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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-31-2015, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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how good is the surface skimming of the vortex of lily pipes?

For those of you that have the vortex effect working on lily pipes- does it completely eradicate surface scum or do you still have a generous amount of film?

I have an open top tank and the oil on the surface drives me nuts. Is there a flake food for neon tetras that has minimal oils?
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Most of the lily piped tanks I've seen on the forum (excluding my own) have been able to eliminate surface gunk with minimal agitation. Pretty sure raising them at night helps a lot with scum buildup.

If you don't have pipes already, have you considered running an air pump on a timer to break up the surface? Could be cheaper.


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It's actually pretty difficult to make this happen unless you've got bit of flow coming out of the pipe and the correct type of pipe. Even then, it requires almost daily adjustment to keep it going. It does work well when it does work.

I definitely wouldn't buy lily's to get rid of surface scum. An air stone or a surface skimmer(best) work better.
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ok thanks. I'm trying to minimize equipment in the tank.

I would love to have an inline diffuser that pumps air (not CO2) into my canister filter outflow. Anyone hear of such a thing?

I guess I could just put a pollen glass in the tank and hook it up to an air pump, with a timer that turns on at night (I don't like the noise of air pumps)
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Trying not to get to far off topic but I can achieve the vortex with my Koralia circulators.
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Never felt like lily pipes put a dent on surface doc. Eheim 350 or Vuppa works!
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