|02-25-2013 05:43 PM|
|nelson23||I have been using the Tom surface skimmer for a couple of months. I have not noticed any difference in my CO2 levels with using the TOM. Still have great CO2 levels and great growth but no surface film. In my experience surface agitation does not change CO2 if it is mild.|
|02-20-2013 02:20 AM|
Excluding chemical contaminants the biofilm is usually protein based. If the protein levels are high enough a foam can be produced with surface agitation. The other common cause is Eisenbacteria (iron bacteria). A simple test (not full proof) is to put your finger into the film. In the case of protein it will not be repelled by your finger. The bacterial form will be repelled. If you really want to know if the foam is protein based you can do a Biuret test. The solution can be purchased online if your'e seriously curious. lol
The link to phosphates is probably from reef aquarium keeping. The protein skimmers used in saltwater also remove organic phosphates which lead to algae blooms. The organic form of these phosphates are not the same as we use as nutrients.
|02-20-2013 12:50 AM|
|Mattymo92||Oh someone beat me to it lol|
|02-20-2013 12:49 AM|
This is what worked for me... but imagine that for a high-tech tank it may cause you to loose co2 from the surface agitation... I could be wrong though, I'm new to planted tanks.
- Matt M.
|02-01-2013 12:00 PM|
|02-01-2013 04:35 AM|
The shimmer is connected to external filter. There are other skimmer that connects to the air?
His efficiency is very good?
|01-31-2013 10:09 PM|
|01-31-2013 03:23 AM|
I'm convinced that substrate plays a role in surface film.
I have 4 planted tanks: 2 with gravel, 2 with black eco-complete. Both tanks with eco-complete have a serious surface film problem. All of my tanks have anubias, java fern, and crypts. One tank that has a surface film problem has a cannister, the other has an overflow type filter (fluval spec tank).
I use a surface skimmer in conjunction with my cannister filter and it takes care of the surface film. I haven't worked out a solution for the 5 gallon spec. I've tried putting a piece of plastic along the overflow slots, creating a waterfall effect into the back filter portion but it doesn't really do anything.
|01-25-2013 11:52 PM|
|supergreeneye||will it hurt the fish i have some i just did a water change and and moved my spray bar to the top to move the water and it diddint help i might try the air stone thingif i wont hurt anything ill let it be|
|01-25-2013 12:17 PM|
A skimmer is very good, but when using pressurized CO2 is not recommended.
I have not completely escaped the biofilm, now use an air stone.
|01-24-2013 06:48 PM|
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|01-21-2013 07:25 PM|
|Waters||I re-installed the Tom's Surface skimmer that I had previously installed (and removed due to it being so large and unsightly in a 26g). I modified it by removing the ugly black hose and replacing it with clear tube. Works great....the surface is perfectly clear and has been since installing it. I was also able to hide it with my swords. It makes no noise and works perfectly...couldn't be happier|
|01-15-2013 04:43 PM|
|01-15-2013 11:57 AM|
|pwolfe||no java fern here. hc, flame moss, hygro kompakt, mini pelia, hygro araguaia, and a mini clover plant that's name eludes me.|
|01-15-2013 06:10 AM|
Thanks for the feedback, I have java moss in the tank and phoenix moss is helpful for biofilm. I will try to use air stones.
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