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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2004, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Although I realized that it is normal for planted tank to have a cloudy film on top of the water, however, I noticed when it is left to accumate, it could trap a great amount of bubbles...even gas from escaping. Originally, I had a black molly in the tank to help get rid of this problem but recently she had gotten really aggressive toward my blue ram. So last night I had to move her into my hospital tank. This morning I noticed the cloudy film is back on top of my water and under it trapped many bubbles. I also noticed that all of my fishes were breathing very rapidly and some were right at the surface gasping for air. My question is has this ever happened to anyone and is there a way to eliminate this problem without involving aggressive mollies or messy hardwares?
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Your choices are:
a) mollies, swordtails,platys.
I've never seen an aggresive swordtail, I've kept mollies before and I don't recall them being aggresive. Platys either.

b) some sort of protein/surface skimmer
I guess there are some protein skimmers that are not too obtrusive. I think Eheim makes one thats kinda compact. I personally don't like the looks of extra equipment in the tank. I once told a guy that "It's called a planted tank, not a sewage treatment plant". So now you know my personal feelings about protein skimmers.

c)more surface agitation
The downside to this one is excessive loss of co2.

I personally like the surface skimming fish solution. I know that the above fish will do the trick but there might be other fish that I'm not aware of. I have a couple of Red velvet swordtails that do a great job.

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To add to Marcel's excellent advice, you should also consider feeding your fish less--once a day or every other day for no more than a minute total until the film clears.

Keep in mind also that a surface film can be the first manifestation of green water, as the algae concentrates at the surface. If the problem persists, the film develops a greenish tinge, or your water starts going cloudy, this might be your problem.
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I got a Aquaclear Skimmer ($8 @ Big Al's) and popped it on a AC Mini & it does a very good job, esp for only $8. It's mostly al lblack, so doesn't really show up against my black background. My Sunset Hygro is also growing around it, & hiding it a bit better.
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Thanks guys!
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Endler's in my tanks always keep the water surfaces pretty clear.


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I have this problem in my tank as well. I keep dwarf puffers, though, so any other fish are out of the question. I will have to look around online and see if there's a surface skimming attachment for my penguin power filter.
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