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Old 04-28-2010, 12:52 AM   #11 
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Depending on what kind of "film" we're talking about, it could be trapped gases in your water. Try making a whirlpool with a plastic whisk in the new water the next time you do a water change, vigorously stirring for at least a few minutes. It might help.
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:04 AM   #12 
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Depending on what kind of "film" we're talking about

I will try to remember to take a pic in the morning
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Old 05-01-2010, 12:22 AM   #13 
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I had the same problem when I had my Tetra Whisper 3i filter in my 2.5 gal tank. When I switched my filter to the Tom internal mini filter it cleared up in hours.
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #14 
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I think it's a protein film. I had one in my tank. I didn't have enough water circulating around so it had time to form. BTW you need to clean you tank a little bit more often.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #15 
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It seems that the film is there MORE the first couple days after a 100% water change. The more i think about it, the more it makes sense that its the minerals or the "proteins" in the water seperating and floating to the top. After a few days of skimming there really isnt much anymore (hence the no photo) I just did a 100% change, so i will post a pic tomorrow! :) When i had my filter in the tank i found it was still collecting near the top just swirling around the area where the water re-enters the tank.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:35 AM   #17 
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any one else ever get this on the surface of the water in your tanks?
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:41 PM   #18 
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Hmmm...sort of. Are you using anything that bubbles a lot (i.e. airstone or sponge filter)? If so, then I wouldn't worry about it too much. If not, then I'm stumped.
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Nope....nothing that bubbles at all.

The area i lived in has unusually high levels of hard metals in the water (ie calcium) Im thinking thats what it is. The tank has a hood so im pretty positive its not dust or anything.
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I wouldn't worry too much about calcium, which isn't actually a metal. If you do have hard metals in your water, though, I know that there are a lot conditioners which are designed to neutralize dissolved metals. Too many of those in your water is certainly something to be concerned about.
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