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Old 10-19-2004, 10:14 PM   #1
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A couple of questions?

A film has developed at the surface and I am wondering what I can do to get rid of it. I have used paper towel to remove it and that helped but it just keeps building up.

I am wondering if a protein skimmer will help with this? I have been dragging my feet getting one. I have decided to setup a sump and I am going to place the skimmer in the sump.

Right now I am running a SEA Life Systems 125 wet dry filter on my 125. A mag drive7 is used for the return pump. I also have a fluval 404 and a magnum 350 running. I am thinking of replacing the magnum 350 with the 40 gallon sump where I can hide all of my equipment. I am also hoping that will increase my water flow. I am going to put a double over flow box down to the sump and and use a mag9 or so for the return pump.

So back to my original question, I currently have a single over flow box feeding the wet/dry filter but it doesnt seem to be removing this surface scum. Should it or do I need to be doing something else to eliminate this?

My water parameters are
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 2.5
Phosphates 0
PH 8.2

I have light algae problem but that is mostly due to me still using water softened tap water. I think my tap water contains silicates all other parameters are the same as my tank.

Thanks in advance, I have kept my new tank in relatively top shape with minimal problems and have enjoyed it tremendously. And it is due in a large part to this site.

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check how your overflow is working... it should be skimming the top surface of the water

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A skimmer would help big time.
In the mean time you may also want to get some R/O water (maybe from you LFS if you don't want to buy one) and do some water changes.
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And I don't know anyone that doesn't get surface algae on their glass, not really a problem just a fact of the hobby.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:29 AM   #5
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If it is a FO tank, you might want to consider a UV. I am in the process of buying one after seeing how it works on a friends tank. If the skimmer doesn't get it, then perhaps the UV will get it. HTH

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