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Old 05-06-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Protein film... grr


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'd appreciate any suggeations.

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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You could try a surface skimmer.

How old is your aquarium ? In a recently built aquarium you can have a protein film that will disapear after a couple of months.
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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.

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The film is normal. Some fish will eat it like gourami, and mollies/platies.
Surface agitation will help break it up. You can scoop it out with your fishnet.
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How much are you feeding, it could be that you're overfeeding.

Hikari "Micro Pellets" is what I use for my endlers and tetras and I've neved had surface scum from them.
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Currently they get one crushed flake a day. My endlers turn their nose up at pellets. I may try the Hikari pellets for the microrasboras. Hopefully the endlers take an interest in them too.
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You can always drag a paper towel over it, if it really bothers you. Usually gets most of it.
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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
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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!
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I just use a basic surface skimmer to take care of my film. I found that a lot of my film was actually dust and not protein from food.
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Hm. There's a sizable hole in the fluval spec lid so dust could be a factor. I think I'm going to hook up the bubbler and try a different pellet/live food. Thanks for the responses.
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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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Put some floaters in
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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)
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