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Old 03-03-2012, 08:58 PM   #1 
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film on the water

I just did my weekly 50% water change in my 10 gallon yesterday, and there is a film on the water. I did nothing different, so what's it from?
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:01 PM   #2 
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If your surface isn't broken with a filter it's most likely protein from his food. I cleaned mine off today. I use a cup but I hear paper towel works too.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:15 PM   #3 
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Sometimes, in tanks without lids collect dust on the top of the water.
But if its covered, its probably what Laki said it was.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #4 
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It is covered, but I did baffle the filter right after changing the water. It's not on full flow now, but does have a good circulation and it still has a little film left.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #5 
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I dunno what it is but it happens to me when the filter is not moving the water on top as much. What helps me get rid of them or make them less noticable is having some floating plants like duckweeds etc... and the film just "dissapear" in my tank :) see if you can get some floating plants
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:02 PM   #6 
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Is it harmful in any way? Do I need to remove it ASAP?
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:08 PM   #7 
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don't think so, like laki mentioned, could be from leftover food from b4 or just random stuff in the air (: it just looks annoying. you could try to remove it with a small betta cup it'll get rid of some. How thick is the film? does it look oily (colorful)
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:30 PM   #8 
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It does look oily.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:49 PM   #9 
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yea those are the ones I see in my new tanks, but after the plants they dissapear.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #10 
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I have marimo moss and java fern. In the tank with the big mama java fern (and all 7 babies) the film is not as bad.. In Ludey's tank (he just has moss, no java yet) the film is thicker and goes much faster after feeding.
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