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    Not sure if I have some sort of algae problem or something else.

    I have been noticing a film floating on my 38 gallon tank.

    I attempted to use a cloth to pick whatever it is off the water. I was able to remove a fair amount. While moving the cloth across the water this stuff kind of bunched up and is white in color.

    What ever this stuff is, it can not be good for the aquarium and it's residents. As I think about it, it almost looks like baby powder. Powder has not been used near it.

    It has been in operation for several years. I am running a Fluval 406 pump/filter system on it. Weekly water changes, very good water parameters. The fish population of this tank is less than half of it's capacity. Fish seem active and healthy. This a planted tank and they are doing great as well.

    The rest of the water is crystal clear. I do get a bit of green algae but nothing not typical.
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    Have you changed anything (plants, driftwood, through cleaning of filters), removed a circulation pump, have any plants flowered (pollen), or you changed a food/feeding?

    If no, then maybe you want additional flow at the surface to re-dissolve the proteins at the surface and run some purigen or carbon to help clear it up.
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    I've found reducing total dissolved solids via water changes has been helpful to avoid protein film and wiping away diatoms. Have you tested your TDS? Tank TDS should be less than 100 points higher than tap TDS. Personally I keep my TDS within 50ppm from tap water average.

    Reducing organic matter is your goal. High TDS can happen easily in a heavily planted established tank. No need to worry except that a heavy film can prevent gas exchange and is why disrupting the water surface is a great suggestion. I'm pretty sure Purigen removes dissolved solids too.
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    Once you skimmed most of it off, did it come back?
    I'd use a piece of paper to skim it off, it's stiffer than cloth.

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    Thanks for commenting.

    At the end of January I installed the Fluval 406 filter/pump. I had left the HOB filter operational so the new filter could become functional. On the 5 th of April I removed it. As I think about it, that filter was disturbing the surface hater. I am running carbon and Purigen in the filter.

    I am not thinking about putting a bubbler in the tank to disturb the surface. Ideas here?
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    Thank you for commenting Kat!

    I am using Purigen in the filter. To be honest, I do not have any idea what TDS means or how to test this. Would you enlighten me please?
    I have never had this problem before or with any of my other 4 aquariums.
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    Thanks for commenting. I attempted removing it yesterday and as of today it has not returned. I will try the cardboard idea and see what happens.
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    Could just be a protein film, usually harmless.

    TDS = Total Dissolved Solids, you can buy a meter to measure it from Amazon for 10-12 bucks
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    Thank you everyone for taking your time to provide me with assistance and information about the issue I was having with my aquarium.

    I was going to take the advice of Agent S and use a thin piece of cardboard and try to skim it off!

    It is completely gone!! Thank you again for all of your advise. If nothing else I have learned about TDS meter. Having 5 aquariums from 2.6 gal. Betta tank to my 125 gallon I would be a good idea to have.
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    Here's the one I have, it's gone up in price a bit since I bought one: https://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-TD...ords=tds+meter
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