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  1. #1

    Default Will floating plants help with protein film?

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    I have a protein film that formed on top of the water in my 55g. I was wondering if having floating plants specifically amazon frogbit or duck weed would help get rid of this film?

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    If not those 2 then any other plants that will help with the film, I do skim it with paper, but it comes back so fast!

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    Not much. You'd better find the source of it.

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    Floating plants tend to make it worse by reducing surface water movement. As Talldutchie said, find what is causing the film. In the meanwhile, strong surface agitation like from a power head, airstone or HOB filter will help break it up.

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    I have a film on ALL of my tanks nearly ALL the time (except for the first day after a water change). If you live in a built up city it could just be air pollution...which I suspect mine is (as it forms on tanks that have nothing in them but water).
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    The film on the top of the water is mostly from the foods you feed your fish. You can add a surface skimmer to most canister filters and even some hob filters. That will get rid of the film on the water surface.

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    I have the spray bar of my canister filter spraying at the top, and that helps. I have seen those surface skimmers before, I will check it out.

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