Help, I got mineral oil in my fish tank and I don't know how to get it out. I've been trying to soak it up with paper towels but it doesn't seem to be doing all that much. Even did a water change. Any suggestions ?
Could use something like a peanut butter jar to skim it off the surface as well... But you're probably going to be stuck with not getting it all, unless you can get s surface skimmer setup or an overflow box
Oil tends to spread out in a sheen on water. If it does it could affect the gas exchange at the surface and limit oxygen exchange.
If you use a python for water changes you can turn it so the tube opening is just under the surface. The hose would be near the bottom of the aquarium. This will skim the surface, I do this on occasion to remove protein film that builds up sometimes
Why not siphon it out? I do quite often when I do a water change to get rid of any film on the surface. Just hold the intake of the siphon right at the surface. It will pull in some air, but as long as it's pulling in some water too you should be able to quickly get rid of the oil.
There is a trick for that, put a ball of floss in the end of the tube (not a lot so it slows flow much), just a bit to stand proud of the tube's entrance, it will wick up the layer you are trying to remove.