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Old 02-23-2005, 11:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey,

This is the first time in almost 10 years of having aquaria that i have seen this problem. The surface of the water is white. O2 bubbles aren't escaping the surface and now it appears that the gunk on the suface is going mouldy. I have no idea what it is.
To start with i thought it was plant debris/tissue, but there are no plants that could be producing this.

what on earth could it be, and how should i go about dealing with it. Admittedly, surface agitation is almost nil, but i'd like to know the cause of this stuff, and attack that.

thanks for any help,

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Hey,

This is the first time in almost 10 years of having aquaria that i have seen this problem. The surface of the water is white. O2 bubbles aren't escaping the surface and now it appears that the gunk on the suface is going mouldy. I have no idea what it is.
To start with i thought it was plant debris/tissue, but there are no plants that could be producing this.

what on earth could it be, and how should i go about dealing with it. Admittedly, surface agitation is almost nil, but i'd like to know the cause of this stuff, and attack that.

thanks for any help,

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Old 02-24-2005, 06:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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most of us with low surface agitation get it. it was explained to me as stagnant water forming. it is recommended to use a surface skimmer, or just sop it up with paper towels. it's not all that harmful though.
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I have this problem on my grow out tank so came up with a way to suck it off when I do water changes. Check this out.
http://aquabotanicwetthumb.infopop.c...2/m/6001025911

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Old 02-24-2005, 08:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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That's cool Hawkeye, thanks.
Don't suppose you know the CAUSE as well do you??!!
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Old 02-25-2005, 01:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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In my case its a lack of surface turbulence. I could all so come form weak filtration of even lack of bacteria in the filter so there is a build up of protein in the tank.
Mollies are good for eating this scum off the surface too.

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