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Mineral oil in the aquarium....

I screwed up while connecting a new co2 tank, with the end result that a drop checker worth of mineral oil went into the aquarium. There's now a slight film that I was unable to remove with a waterchange. Does anyone know how to remove it or if it will harm fish or plants (or heater or filter)? Thanks for any advice


(I've noticed that I only seem to come on here to look at pictures or if something has gone wrong. Also, I tried googling "mineral oil aquarium" and it turns out that some people build computers and put them in an aquarium full of mineral oil for cooling purposes.)
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Put an empty bucket on the floor in front of the aquarium. Lay a papertowel on top of the water and as soon as it gets wet peel it off and toss into the bucket. Repeat as many times as necessary. Works good for protein film too.

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Paper towels should soak it up.
You can turn off the filter and corral the film into one place.


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Paper towels worked great. Thanks!
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No problem, glad it worked out for you!

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Put an empty bucket on the floor in front of the aquarium. Lay a papertowel on top of the water and as soon as it gets wet peel it off and toss into the bucket. Repeat as many times as necessary. Works good for protein film too.
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Paper towels should soak it up.
You can turn off the filter and corral the film into one place.
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Paper towels worked great. Thanks!
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No problem, glad it worked out for you!
What an awesome idea... Don't think I would have thought of that! This is exactly why these forums are so valuable!
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