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Old 02-15-2013, 01:53 AM   #1 
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Sweet smelling film?

Hey, I'm new so if I'm posting this in the wrong forum let me know and I'll move it.
I've got two bettas in separate 2.5 gallon tanks. They have the same heater, filter, pebbles and artificial plants. I set the tanks up at the same time. They've been living in the tanks for a few days. One of the tanks is fine, its staying clean and that boy (Dex) is happy, he's building a bubble nest in one corner. The other one is worrying me. The other fish (Lev) seems happy but hes not blowing bubbles, and there is a cloudy sweet smelling film developing on the top of the tank. What is causing this? Should I do a partial water change even tho the tank has only been there a couple of days? The tank holds pretty well at 79 degrees and I can see the filter spitting out water so I know it's working. The filter is the whisper 3i and the heater is a top fin 7.5 watt. I'm really worried my guy is gonna get sick
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 AM   #2 
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Are there any real plants or anything in the tank?
Sounds weird!
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:53 AM   #3 
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No real plants because the tanks are so small and don't receive any direct sunlight
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:22 AM   #4 
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Maybe it's the pebbles or artificial plants. A few ppl have posted here that some of the aquarium decorations have been toxic to their fish
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:13 AM   #5 
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Well both tanks have the same artificial plants and pebbles in both actually came out of the same package, and my other betta is normal. Should I do a full water change?
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #6 
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I would do a 50 - 75% water change on his tank. Remember fish are different and one tank may need more frequent water changes. With the 2.5 gallon tanks you should be doing at least twice weekly water changes. If your tank is cycling you will have to change the water as the Params dictate.
My tank is 10 gallons and still in cycling stages so I am changing water at least twice weekly myself. I go by the 50%- 75% change. I have yet to do a 100% change on my tank.
There is a great sticky on water changes in this forum. Give that a once over =) Good luck and post pics of your fish babies soon!
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #7 
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Ok, I will do the water change and look over that sticky (: I will post an update in a couple of days whether or not the film has returned. I know they can form protein films pretty easily, I'm just worried about the smell! Its fruity sweet, almost like candy, except I've never smelled candy that actually smelled like that lol
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