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Old 11-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Film on top of my water?

I've recently noticed that Hector's tank has a film on top of his water. I've changed his water twice now and even the new water develops this film in just a few minutes. I noticed because Hector was trying his hardest to build a bubble nest but they would hit this film and actually stay below the water instead of on top and pop. What's this film and how do I get rid of it? Hector seems just fine, no signs of anything wrong that I can see however he is getting quite annoyed at the fact that his bubbles keep popping. Poor guy, he's trying so hard lol
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:38 PM   #2 
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Are you adding anything to his water and how long has the film been there? Perhaps the film is from a medicine or fertilizer or some other thing that has been recently introduced to the water.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:42 PM   #3 
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I use Jungle Start Right for the tap water when I do my water changes. Could it be that?
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:42 PM   #4 
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Never mind. You just answered my question about water conditioner. lol
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Cold it be that I may be using too much conditioner?
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:04 PM   #6 
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That's all I can think off. When you add too much conditioner, the water becomes soapy and thick which make it hard for your fish to use their gills. How big is your tank? How often do you do water changes? How much water do you change? How much conditioner do you add with each change? Sorry for all the questions.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:22 PM   #7 
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It's a 1.5, possibly 2 gallon. I'm not sure as it was given to me. I do a 50% twice a week, once before I leave to go home on Friday, and another on Tuesday. The instructions say so much per 10 gallons so I have to eyeball it and put about a drop in. Would switching to pure spring water help this?
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:59 PM   #8 
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I personally don't think so. Maybe you could try switching conditioner brands. It sounds like you're doing everything correctly. However I doubt he's trying to make a bubblenest if the bubbles are popping as betta saliva used for making bubblenests (not just blowing bubbles) is cement-like and is difficult to pop.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:17 PM   #9 
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Is there aloe vera in the conditioner? I found that stresscoat made my water kind of filmy and it had swirly stuff in it.
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Old 11-02-2009, 09:43 PM   #10 
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Actually yes, it does have aloe vera in it. Is this film Harmful? I just went out on an impulse and bought Hector a 5 gallon tank and the film is still present, while not nearly as thick, it's actually very thin.
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