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Old 04-04-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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white film/floaters


I don't know how else to describe this..it looks like I have white floaters on the surface of the water. If I try to get rid of them with my net they disperse and are pretty hard to catch. I pointed my power head at the surface but it doesn't really get rid of the white film. Am I doing something wrong? I'm thinking maybe my tank is overstocked? Its a 10g with 10lbs live rock, blue damsel, bicolor blenny, turbo snail, nerite snail and fighting conch. Water parameters are fine. This film just gets on my nerves bc it makes the tank look cloudy. Any suggestions? Oh and I did a 2 gallon water change on Thursday.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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I don't feel your tank is overstocked. Probably just right, though I feel that's too small of a tank for them. 30 gallons is about right for those fish.

Do you have a skimmer or a filter on the tank at all?
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:58 PM   #3
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no skimmer or filter just live rock..the water is clear its the film at the top
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:07 PM   #4
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Can you take a photo? Usually this is something the powerhead would break up.

What sort of substrate do you have? Sand, crushed coral? Could it be from this?
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:48 PM   #5
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no skimmer or filter?
I would really suggest you get these two things, I never got far with my tanks that didn't have skimmers.

You could try scooping the white stuff out with a cup?
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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I'LL try to take a pic...it's only a 10 gallon so I was told I didn't need a skimmer.. I do hav a filter though it's just not running
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:00 PM   #7
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You don't "need" a skimmer. Regular water changes will get the nutrients out. However, a filter or a skimmer does help to get things off the surface of the water.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:58 PM   #8
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okay heres a pic..idk if you can really see it but its the white swirly stuff at the top. It's really not that bad but if I try to get rid of it, it goes all over. I'm probably going to set up my filter again. Thanks for the help
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:59 PM   #9
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@ tcamos- I have live sand
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:15 AM   #10
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thats strange! I have that stuff in my tank, and it's cycling right now!

I've never payed attention to it, wondering what it is though...
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:50 AM   #11
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I have also had that film on my Water.. all I needed to do was adjust my power heads so it pushed it into my overflow..doesnt help your situation, i know. Not sure how to het rid of it other than that. Not sure exactly what it is either.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:04 AM   #12
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A skimmer would take care of that problem, it is most likely organic matter. I feel your pain its hard to get a skimmer that would work for a tank that size. My 10 gallon mantis tank has the same problem but cant find a skimmer that is would work for it. It tank skimmers seem to be to tall and out of tank skimmers to strong. Wish I could help you out a little more.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:09 AM   #13
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A skimmer would take care of that problem, it is most likely organic matter.
I wonder where that organic matter is coming from though...
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:20 AM   #14
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Your fish waste mostly, just general brake down. It has a hydrogen (think it is hydrogen) molecule attached to it and that is why it floats. It likes to seek out air but wont evaporate which is why a skimmer would be helpful. A small hang on back filter with a little carbon could help you out a little with this problem.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:05 AM   #15
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Without touching it I can't say for sure, but like the above state it looks like organics. Probably lipids and proteins. It should eventually go away.

You can facilitate this mechanically though. Either by a skimmer, or by something that breaks up the surface of the water. A secondary powerhead that creates surface agitation is a good idea, not only to break this up but to facilitate oxygen exchange. So that the surface of the water looks like in this video.
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