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Old 03-14-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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Is Creating Bubbles in the tank OK?

What is everyones consensus on adding bubbles to a saltwater tank. Would it be harmful to the fish, live rock, or bacteria to have air fed around live rock? I did a quick search and agree with post that the bubbles bursting will make a salty mess on the hood and lighting which if not attended to can change the salinity of the tank.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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bubblers do nothing that surface agitation doesnt... if your fish arent gasping at the surface and your ph is stable, no need to even worry about adding more surface agitation
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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Another reason for not having the bubbles is salt spray. You would have crusting salt all over the place.
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I'm actually asking for a friend, and I think its more for the look than anything. I just wasn't sure if it could cause any ill-effect to the tank itself.
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thanks for the quick replies, he checked and noticed a lot of buildup and took it out. thanks again.
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Not a problem and welcome to the site.
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He can accomplish much more aeration by pointing a PH slightly to the surface. Bublers just make a mess.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:33 PM   #8
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If he wants the look of bubbles, he might try making some sort of bubble wall with a piece of plexi.
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Also note that excessive microbubbles can cause irritation to the skin of fish causing bacterial problems and other maladies.
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