? Bubbles in tank Good or Bad?

Larah

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OK so I was told I may need more oxygen in my tank, so I put an air tube onto one of my maxi jets, of course it is creating a TON of bubbles, I know they don't look that great as far viewing buuutttt are they actually good for the tank and it's inhibitants? Or are they bad?
The "looks" are not my concern......:confused:
 

indydog1

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they are just what the dr. ordered. however, very unsightly. an easier way is to just point your powerheads at the surface of the water to break the tension, and that would be good.

with what i read in your sig line, you look to have enough flow for your 50.

who told you that you needed more o2?
 

Larah

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The power head (Maxi jet 1200)is already pointed at the surface, but now it's pushing out bubbles instead of just water...

And I was todl that more oxygenation would help aleviate Cyano....
I di have a bit of an outbreak, a small one, but I think (Fingers crosse, knock on wood and throw salt over my shoulder) that it's cleared up...
Just thougth if extra oxygen helped then I would put an airline onto the Power head...
Oh and yes I run a skimmer, on the outside of the sump...
I'm also currently not using a sock so there's quite a bit of water movement in the sump. The water is just draining down into the sump on top of the cheato ball....

If the extra oxygen is bad then I'll pull the tube.
Or perhaps I should just run it for short amounts of time?
 

indydog1

New member
think of this.... in the ocean the water crashes on the rocks and then you have lots of bubbles.

cyano can be handled by lights out for 3 days.

and cyano is something that is a tell tale sign of a new tank. dont worry.

personally, i would get rid of the bubbles. i dont like the look.
 

Larah

New member
Yeah I know about the ocean.. LOL!
It's so cute how peolpe address me like I'm a child.. LOL! :D
I'm a really old child........
I'm just wondering if the bubbles are harmful or helpful...
It's not that new a tank, (7 months) and I know about the lights out thing with the Cyano too...
I truly don't want to discuss cyano and it's many causes and many cures and what I'm doing arong and how babdly I need DI (I only use RO)... And yeah yeah yeah I know they "look" ugly..
I don't care about any of that at this moment, all I want to know is, are the added bubbles helpful or harmful?
Will they harm my corals and/or fish?
I'm sorry I don't mean to be rude...
I just want the answer to my question not a lecture and not a lesson on asethics....
 

otrlynn

Active member
Well, I'm not an expert but I have been running a QT/hospital tank with an airstone in it for 4 weeks and the fish look fine. The only negative things I have ever read about airstone/bubbles in a marine tank are that they don't look great and can increase salt creep as they break against the tank rim, equipment etc. I don't see how they could be harmful since your skimmer is basically injecting air into the water anyway. Re your maxi pointed at the surface, can you either move it down a little or aim it down a little so that it just "ruffles" the water but doesn't cause it to bubble? I was just messing around with one of my Koralia's yesterday to get that effect.
 

indydog1

New member
sorry larah,
not trying to talk down to you at all.

the bubbles will be fine, just try not to point the flow directly at any corals.

short and sweet this time lol
 

cloak

New member
Your ok with the bubbles. They wont hurt anything. I get a burst of bubbles every five seconds or so with the pumps being so close to waters edge. Kinda cool.

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Skeptic_07

New member
i think it will stress your corals if you have an overbundence of o2 in the water. as the symbiotic algae go through photosynthesis o2 is created inside the coral tissue which irritates the coral tissue and must be expelled by osmosis. When the water is already saturated with o2 this becomes impossible the o2 remains in the corals tissue irritating it. at least this is how it was explained to me.

as for fish i'm pretty sure it wont make a difference to them at all. ive seen a FO tank in a public aquarium (coney island) that had micro bubbles being pumped into it pretty much constantly. i'd like to think that the people who maintain a public aquarium know what theyre doing but you never know...

anyhoo i would get a small airpump and a timer and mess with it that way so you can controll how often the bubbles happen also you can set it up to make bubbles whe your at work or whatever so you dont have to see the bubbles all the time.

HTH!
 

RicksReefs

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if the bubbles can accumulate under a coral, it will burn and kill that area.
the fish don't care one way or the other.
your skimmer is (most likely) already saturating your tank with all the O2 it can hold (and offgassing CO2, which is more important) and adding more bubbles does little to help.

bottom line; it could hurt corals and won't help the tank much at all.
 

Skeptic_07

New member
i just had a thought, fine bubbles in the tank may help to bring more protiens to the surface and then down the overflow to the skimmer. may help with overall skimming a bit better? ideas rick or cloak? probably pointless but i figured i'd just throw it out there...
 

Skeptic_07

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i thought plants in general take in CO2 during photosynthesis and release o2? anyways i guess i shouldnt have posted i dont really have much experience at all with bubbles in the tank.. :eek: i thought i knew something... srry...
 

RicksReefs

New member
DOH! my bad, my brain didn't catch up to my fingers in time.
your right skeptic, lights on produces O2 and lights off is CO2 production (hence the pH drop at night).

where's that embarassed smiley when you need it... :D
 

Skeptic_07

New member
i dunno i was trying to do it too :lol: and all i got was :eek:


edit1- ok now i'm confused! edit2- and now it went back? why forum?
 

Larah

New member
You guys are too cute!
Well.. THANK YOU so much for your advice and words o' wisdom!
I think what I'll do is run the air tube for a few hours then just squelch it down ( it's got an inlet control).. It's just hooked to the maxi jet...
I also think I'll move it off the water surface a bit.. The surface is like white water right now...
Think I should go rafting, LOL!
 

Playa-1

In Memoriam
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12890212#post12890212 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Larah
Yeah I know about the ocean.. LOL!
It's so cute how peolpe address me like I'm a child.. LOL! :D
I'm a really old child........
I'm just wondering if the bubbles are harmful or helpful...
It's not that new a tank, (7 months) and I know about the lights out thing with the Cyano too...
I truly don't want to discuss cyano and it's many causes and many cures and what I'm doing arong and how babdly I need DI (I only use RO)... And yeah yeah yeah I know they "look" ugly..
I don't care about any of that at this moment, all I want to know is, are the added bubbles helpful or harmful?
Will they harm my corals and/or fish?
I'm sorry I don't mean to be rude...
I just want the answer to my question not a lecture and not a lesson on asethics....

Hiya, Lara

I don't think micro bubbles in your display are wise. They can get trapped in and under certain creatures and cause problems. I don't think a few bubbles here and there are a problem but I wouldn't want to see it be a standard operating proceedure.
 
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