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Old 05-03-2014, 05:57 PM   #1
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Microbubbles being sent into tank

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We just set up our 16g saltwater tank a week ago. Live rock and live sand as well. Put in a protein skimmer and we thought we had it set up properly but now it's sending out a large quantity of microbubbles into the tank. Any thoughts on how to stop this?

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Old 05-03-2014, 05:58 PM   #2
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We have a NUVO 16 and the AUQA desktop skimmer made for the NUVO 16.
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:06 PM   #3
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Here is a video of our tank...

Micro Bubbles!: http://youtu.be/X1gCZsLi2M4

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Microbubbles are formed from a more 'violent' breaking of the surface of the water, at least in this case. My solution to this is putting cheap panty hose over the return pipe/area to break it up some. This should solve the issue. If it won't stay on by itself, a rubberband will do for this.
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The pantyhose would go on the returns into the tank correct? Not the protein skimmer? Also, the returns are oscillating does that effect anything? Thanks for your help!

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If the bubbles are coming from the skimmer, put it on the skimmer. In terms of an oscillating return, I wouldn't wrap it up or obstruct it in any way.
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Awesome. Thanks so much!

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Amazingly enough, the microbubbles have totally subsided this evening!

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Okay woke up this morning and they returned. The level in the skimmer was down as well. So I readjusted the levels. Bummer!

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