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Old 05-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #1 
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Grease like film on water surface?

Just noticed this now, wasnt there this morning or yesterday, last water change on his one gallon was day before yesterday......

tank has a filter and heater
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:01 PM   #2 
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I think its normal...my tanks get it too. I think I read its a protein build-up somewhere. Try wiping down the sides of the tank next time you do a 100% change.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:03 AM   #3 
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I have that on my 2.5 gallon tank. It first appeared when I installed a check valve between the pump and the filter (Tetra whisper 3i). When I remove the check valve the water flows harder and the film goes away. I was wondering about that also.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:23 AM   #4 
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Same here. The film disappears when theres a bigger current/water flow in the tank. Well for me anyway
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:57 PM   #5 
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yea it appeared after i increased the water level in his tank, doesnt seem to bother him so
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:01 PM   #6 
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My filterless tanks all have it. No big deal. It can be really interesting though. Sometimes it looks like a rainbow! LOL!
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:08 PM   #7 
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it's just a build of of micro-organisms, a protien film. It doesn't hurt your bettas, it's natural... just a bit of an annoyance. :) Increased surface movement (a filter), having a top on your tank, or scooping it out with a cup are all ways of thinning it out.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:16 PM   #8 
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I heard some people use paper towel to remove it.
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