how to remove oil ''scum'' from surface? - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
how to remove oil ''scum'' from surface?

anyone have any tips on how to remove that oily scum on the water surface? dont have a surface skimmer so thats out. anyone make a DIY one they'd wish to share?


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:26 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (4/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,797
Point a power head up there. Works like a charm


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


...DIY co2 sucks
...ricca sucks
accordztech is offline  
post #3 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:29 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
BlazednSleepy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 386
Get a jug and let the top water fall into it during a water change. Get as much as you can.

It will be back though.
BlazednSleepy is offline  
 
post #4 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
i was thinking of adding a hydor koralia nano 240gph. may be that would help!


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:31 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
bsmith's Avatar
 
PTrader: (278/99%)
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St.Louis, MO
Posts: 9,060
Quote:
Originally Posted by accordztech View Post
Point a power head up there. Works like a charm
I have heard that works for some but in both my tanks it does not. You can take a paper towel and try to soak it up and discard the towel. Do this a bunch of times and you might get somewhere.

I have just learned to live with it because nothing works for me.

Good luck!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bsmith is offline  
post #6 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
anyone ever try a very fine baby brine net?


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #7 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsmith View Post
I have heard that works for some but in both my tanks it does not. You can take a paper towel and try to soak it up and discard the towel. Do this a bunch of times and you might get somewhere.

I have just learned to live with it because nothing works for me.

Good luck!
it really pisses me off tho! i know its not hurting any thing tho, im just anal about it lol. kinda wish i had an overflow/ sump like i do in my reef


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #8 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:34 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
bsmith's Avatar
 
PTrader: (278/99%)
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St.Louis, MO
Posts: 9,060
Quote:
Originally Posted by matt12 View Post
i was thinking of adding a hydor koralia nano 240gph. may be that would help!
I have a k1 in one of my tanks that I spoke of (37g) pointed directly at the surface. Doesn't work for me.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bsmith is offline  
post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 03:52 AM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Sacramento,CA
Posts: 311
I know you said you didn't have a surface skimmer. INVEST in one. I paid $16 and I will never have to look at that protein film again. It is a little bulky and it is very visible in your tank. I would rather see the black tube in the corner than all that annoying build up on top of your tank.
Joe.1 is offline  
post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe.1 View Post
I know you said you didn't have a surface skimmer. INVEST in one. I paid $16 and I will never have to look at that protein film again. It is a little bulky and it is very visible in your tank. I would rather see the black tube in the corner than all that annoying build up on top of your tank.
would it mess with the co2? out gass it?


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 04:13 AM
Algae Grower
 
supermoto's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Leucadia, CA
Posts: 104
I added a little aquaclear power head that you can have add add air too. Put it on a timer to come on when the lights are off. Works perfect, adds oxygen to the tank at night and clears up any surface scum.
supermoto is offline  
post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
Quote:
Originally Posted by supermoto View Post
I added a little aquaclear power head that you can have add add air too. Put it on a timer to come on when the lights are off. Works perfect, adds oxygen to the tank at night and clears up any surface scum.
thats a good idea!


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #13 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 04:32 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
bsmith's Avatar
 
PTrader: (278/99%)
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St.Louis, MO
Posts: 9,060
Quote:
Originally Posted by matt12 View Post
would it mess with the co2? out gass it?
Yes but you would only have to turn up the gas a bit to compensate.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
bsmith is offline  
post #14 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
matt12's Avatar
 
PTrader: (34/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 673
Quote:
Originally Posted by bsmith View Post
Yes but you would only have to turn up the gas a bit to compensate.
well consitering i run an uncountable bbm, i think it should be fine. i think i may try the aquaclear idea fisrt


GONE HUNTING
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
matt12 is offline  
post #15 of 39 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 12:17 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (6/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
Posts: 20
I run a bubbler on a timer at night. It breaks up the scum very well.
Tanen is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome