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Old 05-15-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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White film on the surface of the water?

Ike the title says there is a thin white film on the surface of the water. The water also looks just a little cloudy.i started dosing vodka a couple weeks ago, this couldn't do it though right? I also run a skimmer. The is also a lot of surface circulation. How can I solve this problem? Nitrates are at 20 and dropping because of the vodka, but what's the film from? Thanks!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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can you take a pic or a short video so we can see?
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Try taking a paper towel, lay most of on the water at one end of the tank. While dragging to the other end of the tank slowly pull or roll it up the film should stick to the towel.
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Most likely it's dissolved organics and proteins. If I remember, correctly you have a Coralife SuperSkimmer? If so, that's no where good enough for the fish load you have. I recommend you get a good skimmer.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:54 PM   #5
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Ya I do lol.... Sadly. The vodka is really bringing down the nitrates. It's doing a great job. I'll turn the skimmer up and see if that helps. Thx!!!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:09 PM   #6
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I just checked the skimmer and it's not foaming at all. Do you guys know of any good skimmers that actually work????? For ab150? And where could I get it cheapest because I can't spend a lot of money.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #7
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Sounds like your having a bacteria bloom. Vodka is a carbon source that feeds nitrifying bacteria, however it also feeds and fuels other bacteria in the system not limited to but including cyanobacteria.

Your skimmer may not be keeping up but the problem lies in the vodka. Of course upgrading your skimmer can never hurt your tank
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I love my new Warner Marine MF 181 skimmer
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:22 PM   #9
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The thing is the skimmer isn't making ANY foam. It's ALL water. If I could fix this I would love to. What do you suggest? The vodka wouldn't screw up the skimmer right? I've never heard of that before. How can i fix it? What should i do?
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Have u checked the airline to make sure its not clogged?
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