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Old 01-05-2014, 10:07 PM   #1 
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It's there something wrong?

My 5 gallon is officially three days old. I'm fish in cycling. I'm getting a foam on the water's surface. I think it might be from the filter, but I'm not sure.
Everything was cleaned before being added to the tank with water. No soap of any sort was added. It's not my conditioner either. I've been using this brand for a year without any bubbles. Also, as soon as I lift the lid it quickly dissipates without my forcing it.
My questions are what is this fish and will it hurt my little guy?
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:48 PM   #2 
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what fish are in right now?
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:03 AM   #3 
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Bubblenest? :D

Though the quickly dissipates part suggests not.. I had a similar thing when my big tank was brand new, and it's gone now. Maybe just a part of the process in some tanks.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:01 AM   #4 
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It's not a bubble nest. I know that much and it's just my betta.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:31 AM   #5 
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I also have bubbles but I've been piercing my substrate to aerate the soil below. Is this normal? OFL said must do if no MTSs are in tank.
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:36 PM   #6 
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It's day number three of bubbles for me. You wouldn't get b bubbles from piercing your substrate (at least not many. You might hit a tiny air pocket). I was worried that it might be something off with my levels. I took my water to the lfs. They said my cycle is complete because I have really low nitrite and my nitrate is above zero. It's only day 5 of this tank being set up. I did use something to speed it. I took all his decorations out of his first tank to help, but I d didn't expect that quick of a set up. I'm buying a kit day after tomorrow. I want to be sure.
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:51 PM   #7 
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Yeah, was kidding about the bubblenest.

Could be some sort of protein film on the surface which is creating enough surface tension for bubbles to form? I had this for a while - the bubbles popped fast, definitely was not detergent, but this went on for a week or so when the tank was new. It cleared up after a few water changes.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:40 AM   #8 
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Yeah I've looked into protein foam. Not 100% but it's likely to be the case
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:51 AM   #9 
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Then why is my betta underneath it guarding? And now I'm watching him actually blow those bubbles. Hmmm.

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Old 01-07-2014, 04:54 PM   #10 
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Yours could be his nest mine wasn't because he's not defending it and it's not going away. It's still there. My filter has been so strong I'm positive now that's my issue. Is there any other way to baffle it more. I already have the flow slowed
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