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Old 08-23-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Hey guys I am cycling a 5 gallon and put safe start in (it said up to 15 gallons) to help with the nitrate and ammonia spikes. Now about 5 days later there is an oily substance on the surface what is it and what should I do? Could it be because I over dosed the safe start? Help!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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That is called a protein layer and what causes it is not having enough surface movement. If you have an HOB filter drop your water level enough so the outflow drops like a waterfall into the tank breaking the surface of the water. It doesn't have to fall far just enough that it is falling into the water. Laying paper towels on the surface will help remove it but without enough current at the surface the film will come back.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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There is some reason that can happen in the beginning.

I got this oily film in my aquarium when I started it, because I did not rinsed everything before put water in the tank. Oil is often used in aquarium glass construction process... You must rinse everything before you put water.

In my case, the dechlorinator I use is making an oily film at the surface.


Has Rivercats said, it can be caused by a lack of surface agitation.
If surface agitation not solve the problem, if you have a canister filter you might want to add a surface skimmer in the input. (Low cost and effective)

A technique I do that work pretty well is to stop filter, wait 5 min, take a paper towel, and slide it from one side to the other, that should remove a part of the viscous film. Repeat if necessary.

I hope it helped
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Hey guys had this on my filter for less than a week and found this on the filter what is it
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And this is around my filter
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The second one looks like a soapy substance is it marine or freshwater ?
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Did you put sunlight soap in your aquarium ?
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The second one looks like a soapy substance is it marine or freshwater ?
It is fresh water
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Did you put sunlight soap in your aquarium ?
No I didn't
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Did you ever clean the tank with anything
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Otherwise I can't help more of a marine guy
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Just a paper towel when I started it up
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Not that then
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