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Old 04-06-2012, 07:05 PM   #1 
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OILY water ?!?!

I noticed that the water has become covered in a oil substance at the top of the tank... and its nasty. Its rather thick. I don't know what it can be from. I have a few pics. What I have in the tank:

-Heater
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I really hope its not the heater. How can I tell what its coming from.
I also Realized when I did a 50% change this week a piece of hair was tangled in the plants so it could be from that? but I'm not sure cause I took it out and the water still got oily after the 50% water change

Here are the pics... someone is quite nosey too as soon as he saw the camera he came up to the top to pose
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:17 PM   #2 
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Thanks for the pics, I'm positive now that's only floating food protein. It happens to most tanks without a surface disrupter. It comes off easily by breaking the surface very gently with a cup. Or you can remove it with a paper towel. But as long as you feed good food, the proteins will keep coming back!
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #3 
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Oh that is interesting. Im glad its that and not a malfunctioning heater or something...

I like your avatar btw very pretty :)
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:27 PM   #4 
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Doing more frequent water changes will also reduce the amount of protein in the water. :)
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:29 PM   #5 
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yuck! yeah I get it too in stagnant water tanks/containers. It usually appears more in areas of tanks with little to no movement, and it ends up like a sludge that makes a bit of a barrier.... There are protein skimmers, which are pretty darn useful :)
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:34 PM   #6 
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When I had turtles I got a 55g tank with fluval power filter, decorations and a protein skimmer for like 120$ and I threw the protein skimmer out bc I didn't know what it wa for!!! I do frequent enough water changes that it's only on my water for a day or two.

Thanks! That pic came out so well, I love it. It's on my screen background too and up close all the details are crystal clear! (regular old digi cam)
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:43 PM   #7 
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love that blue on your fish too.. =D
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #8 
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On mine? Or on Laki's?
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #9 
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Yours although Laki's is purty too :3
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:59 PM   #10 
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LOL thanks! I still can't believe he went from

This to That. I thought I was gonna lose him back then
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