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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2012, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys,

As those of you who followed my thread you may remember that I had my freind look after my tank for two weeks while I moved and all my plants pretty much melted away. I managed to save a few.

Anyway, since setting it back up again I have noticed a lot of bubbles forming on the water. The worrying thing is is when they clump together at once end they look like a form of scum. It doesnt seem to have affected the fish but I am wondering if any of you guys would know what this is.

My water parameters are all the same. I have just started adding DIY fertz today but it started happening about a week or so ago so it is not that. The only thing that is different is I have started adding Hi Tech Co2. I got the Co2 from a reliable, well known company who assured me it is food grade, pure Co2.

So being that that is the only change I am a little confused. Oh I did get another bag of substrate and I didnt wash it first so I thought it might be that but I mixed that well with the substrate thats already in there and while it went cloudy at first that calmed down a long time ago.

Anyways I have added a few pics to see if any of you guys know what this is.

Cheers All!


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post #2 of 4 Old 03-22-2012, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Ok now the bubbles have gone but there seems to be a film appearing on top of the water. It doesnt seem harmless to my fish or snails but it has appeared since starting to feed the plants.

At the moment I am feeding them as follows

3 times a week Sun (after water change) Wed and Sat

Which consists of

5ml of KNO3 from a 250ml solution containing 87g of KNO3 mixed with RO
2ml of KH2PO4 from a 250ml solution containing 30g of KH2PO4 mixed with RO
Dry dose of 7.5g of KS204 mixed up first with fish tank water and then poured in
24ml of Plantex CSM+B from a 250ml solution containing 18g of Plantex CSM+B mixed with RO

This was worked out by using Tex's planted tank blog and Chuck Gadds calculator. Im not adviertising, its just so you know where I am working from.

Anways here is the pic of this film i mamanged to scoop up using a fine net

Please help as it must be something to do with the co2 or the ferts as it has never done this before

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-23-2012, 06:42 AM
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Typically that happens when the surface of the water isn't agitated enough. I got film on my water surface until I pointed the spray bar more towards the surface to keep the water moving.

Your situation might be atypical because of the solution you've been adding to the tank.

What type of filter are you using?

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post #4 of 4 Old 03-23-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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There is actuall ymore movement on the water than there used to be because i took the reactor off the end of the spraybar. I am using a tertatec 1200
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