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Old 04-28-2011, 11:50 AM   #1 
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Film on top of water

In my 5 gallon divided tank, there seems to be a film on top of the water. Whenever I do water changes I try to skim it off but it comes back fairly quick.

I am currently using Seachem's Stability to try and get the tank to cycle, if that means anything. I haven't seen this film on any of my other tanks so I don't think it's normal.

Any idea what this is and what I should do about it? Is it bad?
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:01 PM   #2 
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I've heard that if the filter current is slow, that can happen. It means there isnt enough water movement on the surface. Maybe try adding an airstone, since I know with bettas you can't have a high filter current :)
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #3 
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I think I know what you're talking about. Mine had a weird film it looked almost like soap residue. (like when all the bubbles in a bath tub go away.) I had just put a dish in there so I was kinda freaked. It doesn't seem to have any effect on them though.
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Okay good, I have a filter but it is on the lowest setting and I used a sponge to baffle the flow so there is little to no water movement on the surface.

If it's harmless I'll just leave it alone. I had an airstone in the tank when I first set it up but it freaked out my fish (they wouldn't go near it) so I took it out.
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:44 PM   #5 
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most of my tanks have this to dosent seem to bother them
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:38 PM   #6 
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I lowered the water, to increase the 'splash' form my filter. That solved it, and the film went away.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:52 PM   #7 
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Interesting solution. so can we say the film was from lack of water movement?
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:53 PM   #8 
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What you are seeing is a protien film, which is created by lots of little micro-organisms growing. :) It sometimes looks like oil, or a whiteish film on top of the water. It's prefectly harmless as is stated. Water movement and having a top on your tank will reduce the film, though it might still occur. If so, just use a cup to skim it out.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:10 PM   #9 
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Yea, I have the same thing. It has abated after a few days, it was that capatapapta leaf I put in! but its not bad for the fish, it just annoyed me
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:10 PM   #10 
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is there any air stone that you can just drop into it, and let it go for a few days? Or do they need wires and stuff?
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