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Old 10-21-2008, 11:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have my 90 gallon tank running for about 2 weeks now. I let it cycle instantly by rinsing my dirty filter on my old tank. The plants been there about 4 days. I left out of town last weekend and i have to turn my lights and co2 off coz i dont want any problems happening when Im out. When I can back i saw alot of surface scum buildup. This tank has a build-in overflow and dont know why is still have a surface scum on top. I dont have my discus fish there yet coz i still want to make sure that this tank is running smoothly. This tank has a big driftwood that still wants to float but its tied down at the bottom. I will take pictures of it soon. Pls help.
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it bubbly or like a film?
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Old 10-24-2008, 07:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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its bubbly
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If you are using dechlor or other chemicals, it can make the surface appear very bubbly. Just let it run its course and do not add more chemicals
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help surface scum buildup.

thats funny. i never noticed that prime or amquel would do this. if you are adding tap water then you must dechlor. you have a surface skimmer? if not, that will help. when i first planted my tank i noticed alot of what looked like an oily film on my water surface. but very soon it disappeared.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help surface scum buildup.

Your aquarium is still immature and unbalanced, this is to be expected until everything stabilizes.
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Im tired of looking at it and cleaned it up. Now it looks crisp clean. Its been 5 days now and it look like its not comming back coz my co2 is up and running.
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Default Re: Help surface scum buildup.

Glad everything is working out then.

Yeah, sometimes in the beginning of a new tank, I have noticed adding those chemicals sometimes leaves a bubbly surface...

Also Gouramis will do that too! lol
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