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Old 09-22-2004, 07:51 PM   #1
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i have what seems to be a cloudy substance on the water surface. it just looks like dust.....this is a fairly new tank, about 2 months. ive been doing regular weekly water changes. i just need to know if this is regular for a new tank, if not....please help. thanks
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Old 09-22-2004, 08:40 PM   #2
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Hi, Welcome to AA!! Do you have a protein skimmer running?
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Its protein. Not a major thing IMO.. I get it from time to time on both of my tanks. I adjust the return overflows for 30 min or so and it sucks it off the surface. Normal in new and old tanks.....
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A HOB skimmer that skims water from the surface will help a lot. Otherwise experimenting with your ph placement should suffice.
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no i dont have a protein skimmer......im a student and i dont have a huge budget, is it necessary to have one? i know that they get pricey....i dont want to be cheap on the equipment either.


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They play a major role in helping to minimize the amount of organics that are processed by the bio cycle. There are folks who successfully maintain a reef without one but more maintenance will be required. There are some DIY skimmer designs out there if you are good at doing that kind of stuff.
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more water movement near the surface can help with this also, start with a ph or 2 within a few inches of the surface...that will help with no skimmer
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