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    Surface Scum Solution?

    Everything is going awesomely (is that a word?) with my 10g w/Aquatek CO2 (execept I hate the Aquatek but that's for another time.) The only issue is a persistant surface oil slick. Is there any way to get rid of it without a surface skimmer?I purchased the TOM skimmer to hook up to my AquaClear and it takes up too much space.... looks bad. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    You will need to create some surface agitation to reduce the protein that builds up on the surface. You didn't mention what kind of filter you are using. I'm guessing you are using a canister filter where the outflow is beneath the surface. If you don't like the outflow to create splashes for aesthetic reasons or because it compromises your CO2 injection, I would suggest raising the outflow overnight when you are not running the CO2 then put it back in the morning. I used to do that myself.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc91006 View Post
    You will need to create some surface agitation to reduce the protein that builds up on the surface. You didn't mention what kind of filter you are using. I'm guessing you are using a canister filter where the outflow is beneath the surface. If you don't like the outflow to create splashes for aesthetic reasons or because it compromises your CO2 injection, I would suggest raising the outflow overnight when you are not running the CO2 then put it back in the morning. I used to do that myself.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks. I'm using a AquaClear 20 which has some agitation but I guess not enough.

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    I just came across this seachem hob with a built in skimmer that looks interesting.

    http://www.seachem.com/tidal-filters.php

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    Paper towel along the surface to remove excess. Add a bubble stone to cause surface aggitation. Get a skimmer attachment for your HOB. Creat a diy skimmer with pvc and a power head. Find the cause of the film, usually foods or wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkblazer View Post
    I just came across this seachem hob with a built in skimmer that looks interesting.

    http://www.seachem.com/tidal-filters.php
    That is a cool filter. Thanks

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    Water changes help. I have a skimmer on my CO2 reactor but it is only okay. I have to clear plant debris from it couple times a week.


    Really good reactor though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenzu View Post
    Paper towel along the surface to remove excess. Add a bubble stone to cause surface aggitation. Get a skimmer attachment for your HOB. Creat a diy skimmer with pvc and a power head. Find the cause of the film, usually foods or wood.
    Thanks. I'll try out some of these ideas this weekend. I just don't like the aesthetics of any skimmers in this small of a tank but I may have to go that way. There's a nice little AZOO skimmer that someone recommended that I can just drop in occasionally.

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    You can make a small pool skimmer with a piece of cut hobby project box, make grooves in it, cut a hole in the bottom and attach a sponge and drill a hole in the bottom, and put a small airhose through the hole and out the top, slightly smaller than the hole.

    This will draw the oils through the overflow and into the sponge.

    You can make it as small or as large, obtrusive and efficient as you want.

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    I just got this from Amazon. Azoo Nano Surface Skimmer. Took all of 2 minutes to clear it up. It'll be interesting to see how often I need to drop it in the tank... I'm guessing once a week. I bet it would be a great thing to run all the time for a larger tank. Mine's just too small to keep it in there.

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