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ADA aquasoil thick greese on surface

Is it normal to have a thick greesey layer on the surface of the water with aquasoil? I have the tank set up for 6 months now.
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sounds like protein build up from too much fish food and no enough surface agitation or flow.
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I have an eheim 2211 with lily pipes and there isn't much flow so I added a hob. It gets rid of build up but I can still see the slim. I have about 8 CPD and a couple of crs. I don't think it's the feeding. I've had this greezy build up since a week after I changed to aquasoil.
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you can add fluval surface skimmer to HOB filter or you can search the web on how to build diy surface skimmer.
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I have an eheim 2211 with lily pipes and there isn't much flow so I added a hob. It gets rid of build up but I can still see the slim. I have about 8 CPD and a couple of crs. I don't think it's the feeding. I've had this greezy build up since a week after I changed to aquasoil.
This is normal with ADA Amazonia. An airstone, at night, to help break the surface of the slime is usually enough to get rid of it. More frequent water changes are also highly recommended in the first week, when first setting up with aquasoil.

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Also try to point your output pipe towards the surface to cause a little agitation. I have the Lily Spin and it barely causes any surface agitation and basically doesn't move stuff on the surface and I get the biofilm build up.
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Also try to point your output pipe towards the surface to cause a little agitation. I have the Lily Spin and it barely causes any surface agitation and basically doesn't move stuff on the surface and I get the biofilm build up.
my lily pipe is the same. doesn't cause any surface agitation that why i add a hob. i don't like the look of the hob because it takes up too much space in the 10g.
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will the slim go away or is this consistant?
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Well honestly I haven't had much luck. Most people say do increased tank maintenance and do more water changes but I really think a big part of the problem is that our lily pipes don't cause enough surface agitation. I raise my outflow pipe up almost every night so I can look at a nice clean tank the next day.
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i have my hob connected to my timer so when i get home i won't see that slim. the tank is a crs tank and im not sure if too much water changes is safe for the shirmp.
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what size is the tank?
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Same here, I just rescaped my 20H today. Used plastic wrap to add water and I still have this grease on the top of my tank. Tried using a paper towel to try and scoop up the grease but it just turns into smaller pieces of grease.


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i would get the film in some of my tanks with high protein foods. add an air stone with micro bubbles like lime wood stones it will help. or if all else fails dry paper towel layed on the surface and taken right off will help get rid of it. might take a couple trys to get it all but has worked in the past for me. its not just an aqua soil thing as i have amazonia and no film ....
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I have crystals too. I think just be careful
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