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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 03:34 AM
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The really old way of dealing with this is to get a roll of cheep paper towels. Drop a sheet on to the film and peel it off. It will actually remove the film, rather than just breaking it up for the filter. Then repeat in the next area you want the film removed from.
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increase surface agitation.
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I use one of those with a maxijet 400. I put it in the tank only when needed.
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Cheap paper towels!?!? Man you must be rich! Old newspaper does the trick haha.

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The really old way of dealing with this is to get a roll of cheep paper towels. Drop a sheet on to the film and peel it off. It will actually remove the film, rather than just breaking it up for the filter. Then repeat in the next area you want the film removed from.
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I am sure that water changes and surface agitation help some. I do 50% WC every week with ro/di water and also have a koralia 1 that is pointed pretty much at the surface with quite a bit of rippling at the surface. I still have quite a film on the surface. I also have a floating plant hygrozya (sp.) on the surface and purchased that in hopes of it sucking up the scum. Didn't work

If I run my finger through it it will build on it. Also if I break it up there are actual particles that look like snow that start to swirl in the tank.

I also clean my filter once a month or so.

I often wonder if a protein skimmer would be practical on our tanks. Or do they all require a sump. maybe only run it part time. Kinda like a uv sterilizer during GW outbreaks or sickness in the tank???
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There are protein skimmers that you can hang on the tank. I don't think fresh water is dense enough for a protein skimmer to operate efficiently, though.

I've wondered how a protein skimmer would work as a co2 reactor, though.
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Cheap paper towels!?!? Man you must be rich! Old newspaper does the trick haha.
Years ago old newspaper worked ok, and I would have recommended it. However, with the switch to water based inks, I no longer recommend it, unless you are talking about unprinted paper.
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There are protein skimmers that you can hang on the tank. I don't think fresh water is dense enough for a protein skimmer to operate efficiently, though.

I've wondered how a protein skimmer would work as a co2 reactor, though.
Unless it were extensively modified to behave more or less like a CO2 reactor, a protein skimmer would be a poor choice. A skimmer is designed to mix large amounts of air into the water to create as much foam as possible. One of the side effects of this is that a skimmer can do a very good job of getting CO2 out of the water.

BTW, in certain cases it is possible to use a skimmer in FW systems. If you have a well stocked goldfish tank, a skimmer can be used to remove a lot of the slime they throw off. I have also used a skimmer to remove glop like "Stress Coat" the "kid at the LFS" pumped into the plastic bag along with the plants.
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