it. Good thing I didn't toss it. The hubby's been buggin me to set it up. Looks like he may get his wish!
Like mistergreen stated, its normal and surface agitation helps. I hate it when I get it. Its always a day after my water changes when I fill the tank over my spraybar. I just skim it out it with a container. Spraybars and powerheads are about the best two to accomplish this. The ultimate way is to have a sump. Its not for everyone though and its a different topic altogether. But there are more pros than cons to having a sump and are typically geared towards larger tanks though.
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How old is the tank? I had crazy surface scum as my tank was starting up, but now it is crystal clear. I just had to keep up with manual skimming and water changes often till it stabilized (and the tank even has an overflow)