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What is the white stuff on the surface





What's the white stuff on the surface of my tank?

It looks like oil but its not.



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Biofilm. Snails and shrimp will munch on it if you leave it be. If it bothers you, you can break the surface tension by raising your lily pipes/outflow.


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Protein build up possibly?
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Re: What is the white stuff on the surface

Thanks guys

The built in filter for the aquastyle doesn't really break surface tension.

As long as it isn't harmful then I guess its OK.

The shrimps tend chill more on the substrate than up there


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I have floaters in my shrimp tanks and they like to hang upside down on the leaves and eat the film. It's neat because you can when you watch from the top you can see their little legs just barely breaking the surface.

Didn't know it was an aquastyle. Yeah, no real way to use the outflow then. You could use an airstone at night. That should keep it away if it does bother you.


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Do you think it will effect oxygen exchange if it gets too thick? Might want to try something to get rid of it.
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Do you think it will effect oxygen exchange if it gets too thick? Might want to try something to get rid of it.
If the protein layer gets too thick, it is possible that it will affect gas exchange.

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There is actually a huge thread related to this called BioFilm or something along those lines. I was able to totally remedy it by purchasing and installing a surface skimmer. The only problem that I noticed that the film caused (other than being very unsightly) is the blockage of light. Once I removed it, there was a noticable increase in the growth of all my plants.
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Re: What is the white stuff on the surface

Simply toss a bubbler in there. I'd leave it on for 24 hours at first then nightly after that.

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If the protein layer gets too thick, it is possible that it will affect gas exchange.
Not only gas exchange but proteins are broken down into ammonia which can cause problems. A bubbler or small power head to break up surface should do the trick.
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I get rid of this by taking a 2qt plastic pitcher, turning it wide-side towards the water, and submerging it just enough to allow the surface to flow into it. Same principal as a surface skimmer, but with something you probably already have. Also, make sure you wash your hands before you put them in the tank, as any lotions or whatnot will turn into this same kind of surface scum.
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I get that only after feeding flake food. It's just oils/boifilm whatever you want to call it.

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You can try laying a piece of paper towel on the water surface. May pick up some of it.
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I find that aeration does a good job of breaking that goop.


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Re: What is the white stuff on the surface

Airstone! Easiest option ever!

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