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pendergast
06-23-2010, 05:27 AM
I was woundering what the film is thats on my surface water. and what can i do to get rid of it?

Buzz
06-23-2010, 05:50 AM
More than likely a build up of protein. You can direct one of your powerheads to the surface. Are you running a protein skimmer? What kind of filtration to you have on the tank (mechanical)?

pendergast
06-24-2010, 03:11 AM
I have a fluval 303 canitster filter and a psk100 protein skimmer

Buzz
06-24-2010, 03:32 AM
What size is your tank and what power heads do you have. The film on the surface of the water will hamper you gas exchange. So you can direct one of your power heads to agitate the surface of the water and mix in the film of protein and allow it to be removed by your filtration and skimmer.

pendergast
06-24-2010, 05:11 AM
i have a 46 gal tank, no power heads.

viperfish
06-24-2010, 05:28 AM
Hagen makes a surface skimming attachment for the Fluval http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18652/si1378627/cl0/fluvalsurfaceskimmer it is a very cheap add on and will solve your problem.

Buzz
06-24-2010, 07:19 PM
+1 on the surface skimmer. Also I would look at getting some power heads to get some flow in the tank it will help keep dietrus suspended in the water column and let your filter remove it. They will also help if you are having any algae problems (hair, cyno, ect).

pendergast
07-11-2010, 07:28 PM
thanx guys, i bought a powerhead off of ebay and its crap it hardly moves the water at all. Its a boyu wm-101. came from japan..... what is a good wave maker that is a resonable price???

kien
07-11-2010, 07:39 PM
thanx guys, i bought a powerhead off of ebay and its crap it hardly moves the water at all. Its a boyu wm-101. came from japan..... what is a good wave maker that is a resonable price???

What is your definition of reasonable? In this hobby you tend to get what you pay for.

As suggested already, your tank will benefit from the use of some well place powerheads for water movement. They will help to break down and dissolve fish poop so that it can be skimmed out by your skimmer or filtered out by your filter.

monocus
07-11-2010, 07:57 PM
i bought a nano wave box off ebay for my 220 off of waterki for around $230.i have had no problems with it and it can really move the water around-comparable to the tunze(?)wavebox at $600