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Old 09-25-2006, 08:14 AM   #1
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Film on top of water

I have a film on top of my water. If I take my finger and skim the top of the water it breaks up the film and if I aggitate the surface with my power filter it gets white/clear flakes swirling in my tank.

Should I be aggitating the surface always?
I had a power filter and a power head running and didn't see a problem and before I left for the weekend I turned the power filter off and know I have a film.
Any idea what it is and what I should do?
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Yes, always point a powerhead up for surfacea aggitation. That should help. I notice when my skimmer gets turned off, I get a collection of gunk on the surface.
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I pointed my phs towared the surface, and that got rid of the oily surface.
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Yes, direct your water flow to break the surface. Also, how frequesnt are your pwc? I get this as well and usually notice it most when I am 1+ weeks past due on pwc.

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Try to get a surface skimmer either Fluval, Aquaclear or other brand. I am using one of this with a hang on back filter on my nano it works like a charm and not expensive at all.
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Thanks, I think I will get a skimmer. I would like to take off my power filter and just use ph and skimmer. My tank is only 3 weeks past its cycle and I have done 2 20% water changes. My ph has an attachment that will allow air to run through it pushing air bubbles with the flow. Should I use this attachment or not?
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I would not as it will cause lots of micro bubbles in your tank. Nothing wrong with that but I always see alot of people complain when they get those.
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Should I use this attachment or not?
I believe it can cause problems in SW fish, like eye problems and a few other things, if I remember correctly. You don't need air bubbles in the tank, proper surface ripple will promote healthy gas exchange and a stable pH.
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