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Old 07-19-2010, 06:57 PM   #1 
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Flim on surface of water?

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I have 3 smaller unfiltered containers i keep my bettas in, i keep them clean and i change the water once a week and sometimes twice a week using airline tube. A filmy whiteish scum develops on the surface of the water, every day i get if off using a net, careful not to desrupt the bubble nests, but it keeps coming back, what is causing this? i dont mind skimming it off the top and the bettas seem as happy as could be building there nests and they are all eating well, should i be concerned about it?

I would appreciate any help or advice you can give me.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Most likely organic and usually harmless, just ugly....you can use a paper towel and remove it and then increase the water changes depending on the container size, if they are 2g or less-without filtration-100% every other day on a regular basis, also adding airstone or filtration can help keep it broke up so that it is not noticed as much.
Other causes-poor husbandry, oil on your hands and food, and oil, smoke in the air from cooking...
Would love to see pic of your Bettas and set-ups and hear more about your wet-pets.....
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:05 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the help :) i was thinking about an air stone but they are such small containers that im afraid it will move the water to much, i know i should have them in bigger containers, i will eventually get there. I'll see if i can post some pictures.
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How big are your tanks? if they are 1g or less-making 100% water changes every other day should take care of it and this will also help to keep the water quality at levels to prevent most health and fin issues.
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2 of them are less than a gallon but the one in the first picture has a gallon of water in it, i have no problem making water changes every other day, and i plan on getting bigger tanks for them all with filters and heaters.
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