Micro bubbles in my tank

bmasculine

New member
Ok so I just finished the build on my 185 bow front and I've been cycling it for a few days now and I'm getting a ton micro bubbles in the display tank. I'm positive that they're coming from my skimmer, where it returns back to the sump there is a ton of bubbles. There's so many it makes the water look cloudy in the tank, if I turn the skimmer off it'll clear up in about 5 min. Is this something I'm just gonna have to live with?
 

Wazzel

New member
If the skimmer is brand new it will take a while for it to break in and function properly. I think mine took 2 weeks before it stopped discharging micro bubbles.
 

myram

#347, 19 years
Do you have a bubble baffle between the skimmer and the return pump?

And like was already said, a new skimmer will take a couple of weeks to "break-in", then the bubbles will be reduced.
 

myram

#347, 19 years
The bubble baffle is 3 plates of glass that are spaced about 1" apart, 2 on the bottom of the tank, and the middle 1" off the bottom. It forces the water to go over - under - over.......making the bubble pop in the process. They are siliconed in place so no water gets by and they can't move.

If you don't have one installed between where your skimmer comes back to the sump and your return pump.............you will always have bubbles in your tank.
 

bmasculine

New member
Thanks for the replies, maybe just something I'll have to live with for now. Maybe check into different skimmer setup eventually.... Or now. Lol
 

myram

#347, 19 years
A bubble baffle is something you have to install before getting water in the sump, the silicone has to set up.

They work great, I get no bubbles at all in my tank.
 

bmasculine

New member
Yeah I got this sump and skimmer setup used for a great price, so I was trying to run it same way as the previous owner. However I'm seeing that there are a few major problems with the way he had this thing setup. First thing I encountered was the huge amount of micro bubbles in the display tank, & no baffle, 2nd I can't seem to control the water level in the skimmer no matter how many adjustments I've made. I think this is do to the fact that the return line returns back to the sump below the water level(terrible idea). So if my sump drops about 1/4" it stops skimming if it comes up 1/4" it overflows. Found that out this morning! So I'm thinking of getting a different skimmer setup.
 

cwschoon

Premium Member
I just put in a JNS VS 1. HOB SKIMMER and the micro bubbles are insane! Should they subsist after the skimmer gets broken in? Any ideas on how long this will take?
Thanks.
 

Wazzel

New member
I just put in a JNS VS 1. HOB SKIMMER and the micro bubbles are insane! Should they subsist after the skimmer gets broken in? Any ideas on how long this will take?
Thanks.

It should go away after the skimmer breaks in. I would approximate 1 to 2 weeks.
 

cwschoon

Premium Member
Thank you Wazzel. I recently moved from Leesburg, VA to Toronto and this hobby, which I have loved for more than 30 years has been kicking my butt!
I kept my 60 and have been running it, since I moved from Leesburg, VA in Oct, to Toronto without a skimmer. Horrible algae.....this looks like a pretty good unit, so far!
Craig.
 
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