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Old 11-11-2019, 11:22 PM   #1
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foam in freshwater tank

I am guessing its too much protein in tank causing this. Tank has been running for about 10 months, never a problem. The only changes to the tank is I recently added some Seachem Matrix to my HOB filter. The foam started about a week after. Not sure the Matrix can cause foaming, so not sure what else could cause it. Everything else has been pretty constant. Took some fish out, added a few more back, numbers are about the same. Might be feeding a tiny bit more. Going to skip a couple of feedings a week and add an extra 25% wc mid week from my normal 50% wc once a week. Ideas.
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Did you rinse the Matrix before you put it in?

Start using a new food?

Use any additives like quick start or stress coat? There is another I just can't think of right now but can cause a bit of foam.

As you mention though you could increase the water changes % and frequency to freshen up the water over the next couple weeks.
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And I just thought of https://www.seachem.com/purigen.php The full information is there if you scroll down.
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Did you rinse the Matrix before you put it in?

Start using a new food?

Use any additives like quick start or stress coat? There is another I just can't think of right now but can cause a bit of foam.

As you mention though you could increase the water changes % and frequency to freshen up the water over the next couple weeks.
Thanks for the tips. The only 2 new things were the Matrix, which I rinsed very well, not much came off rinsing it, the water column itself is clear, no cloudiness. Nothing else new. I was feeding bloodworms once a week and switched to feeding brine shrimp twice a week (trying to see if it help with breeding). Extra water change has so far helped with the foaming, but I have noticed more biofilm on surface the normal so I am starting to lean towards overfeeding at this point. I do have some purigen that I had used in the past, I will throw it back in and see if it helps clear it up as well as cut back on feeding as well.
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Yes, and see if you can add movement / agitation like a bubbler on the surface which can reduce oily/ film on top.
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Yes, and see if you can add movement / agitation like a bubbler on the surface which can reduce oily/ film on top.
there are two HOB filters running, one is more biological the other mechanical polishing so plenty of movement on surface.
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