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Surface Oil Film

I have read a bunch of posts on this subject but never seem this problem...

I have the whitish oil film on the top of my tank, so I bought a surface skimmer and hooked it up to a MJ-600. Within an hour or so it was completely gone. The skimmer has been running for about 2 weeks and the film is back, even with the skimmer.

Does anyone have any ideas on this? It just seems odd.
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i had surface film issues recently. you can increase your flow/ surface agitation. instead of buying a bigger filter or adding a power head i move the position of my filter and kept the water lower and that created enough disturbance to get rid of it...

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I have read a bunch of posts on this subject but never seem this problem...

I have the whitish oil film on the top of my tank, so I bought a surface skimmer and hooked it up to a MJ-600. Within an hour or so it was completely gone. The skimmer has been running for about 2 weeks and the film is back, even with the skimmer.

Does anyone have any ideas on this? It just seems odd.
I also had this biofilm happening in my tanks, I also let the water get a little lower to make it push the water more.

But in my case I found it was the food I was feeding my fish that was releasing a chemical when it hit the water, so it made that film on feeding time and got my water dirty.

What kind of food do you use?

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I am using New Life Spectrum. I have used it for a year or so now and never had the problem before. It is the same large container so its not from a diferent formula or anything.
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I am using New Life Spectrum. I have used it for a year or so now and never had the problem before. It is the same large container so its not from a diferent formula or anything.
Next time you feed just look up in to the lights to see if it's the food making the film.

It is kind of crazy you still get it even with a spray bar, since that's what everyone recommended I get.

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Good point - I only noticed surface film after raising the level of water in my tank. I guess I should lower it to let the HOB filter water hit the surface a bit harder and create some more push.


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For the betta tanks, I use either a brand new organic kitchen sponge to soak it up, or paper towels.

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Are you sure the skimmer is working properly? I had film problems CONSTANTLY until I dropped $8 on a cheap skimmer from Big Als. Since then, I just have to clean the float from time to time, but never have problems with film.

I keep my water levels really high in the tank - the bottom of the spillway on my AC50 is submerged and the bottom of the Topfin 20 is almost submerged.
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I will try to clean the skimmer today when I get home. I am also using the cheap Big Al's skimmer as well. I reset the float level last night, but I may need to take the whole thing out.

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For the betta tanks, I use either a brand new organic kitchen sponge to soak it up, or paper towels.
I dont know that this would work in my case with a 125G...

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Surface Oil Film

I get this from heavy feeding and get rid of it when i do water changes with my python. Just invert the python intake so it skims the surface off.


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Next time you feed just look up in to the lights to see if it's the food making the film.

It is kind of crazy you still get it even with a spray bar, since that's what everyone recommended I get.

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I followed your advise and it does appear after feeding. It is just very odd that it just started even though I am using the same food as always.
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I followed your advise and it does appear after feeding. It is just very odd that it just started even though I am using the same food as always.
Well I'm glad we found the culprit, I usually add a very small amount of water clarifier when I feed so it cleans it up.

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Thumbs up Black mollies the best for biofilm or surface cleanup.

It's works awesome with few Black mollies in your tanks.

Rules:
- Have only female mollies, as it reduces the possibilities of the tank getting overstocked.
- have them for not more than a week or ten days considering the tank volume.
- if you have shrimps in there, try to create some hide for them. As you are tend to have a mild drop in their numbers.
- feed the tank very less during this cure time.

P.s these guys are awesome eaters of fuzz and hair algae.

I recently treated my 140 gallon igwami setup with 3 female black ballon mollies. Lost few RCS in the process. Got rid of fuzz algae to a great extent. The other important outcome of surface clean up is to maximize the light reach down to tank.

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I usually add a very small amount of water clarifier when I feed so it cleans it up.
Clarifier products are pretty hard on fish gills. Recommend not doing this.

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