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Old 01-02-2014, 08:32 PM   #1
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oops! Film on top of tank.

So I went out for a run today when I came home I seen one of my ZOA frags I just payed 35 for face down in the sand..thanks to my lawnmower blenny...gosh he's like a bull in a China shop...anyways I quickly reached in to put it back without thinking and not washing my hands/arms...I think that's where the film came from..how do I get rid of it?

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Old 01-02-2014, 11:53 PM   #2
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Could be the reason. Do you have any surface agitation?
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The film on the top of your water is spare protein and nutrients in the water column. This is removed by filtration such as protein skimming, but can be stopped from filming ontop of the water surface by aiming a powerhead at the water surface.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:28 AM   #4
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Yes I have surface agitation..and I have a skimmer as well..although its only the oceanic version which most people don't like. I really think it's from my arms because I was exercising and didn't rinse it. How do I get rid of it?

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Yes I have surface agitation..and I have a skimmer as well..although its only the oceanic version which most people don't like. I really think it's from my arms because I was exercising and didn't rinse it. How do I get rid of it?

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The skimmer should take it out. If not, then turn off all your pumps and let the water sit for a minute. Then use a paper towel to seep up the oil on top. I found that method a while ago when the same thing happened to me on my nano (no skimmer) and it worked like a charm.
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Yes I have surface agitation..and I have a skimmer as well..although its only the oceanic version which most people don't like. I really think it's from my arms because I was exercising and didn't rinse it. How do I get rid of it?

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I'd be more inclined to say this is nutrients building up in your system and not all being pulled out by your skimmer. I stick my arms in my tank all the time without washing them and it doesn't cause a protein skim to form.
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I'd be more inclined to say this is nutrients building up in your system and not all being pulled out by your skimmer. I stick my arms in my tank all the time without washing them and it doesn't cause a protein skim to form.
So where do I go from here?

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Point a power head at the surface and keep going. I'd check my parameters to make sure things aren't building up. If so, may want to look at your filtration closer or do larger water changes. Feeding less will also help since this will come from oily foods.
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All perimeters checked out..I'll keep an eye on it..it cleared up a lot today
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So this mystery film is back..what now? How can I prevent this?
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