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My water has changed appearance! Help
Old 10-25-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
 
Question My water has changed appearance! Help

i have a bgkf a chinese algae eater and 2 angelifshes in a planted 50 gallon tank! 1 week ago the water has started to being blur, and a strange liquid like "white oil" is on its surface... does anyone knows what is happening? :(... thanks!
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
 
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i have a bgkf a chinese algae eater and 2 angelifshes in a planted 50 gallon tank! 1 week ago the water has started to being blur, and a strange liquid like "white oil" is on its surface... does anyone knows what is happening? :(... thanks!
When you say blurry is that from looking through the top of the tank or from the front of the tank?
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
 
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I'm not familiar with the type of filter you are using but if you can create some agitation on the surface of the water, that should take care of it.

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Old 10-25-2011, 01:58 PM   #4
 
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hm... i did it but there wasnt any difference (sorry, i dont the best english)! the water is blurry when i look it through the glasses (in front of) and the white oil appears when i look it from above!! do you know what is happening? thanks
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:05 PM   #5
 
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The surface film is a protein scum. It is caused by organics, and can occur from time to time. I see it minimally in a couple of my tanks, never in others. Regular partial water changes of 50% weekly, good filtration, not overfeeding, and not overloading the fish load all work to keep it minimal or non-existent. When you do the water change, invert the siphon and remove it; this will at least keep it less. Water movement at the surface also helps to keep it from forming, the filter flow directed across the surface, or with a surface skimmer attachment to the filter, depending upon the type, will all help too.

As for the cloudiness, that is likely a bacterial bloom. Same "treatments" as those mentioned above. Plus good vacuuming of the substrate during water changes (not around plants though).

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Old 10-25-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
 
thank you really much!!! :)) !!! that means that i dont need any medicine?
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:37 PM   #7
 
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thank you really much!!! :)) !!! that means that i dont need any medicine?
Correct, no medications or chemicals will help this, only make it even worse.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:54 PM   #8
 
ok!! thanks :)
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