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Old 01-12-2005, 05:36 AM   #11
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Or you can install a surface skimmer in the filter's inlet.

I am using Hagen's, been working great for 1 1/2 years.

The top will always draw the 1-2mm of water surface and the inlet will auto adjust with water's level.


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It could also be from your dechlorinator - often the ones that contain aloe or other plant products for slime coat will do this.

Inlet and outlet hoses will get gunked up, usually with diatoms but sometimes with light-colored bits too, so it is a good idea to use a hose brush from time to time to maintain good flow. Nothing to worry about.

That's a pretty cool surface skimmer, Vega, and would do the trick in this case since it does not disturb the surface. Normally I recommend aiming the spray bar across the surface to disrupt the film but when running CO2 it's not the best thing, and this solves that problem.

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Good thought, Tankgirl.

I am using Big Al's Multi-purpose Aquarium Water Conditioner... and it contains aloe vera. I trust that over time this will disappear? Maybe I should investigate the skimmer.

Over the years I have not used any conditioner when doing 25% water changes. I haven't lost fish nor seen any deleterious effects. Maybe I should go back to not using any.
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I have used that Big Al's conditioner and is that stuff goopy, or what! That is a real giveaway - if it is viscous and thick then it might gunk up the tank and filter and everything else, and create scum on the surface. I think AquaSafe (yellow bottle) is goopy like that, too.

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