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Old 08-19-2008, 09:36 PM   #1 
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Slim on top of water

Hi we set up a 10 gallon tank so we could mate our betta's the tank has been set up for about 2 weeks. We have a heater in it to.
Well we cleaned out the tank and reset it up day before yesterday and today it has a slimy film on top of the water.
Can anyone tell me what this is and how to fix it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:44 PM   #2 
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if you could get a pic or describe it more it would help but my guess is protein film, skim it off or take a dry paper towel and lay it on top then pick it up.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:02 PM   #3 
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If it is the protein film it want hurt the fist will it?
Never seen it do this before. But this is the first time
that we have had a tank since we moved into the new house.
Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:43 PM   #4 
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if you "cleaned" out the tank and reset it up, it has to "cycle"
google.com type in fishless cycle or read some threads about it on here, you'll learn alot ( that fish keeping is more then adding water and fish )
im not a betta expert but bettas ( 1 male, 1 female ) in a tank will either mate or kill each other. and if they decide to mate, the male will create a "bubble nest" on the water.[/b]
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:33 AM   #5 
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if there isnt any water flow on the water suface a film can build up. if there is a flow from a filter or somthing the film substance cant settle on top.
also it will help if you have some kind of hood/cover. it can be dust from the air falling on top of the water.

i dont think its harmfull to fish. maybe to bettas bcuz they need to breath oxygen from the air from the water surface, and if the film is in their way they cant get the oxygen.
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Thanks for the advice meatpuppet I have turned the filter on to see if it will help keep it cleared up.
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