Layer of plankton??

Discussion in 'Algae' started by bigjohnson503, Sep 7, 2005.

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  1. bigjohnson503

    bigjohnson503 Plankton

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    i have a thin layer across the top of my water. to me it looks like plankton or some type of small algae. i do not see it in the filter portion of the tank, only in the main part. the tanks been running for about 3 months. anyone know what this is and/or how to get rid of it...protien skimmer??
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How is the agitation on the surface of the water.
    Try to point a power head so it ripples the surface.
    That layer could be reducing the amount the tank is able to off gas and could cause a reduction of O2 in the water

    J
     
  4. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

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    Most things nasty are destined to end up on the surface of your water. Protein skimmers take advantage of this and operate on the exact same principle but with a LOT more surface area. It's not a good idea to leave these things in your tank and I would definately recommend a protein skimmer.

    I'm not going to discuss hydrophobicity or hydrophyllicity as this article can explain it a lot better than I can.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010309054900/http://home.mweb.co.za/jv/jv79/reef/skimmers2.html
     
  5. dano

    dano Spaghetti Worm

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    i have the same trouble, and it started right after i stopped using my skimmer. i have to save up some cash for the one i want. but now knowing others are seeing this im sure its the cause.