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White scum on water surface
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Thread: White scum on water surface

  1. White scum on water surface

    Hello Everyone,

    I came home from work today and noticed that the surface of the water had a white scum on it. It was really sticky as well. I siphoned it out and had to use hot hot water to get it off the plastic cup. Does anyone out there know what it could be and if I should worrie about it?

  2. Re: White scum on water surface

    Do u have a sw tank or a fw one?

  3. Re: White scum on water surface

    Hi sorry for not giving all the details. It's a FW 20Gal Planted tank. I also did some reserach and from what I can tell it's common, but I would still app. some input or it. The tank is also in a cycle stage still.

  4. Re: White scum on water surface

    Oh ok. Ive had it before. I think it is excess organic matter on the surface ( skimmers get rid of it but i dont think u need one ) What do u have in the tank to cycle it?

  5. Re: White scum on water surface

    I have two small Oto's and I have two small Tetras. Fish have been in for 2 1/2 weeks give or take.

  6. Re: White scum on water surface

    What are your nitrite and nitrate readings… ( question marks weird ) Also do the fish look stressed…

  7. Re: White scum on water surface

    Is anything sitting on your tank lid in the way of liquids etc...??

  8. Re: White scum on water surface

    I do not have a lid on my tank so no I do not have any liquids sitting on my tank lid.

  9. Re: White scum on water surface

    Missed your response. I checked the Nitrate yesterday and it was 0ppm. I tested the Nirite levels today and they are also 0ppm (it looked like the colour was sightly off so maybe 0.05ppm). To my knowledge the fish seem fine. To be honest not really sure what I would look for in a stressed fish.
    Last edited by krazykarl; 04-16-2009 at 09:11 PM. Reason: forgot to add something

  10. Re: White scum on water surface

    U might want to check your nitrate test kit because its basically impossible for a reading of zero. But u do have very small fish. how much are u feeding them? Also are u on well water or city water?

  11. #11

    Re: White scum on water surface

    how much water movement are you getting on the surface of your tank? are there tiny ripples ? i find that any dust in the air collects on the top of my tanks... both fresh and salt.. i had a tank with killies in it that had very little water circulation in it and i had a slime build up over time.. i also get a patch in my salt water tank where the water movement sends everything into one corner and it looks like an oil film.. its never harmed anything... and every now and again i scoop it out... does this white scum smell like anything? when you scoop it out... does it dry into a powder? are you using baking soda to buffer your tank?
    Found a big spoon to stir with...

  12. Re: White scum on water surface

    Hi,

    I have very little water movement on the surface and I am using Alkilinity up as a pH boster. Could that be the cause of the slim. As for what the slim looks like when it dries I am not sure. Soon as I scooped it out of the tank I rinsed everything with hot water. If that is the cause of it I am only going to use it for adding new fish and then slowly let the tanks pH level out where it want's to.

  13. Re: White scum on water surface

    Oh ok. ya its from the low water movement and the p.h booster. If u can get a hob filter u should be good.

  14. #14

    Re: White scum on water surface

    either a small powerhead to move the surface water or a HOB filter like an aquaclear.. and since u have low ph an aquaclear with a bag of shells in it would be ideal...
    Found a big spoon to stir with...

  15. Re: White scum on water surface

    Thanks everyone for the advice I will try a small power head. I will also try to find some crushed coral and put a small bag in my HOB that is running right now.

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