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Old 03-13-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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film on top of my water

i have some sort of film on the top of my water in my tank. i'm not sure what it is. if i put my finger in the water, i can tell the currents of the water because the film breaks apart around my finger. i have two aquaclear 50's on opposite sides of my tank. also, i can see the current circulating at the top. any ideas on what i need to do to get rid of this? is it even bad?
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It`s a protein sheen. If you have an overflow make sure it is draining and if not point some PH`s up to the surface. A good skimmer would take care of it.
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i have a good skimmer. i have an aqua c remora skimmer. or is it some other kind of skimmer that you mean? i can pull one of my power heads up closer to the surface and try that.
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Been there. Done that. Try this...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...pro-97357.html

Haven't had any issues since I've done this.
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I actually noticed I had this problem as well the other day. I have an Aquamedic Turboflotor1000 Multi for my 46G hanging on my 15g sump/refugium With plenty of flow. What I noticed is when I adjusted my return flow and my powerheads that the surface scum went away. Only the side opposite of my overflow had scum. I pointed the powerhead on that side of the tank toward the surface to create ripple and the scum went away. My skimmer is good enough for a tank much larger than mine so it must have just been a flow issue.
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that looks like it would help a lot, and it does make sense, but the problem is that i have a rio 1400 pump with my skimmer. i don't see any place to hook up one of those surface skimmers. am i looking at it wrong or maybe missing something?
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Don't know anything about the Rio pump, but it still seems like you could rig something to adapt to the inlet of the Rio. It's just a different size hole than the Mag3.
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I have to agree, if your have a surface sheen of excess waste material you are not getting effective skimming. By adding a surface skimmer to the pump that runs your skimmer you should then take care of the problem. You might ask yourself why do I have a build up on my surface!
Nine times out of ten it is becuase of husbandry or maintainance of tank.
Overfeeding, overstocking, not cleaning pads and filters, running media too long, etc.
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i only feed my fish once every other day, so i know i'm not over feeding. and i only have 6 fish total in the tank, so i don't think that it's over stocking. i also just cleaned out my powerheads, they were pretty dirty, so maybe that one of the problems. i'll keep looking for some way to work a surface skimmer into my pump
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You might ask yourself why do I have a build up on my surface!
Nine times out of ten it is becuase of husbandry or maintainance of tank.
Overfeeding, overstocking, not cleaning pads and filters, running media too long, etc.
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