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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2004, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Could it be BGA floating in a cloud on top of my tank? It's slimy, scummy and a bit difficult to remove. I have no other visibly cloudiness anywhere else, though the browm algea is thriving recently.

I hesitate to dose w/antibiotics if my special cloud is not BGA>

20 gal, 1 angel, 1 pearl gourami, 4 neon tetras, one catfish, 1 pleco
10 gal tank, 5 pencils, 2 ottos, hindreds of nemotodes
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-17-2004, 01:36 AM
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The stuff floating on the surface is protein scum. A little surface agitation will help get rid of it, or, some surface skimming fish, like swordtail or black molly. Try skimming some of it off with a python to give it a head start.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-17-2004, 03:41 AM
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I use a fine meshed net to clean the surface from algae/surface scum. Works great, just got to be careful not to accidently catch any small fish :roll:
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