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Old 10-17-2013, 05:58 AM   #16
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What is the cause of having a oily surface film? sorry if I am hijacking this thread but emc7 mentioned it, I have never heard of it so I was curious.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:54 AM   #17
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Based on my own experience regarding oily film on the surface; I used to have an oily surface in my 3 gallon tank. At first, my tank came with a canister filter until I switched over to Azoo HOB filter. It did a far better job of removing the film on the surface.

What caused it? I determined it was uneaten flake food. I stopped using flakes and switched to micro pellets and bloodworms (I had 3 Neon tetras) and never got the oily surface since.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #18
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The usual culprit is high-protein food. Some water conditioners & meds do it, too. You can float a paper towel, add aeration to churn the surface or add fresh carbon.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:43 AM   #20
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Careful with the paper towel, some of those have chemicals in them that are not good for the tank.
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