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Dry Water Film Surface

I just got back from being gone for nearly 2 days, I come home and turn on the lights, find that the surface of my tank has a layer of dry water muggy stuff. I stirred it and they all broke apart into little white pieces. Is this harmful? What can I do to prevent this from happening again? I raised my spray bar just a bit so that the surface is getting some current, but no idea if that will help.
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So, it sounds like you lights are not on a timer so Q1) is have you seen this with the lights on?
Q2) Did you feed (or not) anything special?

Everything else sounds like surface scum. Do a search for surface skimmer (not protein skimmer) and see it the symptoms match.

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I just got back from being gone for nearly 2 days, I come home and turn on the lights, find that the surface of my tank has a layer of dry water muggy stuff. I stirred it and they all broke apart into little white pieces. Is this harmful? What can I do to prevent this from happening again? I raised my spray bar just a bit so that the surface is getting some current, but no idea if that will help.

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I wonder if it is organic or if it is a by product of new substrate? Didnt you just put new substrate in that tank? Maybe you didnt rinse it well enough? Its hard to say what it may be. If you clean it up....does it come back?
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One evening last week, I was looking at the tank when I saw a bunch of stuff floating on the surface which hadn't been there 30 minutes before. So I am taking off the glass cover and removing the lights when I see at the edge of the tank that a moth is sitting there. I figured the moth had a poop in my tank. Anyway, I tried netting across the surface, a paper towel, nothing picked up the fine 'dust'. By the next day, it had disappeared. I guess that's one of the problems with having the brightest light in the house over the tank - insects will be attracted to it. Any chance that's what you might have?

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The tank is in the basement, the lights were off for 1 1/2 days. I have been feeding blood worms and tropical flakes.

Eco Complete does not need to be rinsed so I didn't do it.

Nope, couldn't be an attracted bug.

Every since I raised the spray bar, the surface seems to be doing a little better. Although what I plan to do is add is oxygen so that the surface can have some extra currenty as well.
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Hmmm

Interesting.

I have something similar on my 10 gal.

but this stuff is green. But, it's only on the surface. Odd no?


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Like drops of fertiliser into the tank, so are the days of our CO2...
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I just did a 25% water change after adding my new plant and things seem to be doing okay although theres like a oily film on the surface.
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