Badman's Tropical Fish

All-Water Boards => Beginner's Circle => Topic started by: hwalton on February 28, 2019, 06:24:50 PM

Title: Protien Build up help
Post by: hwalton on February 28, 2019, 06:24:50 PM
Okay so I have been battling what I believe is a protein build up issue in my 5 gallon Betta tank. Its a clear, oily looking substance on the top of the water, I do water changes every other week and it gets rid of it for a bit but I cant seem to get rid of it for more than a day. My betta starts to look better after the water changes but only for a few days before his fins start to look shredded. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the protein longer? I am about to get a skimmer but I am trying to avoid doing that.

Title: Re: Protien Build up help
Post by: russ on March 12, 2019, 06:37:55 PM
A skimmer will not help in this situation in freshwater. Proteins make up most of the structure of all plants and animals cells. Plants and animals are constantly creating and destroying cells and the proteins that compose them as part of their use of energy (metabolism) during life. Partial water are good, but other items in the aquarium may be causing the renewed slick on the water surface so quickly. This may be difficult to do in such a small aquarium, but you also need to remove as much detritus and mulm from the gravel and also any plant bits and pieces. Another thing to check is what you feed, how much at one time and how often.