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spoot 08-05-2010 08:57 AM

Omega1 = Protein Film?
 
I started feeding Omega1 a few weeks back. Since then I have a constant protein film on the 2 tanks I'm using it for. I don't want to agitate the surface for CO2 purposes. I feed once a day and the fish devour evrything in a minute, very little food makes it to the bottom, and none is left up top. Other than floating paper towels any good methods for eliminating or minimizing the film? I already do the inverted tube when changing water.
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kitten_penang 08-05-2010 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by spoot (Post 439772)
I started feeding Omega1 a few weeks back. Since then I have a constant protein film on the 2 tanks I'm using it for. I don't want to agitate the surface for CO2 purposes. I feed once a day and the fish devour evrything in a minute, very little food makes it to the bottom, and none is left up top. Other than floating paper towels any good methods for eliminating or minimizing the film? I already do the inverted tube when changing water.
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not sure what to tell you actually but you could change what your feeding them or get a protein skimmer :-D

jaysee 08-05-2010 12:09 PM

A skimmer will take care of it. Depending on your filter, there are attachments that will replace the intake tube that have a skimmer built into it.

Byron 08-06-2010 12:34 AM

We're talking a couple of different "skimmers" here. The skimmer attachment that some canister filters have (or you can get) will draw the surface water off slowly, and that does prevent the scum. I used to use these, but the tiny fish kept getting pulled in, and rather than making some sort of screen I just removed them.

The scum is natural, esp will no surface movement. It occurs in some tanks but not others. It is basically harmless, though unsightly. I get it in my Asian tanks but rarely in the Amazon tanks. In the former I too siphon it off during the water change.

I really doubt it has any connection to the type of food. Plants, organics, fish are more likely.


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