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With the surface skimmer you are sucking up all this (oil)?...not sure if it is oil from food or what ever it is...but my question is won't this oily stuff smother your beneficial bacteria in your filter by coating them? Just a thought
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I would think most of the oil should get caught in your filter pad before it gets to the bio-media.
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I believe the oil is a protien that your bacteria consumes. My belief is, it isnt harmful.
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I believe the oil is a protien that your bacteria consumes. My belief is, it isnt harmful.

It's a protein layer. Whether this is harmful to the beneficial bacteria or not is unclear to me. You might be able to eliminate it through regular water changes. If this is an ongoing problem for you, you may concider a protein skimmer. If this is the route that you're interested in taking, you need to incorporate some form of "over-flow box" or "surface extractor" in your tank to skim the surface of the water. Eheim makes a surface skimmer/extractor you may want to check out. There are thousands of threads on the net detailing over-flow boxes. Heck, it might even turn out to be a fun DIY project! Good luck...

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It's a protein layer. Whether this is harmful to the beneficial bacteria or not is unclear to me. You might be able to eliminate it through regular water changes. If this is an ongoing problem for you, you may concider a protein skimmer. If this is the route that you're interested in taking, you need to incorporate some form of "over-flow box" or "surface extractor" in your tank to skim the surface of the water. Eheim makes a surface skimmer/extractor you may want to check out. There are thousands of threads on the net detailing over-flow boxes. Heck, it might even turn out to be a fun DIY project! Good luck...
hagen also makes one that is considerably less money. Here is a hagen clone

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