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Old 08-10-2011, 06:25 PM   #1 
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film ontop of tanks?

why do I get protein film in BOTH of my tanks? One has live plants, the other doesn't. Whats a good way to remove it? does anyone else have this problem?

I use PRIME with water changes
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Surface scum can show up for a number of reasons...generally it is harmless unless it is so thick it impede gas exchange and light for plants....

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Decomp of plant material, oils in the air, on your hands, on the fish food, uneaten food in the tank...tank that are near the kitchen-smoke and oils from cooking can be a cause. poor husbandry-limited water changes or poor vacuuming of substrate.....to name a few common reason

You can use a dry paper towel and lay over it to remove, add filtration or increase water flow to keep it broke up so you don't see it, deep vacuum, increase water changes, wash hand before you work with tank and/or feed, cover the tank when cooking, remove uneaten food, remove dead plant material....etc......
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