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Oily water surface scum, ick!

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Side effect of delicious home made food for lungfish? Gross oily residue on the surface of the water.

I plan on setting up a sump in the next few months (need the money first!) which should help as it will be surface skimming the tank, but in the meantime, suggestions? I don't think it will hurt the fish but my archer fish seems quite annoyed and it just looks nasty. =/

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I had something like this when I first setup my tank not sure where it came from.

Dropped my water level so that the spraybars were breaking the surface and pushing the film down where the filter could then pick it up and filter it out.

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be careful using paper towels on the surface...

while it does work reasonably well if a little messy

make sure the paper towels are chlorine free and additive free

who knows what other chemicals are in the paper

when I get the film on the surface I use my gravel vac upside down like a surface skimmer to suck the top layer until it is clean

works well and you are doing a water change aswell

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