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Old 03-09-2011, 11:08 AM   #1 
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white slimefilm top of water (picture)

I set up my 10 gallon a few days ago for Cleo. Yesterday I noticed a slimy white film on the top of the water and the top side of the tank ( I rubbed it off the side and it was gross and slimey)
What the heck is it?
The only thing new I got was some wisteria plants.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:58 PM   #2 
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It's exactly that...a film. From the air, water conditioner, something on your hands even..Happens in tanks that don't have much water movement on the top. I bet your filter output is baffled?

It's not toxic or harmful..just looks bad!
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:01 PM   #3 
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I have it too don't worry. It's really bad in my 2.5gal that doesn't have a filter and in my 14gal with filter you hardly notice it. It just looks really gross.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:17 PM   #4 
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I never had it in my 5 gallon but now that I upgraded to a 10 gallon, it's there.
Maybe my sponge filter baffle works a little too well!
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:00 PM   #5 
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Lol I get that too... drives me nuts, wish I could scoop it up with a net, lol. XD
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:10 PM   #6 
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Yep, I just take a cup and skim it off on the days I dont do a water change. If you submerge it so that the rim is just below the water level, it creates a vacuum and sucks in all the water from the surface.
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:16 PM   #7 
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Lol I get that too... drives me nuts, wish I could scoop it up with a net, lol. XD
i do scoop it up with a net
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:40 PM   #8 
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you can also use a paper towel
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:03 PM   #9 
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I used to just scoop mine out with a cup, but now, I have perfected the filter speed so it both adds movement but doesn't bother HongBo at all.

It took a good few hours to get it right though, haha.

Thank goodness it's not harmful though, I was kind of worried it would disrupt his ability to access the surface.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:07 PM   #10 
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For now, I took off the sponge baffle..The top of the water wasn't moving at all and was very stagnate looking. I lifted the intake on my filter, so hopefully the current wont be too bad. I will see if the white slime is better in the morning now that I took the sponge off..
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