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Old 09-07-2012, 02:32 AM   #1 
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Filter creating micro bubbles all over tank

I have my azoo filter settings on semi high right now, and I've notice that the water motion is creating super micro fine bubbles all around the tank.

is this detrimental in any way?

here's a video. you san see very small bubbles floating upwards. Ignore th fish lol, I'm just giving him something to do other than hunt down my last surviving RCS.

you can also see how the fine bubbles are floating at the water surface. I'm pretty sure Kuro isnt affect by it, but what about plants and inverts?

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/e...5247CF12B8.mp4
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:52 AM   #2 
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They could also be the bubbles of a bubble nest.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:29 AM   #3 
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Bettas cannot make such fine bubbles. and it's in the water...

I know where it comes from, I just dont know whether it'll be bad for anything
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:29 AM   #4 
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I wouldn't worry about it. The bubbles on the surface can be wiped away with a cloth or paper towel.. or left alone, up to you. It won't hurt the bettas or the inverts, and might be from the plants, but I can't say for sure.

In large heavily planted tanks bubbles are common as plants give off oxygen. But this is probably just the filter. Either way, it's not a problem :)
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #5 
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Nope, I like bubbles like that.

  • Means the water is getting nice & agitated or the bubbles are created by the filter's impeller. These bubbles are harmless. They're filled with oxygen or carbon, not toxic gases.
  • I love to turn up the filters to full power so it looks like the RAGING RAPIDS in my tanks.
  • However with a betta, I do have to lower it slightly to be considerate of them.
  • Going to have to find a nice balance between the two though.
  • As everyone knows fast currents & long finned bettas don't usually mix.
  • I'm trying to see if any of my bettas like the currents since they're all slightly different.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #6 
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nice to know :)
I actually want to get a stronger filter for Kuro. He's got quite some muscles at this point...
I was thinking that it is possible to slowly condition him to a high current.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #7 
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Each fish is different. You would have to test him/her out to see if they mind it or not.

I would assume you have to slowly upgrade them little by little so their muscles have time to develop.

That's why I always recommend the filters with a water flow control option. The Tetra/Aqueon brand filters are horrible at it.

AquaClears seem like their the best so far @ restricting flow without noise, but they consume more energy.

  • AquaClear 150 aka 30 = 4 watts
  • Aqueon 10 QuietFlow = 1 watt
  • BioWheel Emperor 400 = 4 watts
  • If you compare those numbers, it's nothing compared to running a heater.
  • That's why I plugged in 5 HOB filters when I was cycling.
  • The 5 filters all used less energy than the 25W heater.
  • I haven't tested the Whispers yet, but I'm sure they're in the 2-3 watt range.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #8 
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I think the energy required to heat an entire tank is much higher than that needed to create a motor. after all, all you'd need is an electric current and a magnet.

Which makes me wonder how the 7w heaters work at all... :/

I'm tempted to get the marina i25 internal filter for a 5 gallon... any ideas on how that one works?
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:21 AM   #9 
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Do your comparisons here.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/fish-s...ps/c/3578/3579

  • I have this one. ReptoFilter - 10i from Tetra = uses 4 watts electricity, the monster version of the Whisper 3i filter that comes inside the Tetra WaterWonders 1.5G kit.
  • I just snapped off the bottom half of this reptofilter thing by accident. Didn't know it could open up like that for a good cleaning It has a impeller that's currently wrapped up with brown hair.
I'll post pictures later this evening.
  • The Marina one you mentioned I don't think has any SERVICEABLE parts. So that would make it a piece of garbage in my eyes.

I don't like to spend money on garbage.

http://www.entirelypets.com/rptointn...:referralID=NA
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #10 
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just got one for $3 with free shipping. price of an experiment....
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