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Old 08-14-2007, 12:56 PM   #1
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about 3 weeks ago or so i posted a thread on on a film had laying on top of my tank. i was advised to do a PWC and cut the the feedings a little. so i did. i did not notice a change so i took my fish net and tryed to scop out as much as i could. that seems to work wonders and i gor rid of it for a few days. then i noticed it coming back again, so i did another 10% PWC and... nothing it has not effected the film at all.

what is this and what could cause such a nasty film?
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you need to aim a powerhead toward the surface to give good surface agitation.
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I agree...point a power head towards the surface. If you aren't using an overflow to pull water out of the tank then you will get that lovely film ontop unless you have it agitated with water flow.
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its has 1 maxijet-900 pointed to the top 24hr a day . it works but it pushes all the film to the sides and makes a circle in the middle of the tank. in the middle is clear clean water and on the out side of the circle is the nasty dirty film. should i mabey point 2 PH's at the top? and also i wanted to bring up i have not noticed any more of those little white bugs crawling all over my tank any more. i use to look in my tanks and find millions of them now i dont see any. where could that have went?

also can some one show me a picture of a flat worm? vs a snail?
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there needs to be enough current at the surface for the water to be a tad rough..and it will take awhile to break down the film.
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I agree with the rest. That's how I solved my gunky film problem.
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...and also i wanted to bring up i have not noticed any more of those little white bugs crawling all over my tank any more. i use to look in my tanks and find millions of them now i dont see any. where could that have went?
Inside your fishes tummies?

I noticed mine drastically decreased as my fish population went up.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:58 AM   #8
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i only have a single clown fish! i dont know if he eats them or not?
i do see alot of snails at night come out. but they dont have a shell. they are all over the side's of my tank (LOL) i think the snails had babies but i dont think the babies had any freash shells to crawl into. now they just rome around with out a shell to protect them. theres nothing in the tank to cause them harm. so i dont think they mind. well at least i dont belive my clown eats that kinds stuff. mabey he does but i have never see him do it.
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I always notice an increase in surface scum when I don't run GAC. You may want to use some, at least until things clear up. Then keep water flow/surface aggitation high, monitor feedings, etc.

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wanted to bring up i have not noticed any more of those little white bugs crawling all over my tank any more.
Their numbers will naturally fluctuate as food becomes scarce/available. Newly cycled tanks have lots of nutrients. I think your water is just "cleaner".
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I dunno if this is correct. I am relatively new to this hobby and I feel silly giving advice, but maybe this will help. I had surface scum on my tank and I just got a second siphon "U" tube (I don't know the name for it, hope everyone understands me) for my overflow. This cleared the problem up instantly as the water flowed much faster from the surface of my tank. Hope this helps.
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