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Old 07-31-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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I need a surface skimmer...

I assume this is protein... on top of my water I noticed an oil or soap slick. Thin layer of something chemically.

I have not used any soap or oil around my tank!

It's either something that came off my skin as I stuck my arm in and worked on the tank, or something else.

1. Is this typical?
2. What can I do to get rid of the slick?
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:33 PM   #2
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Increasing surface agitation will usually cure it.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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Where does it go if it isn't removed?
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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Yeah, point a power head twards the surface, it will take care of it. That happens when the water becomes stagnant.
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My powerhead hits the front wall and makes ripples all over the top water. It doesn't boil the water like bubbles... is this a problem?
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nope sounds like its just right.

I have one pointed towards the top and it just ripples a bit to keep the water moving around.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:52 PM   #7
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I had this problem when I was using a HOB filter.....once i put in an overflow box the film was gone!
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