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Old 01-16-2005, 09:03 PM   #1
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surface foam

My tank keeps on getting a ton micro bubbles on the surface of the water, it looks like white foam. what Causes this and how do I get rid of it? i have just been scooping it out but it builds up quick. There are no fish or inverts in the tank yet, only LR and LS.
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Old 01-16-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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Do you have a skimmer?
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ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
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Old 01-16-2005, 09:47 PM   #3
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That was my question too.
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a surface skimmer, right?
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Old 01-16-2005, 10:03 PM   #5
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yes a protien skimmer
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40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
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my tank used to do the same thing until i got a skimmer
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Old 01-16-2005, 10:11 PM   #7
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One of my tanks (seahorse tank that is high in nutrients) gets that every time I clean my remora HOT protein skimmer. The LFS explanation that makes sense to me is that more bubbles make it through the skimmer and into the tank after I break up the biofilm that coats the inside of the skimmer. I siphon it when I do a water change and in a week it goes away.
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Yes I have a Prism Skimmer. So why am I getting these tiny bubbles?
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Old 01-16-2005, 11:16 PM   #9
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what does your skimmate look like and how much of it?
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ummm... skimmate?? Not quite sure what that is.
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