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Old 12-11-2013, 12:47 PM   #1 
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Oily water in new aquarium

Hello everyone, a few weeks ago I set up an 8 gallon aquarium--
It has driftwood, Java fern, Java moss and green crypts! There isn't a fish in there yet because the one I am going to put in there has fin rot (bad conditions at pet store)

A few days ago I noticed an oily colorful slick on the surface of the aquarium water
I did a bit of research and this is what I have concluded:
I do have a disturbance on the water's surface, but the only fish I am going to keep in this tank is a betta, and I don't want the water to be disturbed more than it already is

I did a water change with no help,

The only weird thing that I've noticed is this dreadful white stringy bacteria growing on the plastic tubing of my filter... do you think this has anything to do with it? Also the tank is not quite cycled but really close to the end of the cycle, there are a few nitrites last time I checked.

I really don't want the cause to be something that can cause harm to my already weakened fish!
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:07 PM   #2 
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What water conditioner are you using? I used StressCoat and found that it left a similar residue on the top until I got a filter.

And maybe the white stringy stuff is algae? I don't know, I'm just guessing.

Your tank sounds awesome!
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:58 PM   #3 
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I don't use water conditioner because the water
I use for my aquariums is completely pure- so it doesn't have metals or chlorine in it!!
hhhmmm hmmm!!! I'm not sure either!
I removed some with a paper towel, but it is still a little bit there!!
Aw thanks a whole bunch!!!
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:11 PM   #4 
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Posting a pic would be immensely helpful in determining what is growing.

As for the oil on the surface, water change won't remove it unless your sucking the surface from underneath. Otherwise, oil will stay on the surface while you change the water below.

Not sure if you have been feeding the tank yet, but food can leave a residue like that.

The best way to remove it is to get yourself an oil diaper (auto or marine store). They absorb oil and repel water so it will remove only the oil.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #5 
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Ok so here is a picture of the weird bacteria, and as you can see, the water has that oily stuff on top



I had another tube with the stuff growing on it, and it was kind of.. papery? Kind of like wet paper-- but I removed it so that I could take samples to look under a microscope at-- my readings weren't too helpful though

I have not fed the tank yet--
But I have gotten paper towels to remove some of it although it keeps coming back.
Thank you very much!!
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #6 
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how exactly are you getting completely pure water? doesn't most water you buy have minerals in it?

Edit: try taking the driftwood out see if the oil clears up?
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No, most bottled water is RO water. No minerals unless you get mineral water.

I agree, take out the driftwood.
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:50 AM   #8 
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Bottled water is such a racket.

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ok-- driftwood removal then! If the oily water continues to stay, will it hurt my fish at all? I need to introduce him to the main tank soon because I am going out of town
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but yeah the water has gone through reverse osmosis, so it is very pure
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