oil film on surface, is my aquaticslife skimmer not skimming properly?

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  1. Robert McCreary

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    ive only had this tank under my ownership for a bout a month or 2 its the evo 13.5 gallon. the aquaticslife 115 skimmer came with the unit and worked fine (kindof) I had to install two zipties to the skimmer housing for it to work properly. anyways I have a oil film on the surface of my water. what do you think I should do? p.s. I didn't search for any sticky or bumped threads; feel free to rrecommend any links :)

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    I had the return pump shut off for the purpose of this post.
    I do weekly 10-15 percent water changes ill be doing one tomorrow
    maybe I introduced oils from my hands??? idk
     
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    ^correction I do 25% changes sorry
     
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    Could be oil from excessive feeding (the food) and/or a lack of surface agitation....just my guess
     
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    Try to avoid getting your hands in there, even after washing, your skin oils will get in there. I think the only way to get rid of the oil would be an overflow that eats up the surface. What I did before my overflow when i noticed this was get a gallon bottle and have the power-heads only on one side on that way all that oil was pushed to the opposite side, then i used the bottle to collect that top layer of oil.
     
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    Same thing happens to me after I feed using Selcon. Its just oils from feeding.
     
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    ok i think its from the mysis shrimp. normally i rinse them but the last time i feed i forgot. it fits the timeline perfectly.

    and thanks for the idea benga ill try it

    is a 261gph pump too much for the return/filter
     
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    It could be the selcon, try cutting back on that

    point your power head towards to surface to see if that helps
     
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    Sorry got confused with the 2 orange icons
     
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    I have a still, freshwater betta tank and get some oils on the surface from food. I lay a dry paper towel on the surface occasionally and it soaks up quite a bit of the oil. Good, cheap, quick fix.
     
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