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Old 01-05-2007, 11:03 PM   #1
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foam on surface?

at first it started as some bubbles on the top of the tank, and i did a 3 gallon water change on my 20 gallon tank. now its become a good sized foam ball in one corner? though bubbles are all over the edges

ammonia and nitrites are 0

the only thing i've done somewhat recently was remove some sand, and add carbon to the filter (not using any media)

this familar to anyone, the tanks almost a month old
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You say the tank is a month old. Did you wash it out with soap or another cleaner. My suggestion would be to do frequent PWC`s and GAC. This should remove the impurities that are causing this. Alot of times when this is happening you`ll see a film on the water. Do you see one?
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Are you using a skimmer or an overflow box?
Have you tried removing the foam manually?
You could try scooping under it with a papertowel to remove most of it and see if it comes back.

Of course, that's just my own guesswork in addition to more experienced advice like from melosu. So take it for what it's worth...
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Are you using a skimmer or an overflow box?
Have you tried removing the foam manually?
You could try scooping under it with a papertowel to remove most of it and see if it comes back.
These will work also. They are good suggestions.
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sounds like the need is there for a protein skimmer.
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i removed the foam ball before posting this, it was real smooth feeling it that provides any info.

i did not use any cleaners on the tank, and carbon has been running in it for a few days, i don't have corals yet, so i'm keeping light to a minimum to kill off a good bit of algae first.

i didn't see any "film" on the top layer. nobody thought that stirring up the argonite sand bed may have done something?

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I get that film/bubbles when my skimmer needs adjusting. I agree it sounds like you may need a skimmer hooked up to remove some of the particles that are bubbling out of your water.
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sounds like the need is there for a protein skimmer.
This will be your best bet. It will remove DOC`s that cause the film.
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I get this when my skimmer needs adjusting also. One other thing, I noticed that when my lift tube for the overflow box needed cleaning, there wasnt as much of a "waterfall" effect into the over flow box and then there would be a film on the surface of the tank.

Cleaning the lift tube and overflow would solve this
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are these particles causing the bubbles harmful to the tank?
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