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Old 11-05-2009, 01:21 PM   #1 
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Question Spit-covered water surface?

One funny thing I've noticed this morning while feeding Desmoda is that the surface of the water has bubbles scattered all over it that aren't moving at all as though they are stuck. I'd understand that they wouldn't move if they were attached to a solid surface such as a wall, but in the middle of the tank? My filter has had a lower amount of flow to it due to some alterations, but particles still move around on the surface due to the water flow. Not the bubbles, though, or even the food as I dropped it on to the surface.

Then, as I watched Desmoda eat, stringy, mucous-like strands either came from him or were in his vicinity. That was when I postulated that, combined with the static bubbles and even static food that I dropped on the surface (usually it goes off with the current), that he may have made so many spit bubbles that the mucus has kind of made a film over the surface of the water. I took some of the surface water out with my turkey baster and there is some more movement apparent on the surface now, so I'm guessing that it is mucus. What supported my idea was that I watched him expel some bubbles out of his gills and they popped instantly as they hit the surface. I also saw him release bubbles from his mouth after taking a gulp of air and they did not pop. It seems like he is comfortable enough to begin making bubble nests or the bare minimum of such. XD There is a small mound of them in the corner of the tank closest to me when I sit at my computer, and they look like they have a film covering them, but more like water has pushed itself over the tops of them, creating a seal-like appearance.

Very exciting! :D
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It's probably just a protein film. Happens to me sometimes if I mess around with the tank and upset the gravel too much, add new decorations, am a few days behind on water changes or set up a new tank. You can use a paper towel to suck it up, but it isn't a big deal especially in a low bioload betta tank where oxygen content in the water isn't a big issue.
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It's probably just a protein film. Happens to me sometimes if I mess around with the tank and upset the gravel too much, add new decorations, am a few days behind on water changes or set up a new tank. You can use a paper towel to suck it up, but it isn't a big deal especially in a low bioload betta tank where oxygen content in the water isn't a big issue.
Okay - that's a great suggestion! That's really good to know. The tank did just get set up five days ago, so perhaps that is the major cause. I had did a 25% water change the day before yesterday, and it hadn't showed up until then. If it happens again with the next change, I'll assume that I'm putting too much conditioner in, as I read from one other post here about a film building even after water changes.

Thank you for the very helpful information!
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