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Old 07-11-2012, 02:58 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Weird film on the surface of betta's water?

I've seen multiple posts about this odd "protein buildup" issue, but it is usually for people who don't have a filter (like my 1.5 gal, I see it there all the time) & tanks with very little current...

The 5 gal I am currently cycling, I have removed the airstone & pump because it was too strong for such a small tank (& for a small betta) but the filter's (my filter came w/ the Aqueon Mini Bow) current seems too gentle...

It barely disrupts the surface!

I know it will be less stressful on my betta, but even after a quick PWC, the next day the film returns!!! Just as ugly & distasteful as always.

Please help, what can I do?

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Old 07-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #2 
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I know it's annoying, but harmless. Use paper towels to get rid of it. Works most of the time. :) BTW, I freakin' love your avatar pic. Fat squirrels! <3
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:07 PM   #3 
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Thank you for replying so quickly! & yes, I love my squirrels... I didn't think my little avatar would fit in with the rest of all these bettas, but I couldn't seem to upload my own picture let alone FIND ONE that was 200x200pixels!

I tried that, but in the end I always get extra dust in my tank, & the film comes back everyday!

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What is a LTB...?
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:12 PM   #4 
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I know, that's the problem. :'( But my Betta doesn't seem to be bothered. Annoyingness... it's not even a word. Hehehe... LTB means LebronTheBetta. It's the 1st letter of every word in my user name. :) Like Oldfishlady. OFL. :)
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:13 PM   #5 
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Does it look like an oily film?
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #6 
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Does it look like an oily film?
Yes!!! But it's not due to fish food or anything like that, since I'm doing a fishless cycle & using pure ammonia...
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:19 PM   #7 
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I know, that's the problem. :'( But my Betta doesn't seem to be bothered. Annoyingness... it's not even a word. Hehehe... LTB means LebronTheBetta. It's the 1st letter of every word in my user name. :) Like Oldfishlady. OFL. :)
Ohh! Like an acronym! Thanks!
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:21 PM   #8 
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I was told it was because I feed live food???

I do not get it on my fluval chi as there is a slight movement on the surface of the water, however in my cube the filter is submersed and does not affect the surface of the water and I get a film on there, if I turn my filter so it points upwards the film disappears
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:02 PM   #9 
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staffylover, the filter that came w/ my Aqueon Mini Bow can't be turned up or any other direction w/o being broken!

Thank you for the suggestion, though!

Where's OFL when you need her???
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if you google "Weird film on the surface of betta's water" you will get several results from this website on the same topic.

I have the same film and I just ignore it
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