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Old 03-25-2014, 07:27 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Slimy water

I recently put Golden Pothos in my betta tank. It is a ten gallon tank with only one betta in it. I plan to put more fish in there soon. I don't have a fliter in the tank.The water is not as clear as I believe it could be, and after a day or so of cleaning the water, there is a film on the surface of the water. When I clean out the tank, the water is slimy and gross. I have the feeling it shouldn't be...
Do i have to get a pump/filter thing for my betta tank? or will it be okay without a pump/filter? Please help!

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Old 03-25-2014, 07:29 PM   #2 
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It's most likely a protein film. It is harmless but unsightly. You see it a lot of tanks where there is no surface agitation - such as a tank with no filter.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:19 PM   #3 
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A tank lid will help reduce the film.. and retain heat better
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:15 AM   #4 
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A filter would be the best thing for your tank. It will help keep the film from forming as well as keep your fish healthy with less work on your part.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:49 PM   #5 
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Thanks so much. I am going to get a filter tomorrow for the little gal. maybe some tank buddies too.
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