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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:49 pm Post subject: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 Hi  Friends,
 
 I  see  oil  film  forming  in  my  planted  tank.  Why  is  this  oil  film  occurring?  I  know  that  we  can  reduce  it  by  increasing  the  surface  agitation.  But  then  If  I  increase  the  surface  agitation,  it  will  effect  the  co2  getting  dispersed  of  the  water.
 
 What  is  the  permanent  solution  for  this?
 
 I  had  recently  cleaned  my  canister  filter  after  seeing  the  oil  film  formation.  But  the  film  occurs  even  after  cleaning  the  filter.  Now  what  is  the  problem  behind  this  oil  film  formation?
 
 I  laid  small  bit  of  newspaper  and  took  out  the  oil  film  for  two  times..  But  still  the  film  is  re-occurring.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:53 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 hi..!!
 what  is  the  source  of  water..???
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:25 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 i  got  tired  of  it  too,  it  starts  to  happen  with  a  sizable  fish  load  more  often  than  not.  i  ultimately  started  using  an  airstream  sponge  filter  and  avoided  a  very  fast  stream  of  bubbles  to  avoid  C02  loss.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:43 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 this  could  be  velvet  parasites.a  type  of  killer  skin  disease.  ¬†destroys  fish  gills.  ¬†add  rock  salt  and  keep  changing  water.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:15 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 Shelly,  This  oil  film  shows  up  in  hard  water  (Borewell)  and  also  due  to  bacteria  in  certain  cases,  I  aerate  the  water  at  night  with  Lily  Pipe  and  the  film  disappears.  But  if  i  dont  do  this  for  2-3  days  its  back.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:31 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 did  you  introduce  new  plastic  or  something  into  the  system?
 
 Sometimes,  plastic  has  oily  surface  and  it  takes  some  time  to  go  away..
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:50 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 same  think  happended  on  my  new  setup  but  it  went  of  it  own  in  3-5  days
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:59 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 Dont  worry  it  comes  and  goes  on  most  setups.  Unless  it  is  very  thick  then  you  dont  have  to  worry.  Possible  causes  are  bacteria,  hard  water  salts  and  proteins  &  oil  from  leftover  fish  food
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:09 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 Could  also  be  because  of  the  food.  Did  you  increase  it  or  change  it  recently?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:27 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 Hi  Shelly,
 
 If  you  have  a  presurrized  co2  setup  then  you  can  keep  a  little  agitation  on  the  surface....
 
 if  you  do  not  want  to  take  a  chance  then  install  a  drop  checker,  keep  the  agitation  and  adjust  bubbles  per  second  accordingly.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:16 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 its  not  very  unusual  to  get  small  amount  of  oil  film,  use  surface  skimmer  for  permanent  solution.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:28 am Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 @Shelly,
                     Most  of  these  issue  resolved  when  I  put  in  a  Co2  reactor.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:15 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 @  Suhail,
 
 I  am  using  Bore  water..  Have  been  using  the  same  water  since  I  started  the  planted  tank...  But  I  have  never  seen  this  amount  of  oil  film  forming  in  my  tank.
 
 @  Romi,
 
 I  now  notice  that  this  had  come  after  I  increased  my  fish  load.  Added  some  pairs  of  Cardinal  tetras...!!!!
 
 @  deepakg
 
 Yep..  Using  newpaper  to  remove  the  oil  film..
 
 @  Seetharam,
 
 Now  I  have  turned  the  spar  bar  towards  the  surface  of  the  water  surface.  Now  I  dont  see  the  oil  film  forming...  Smile  :)
 
 @  ajha,
 
 Nope..Increased  fish  load!!!!
 
 @  Vignesh,
 
 Yes.  Increased  the  fish  load  which  in  turn  increased  the  food  given  to  them...!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:23 pm Post subject: Re: Oil film on water Reply with quote

 its  quite  normal  for  a  film  to  form  in  planted  tanks.  that  spray  bar  will  keep  it  at  bay  as  long  as  its  turned  on.
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