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post #1 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oily film on top of tank

Hello I need help there is an oily film on top of my water and the water is a bit cloudy and white what should I do?


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post #2 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 04:01 PM
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Hello I need help there is an oily film on top of my water and the water is a bit cloudy and white what should I do?


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i have this same thing on both my 55 gallon tanks but not cloudy i still have no clue what it is
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 04:09 PM
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Mostly likely it is protein film. I get it in my 29 gallon. What size tank is this?? What kind of filter do you have?? Any plants??

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 04:34 PM
quick search lead me to this. Protein Film? (Filmy surface PICS) very helpful.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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45 gallon and 55-75 gallon bio filter one I think lol. And not yet I want to get plants not sure what I want yet though


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post #6 of 6 Old 08-10-2013, 09:15 PM
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So its a hang on the back filter then....so does the water return disturb the surface? What about an air stone?? You need something that will surface disturbances. You can also invert the gravel vacuum and suck it up. Another option is and I have done this several times. Take a paper towel fold it up soo it fits the width of the tank. Then "wipe" the surface of the water. It will get the scum off. Its kinda tricky at first but it is effective at removing it.

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