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Old 11-21-2019, 05:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wood, tree leaves, and fish food are potential sources of oily film. I use paper towels to remove it. Lay the paper towel across one end of the tank and drag it across the surface toward the other end. Have a bucket or plastic shoebox waiting to drop it into.
I think that's a fleeting solution though, and not as good as something to deal with it consistently and prevent it from accumulating in the first place.
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I think that's a fleeting solution though, and not as good as something to deal with it consistently and prevent it from accumulating in the first place.
Very true, but "fleeting solutions" can be useful in emergencies, like a power outage.
... and its so satisfying to watch it all disappear in 3 seconds.
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IMO, removing the surface scum is a virtually a REQUIREMENT. As mentioned already, it inhibits gas exchange. That's a problem for your filter bacteria and everything else. If you're adding co2, it can trap excess. I now use the Eheim Skim 350 and though I have to clean it weekly, I like it a lot.
The Eheim is my favorite method too, and it will also clear a tank of duckweed!
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I removed the wood today to see if that reduces the film buildup. I’ll post again in a few days and let you know. Thanks for everyone’s comments!
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The problem of scum building up on the water surface has been greatly reduced by removing the wood, although the aquascaping doesn't look nearly as nice now.

Another problem has cropped up, which I'll ask about in a separate post.

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I have a skim350 and it poses a serious risk to fish and shrimps. Within a few hours' use, one of my Corydoras habrosus got sucked into it. I made a guard that prevents this happening. But, on a positive note, the skim350 can do an effective job, albeit fiddly to optimize the flow.

BTW, your name is familiar - UKAPS, perhaps?
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Yes I am on there too.
I have the ADA Vuppa which uses a sponge and float switch to keep shrimp and small
Fish out of the skimmer.
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Yes I am on there too.
I have the ADA Vuppa which uses a sponge and float switch to keep shrimp and small
Fish out of the skimmer.
Thanks for your reply.
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