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Old 06-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #1 
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Oily water?

Recently I've started noticing an oily film on the surface of my betta's tank. It's there as soon as I put fresh water in for a water change and just tends to build up until I do another water change. I try to skim off as much of it as I can periodically, but can't fully get rid of it. I just put the tank together a week and a half ago for a new betta, and the filmy stuff doesn't seem to be causing him any trouble thus far - he's very swimmy and eats like a little pig. Should I be concerned? Any suggestions for how to get rid of the film?

Tank info - 3 gallon unfiltered tank (it did come with a filter, but I didn't bother with it as I didn't think it was possible to hold a cycle in a tank this size). I keep it heated to about 80*F. I do a 100% water change once a week, using tap water and 4-5 drops of Prime per gallon. Just one betta in the tank, no other critters. Everything in the tank - gravel, silk plants, cave, etc. - was thoroughly rinsed with very hot water before it went in the tank.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:50 PM   #2 
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It's probably a protein film caused by a lack of surface agitation/water movement. A lot of people get them, especially people who keep unfiltered tanks. It's harmless, but unsightly.

Only real way to get rid of it, is to introduce a small filter or air stone.

Also, it is possible to hold a cycle in a 3 gallon tank. You just need a filter with a decent size area for beneficial bacteria to colonise.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:28 AM   #3 
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did you use almond leaf?
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:35 AM   #4 
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Agreed, it most certainly is possible to hold a cycle in a small tank. It's unfortunate that that myth is perpetuated. Use the filter

The film could be a result of the food you are feeding as well. Switching to a higher quality food can solve that problem.

As for removing it, you can get an oil only absorbing pad (auto and boat places will have them) and float it on the surface - it will suck up the oil.


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Old 06-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #5 
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I believe that oily film comes from the water conditioner, Prime....especially if too much is added. I've had it happen with both Prime and Seachem's Betta Basics water conditioner (with the Betta Basics, I ended up with not only the oily surface, but cloudiness and eventually what looked like dissolved tissue "fluff" accumulated at the bottom of the tank....ugh!).
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:11 PM   #6 
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I use prime and don't have such problems with any of my tanks.


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Old 06-03-2013, 02:59 PM   #7 
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Do you have real wood in your tank? Sometimes the sap will leach out and form this film.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #8 
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Yeah I also use Prime and have used Betta Basics in the past, and the only time I get an oily film or scummy surface is if I turn my sponge filters off. Also, sometimes if I add in a new IAL it will develop a coating of slime for a couple of days before it sinks.
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If you have filters operating, it may not be as noticeable. I have over twenty 2.5 gallon tanks (on some the filters are operating, some not...depending on the preferences of the fish inhabitants) and that's a LOT of water changes I do every week. I can say with 100% certainty that it is ONLY when I use the Seachem products that I get the oily film and sometimes, if I accidentally use too much Prime (or, in the case of the Betta Basics, use the suggested amount), I get the cloudiness and, when that settles, the white "fluff" in the water.

I used the Betta Basics only the once.....and when I had to redo all my water changes to get rid of the oil on the surface and the white debris that formed at the bottom of the tanks, I put it aside and have never tried it again. It is possible that I simply got a "bad batch", but I'm not going to buy another bottle of it just to find out. I've had 2 bottles of Prime.....and use it only if I run out of the Aqueon water treatment that I prefer. I know many people recommend it, which is why I bought those 2 bottles.....but what I've experienced with it and the Betta Basics makes me not much of a fan.
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Well then it sounds as though circulation is the answer to the problem.

I keep forgetting that people here choose not to filter their tanks....


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