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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Well I just flooded my tank (no bioload yet, just trying to get the water stable before I introduce anything) and my tank is very cloudy and has a surface "film". I'm running black diamond media that I've washed very thoroughly, and an eheim 2217 that is properly set up with all the filter pads necessary.

I have a powerhead I picked up yesterday. Is there a DIY I can use to adapt it to use as a surface filter?

Here's a picture of my surface film

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-26-2016, 03:46 PM
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You can buy a surface skimmer for like 15 bucks, return the power head you just picked up

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Nah, I still need the powerhead for water changes (pumping water from buckets rather than pouring). Just wondering if there's a way I can use it. What do you recommend as far as surface skimmers go? Anything I can use to adapt my eheim?

Well, made one of these and it cleared up the surface! Now how the heck do I get rid of the cloudiness of the water?


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Aquarium Surface Skimmer

https://www.amazon.com/Outflow-Aquar...R8MTBKR94BK126

Eheim Surface Skimmer

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Well, made one of these and it cleared up the surface! Now how the heck do I get rid of the cloudiness of the water?

Establish a biofilter.
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Establish a biofilter.
The 2217 is cycling. Borrowed some water from a buddy with an established cichlid tank. I guess it's just a waiting game then.
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I have the ehiem skimmer in a 20l, you have to clean it often but it does the job.
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Jeff For a zero cost option you could try moving the spray bar above the water surface and direct the jets directly down at the water surface, not too high or you will get noise. As the jet enter the surface it entrains a layer of the tank surface with it and the filters deal with it.
ps what are the two orange things?

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I just noticed you have the tank in front of a window, I see the blinds are closed but this may cause you a problem with algae or overheating at some point.
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Look after the tank of water the fish look after themselves.

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I use these, still no complaints.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9-...e-skimmer.html

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