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Old 01-26-2009, 06:41 PM   #11
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Frankie, the earth's air is around 78% nitrogen, does that make you feel any better? LOL!
I have gas....
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:35 PM   #12
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...I was just wondering about the bubbles because I read somewhere someone was getting Nitrate bubbles?...
Nope... they weren't. And as others noted, nitrogen bubbles are a good thing. The final step in the nitrogen cycle (which is always going on in the tank, regardless of when it was cycled) is the conversion of nitrates to N2 gas. This step doesn't always happen in all tanks. If that's indeed what they are in your tank, then it just means your sand/rock is helping you out with your water changes in keeping your nitrates low. That's the whole theory behind deep sand beds... which as someone noted earlier is an entirely different thread to itself!

I think the timing of your lighting change and the bubbles appearing may just be coincidence.
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Sweet! Well my water changes are about 10to14 gallons every Saturday morning depending on how much water I end up making during the week....LOL... Well I take that is what's happening cause there are extremely a lot of bubble from sand and LR...
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Nice, Please don't over stir your substrate. This will defeat the DSB!
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I hope I am not out of line? I was just about to ask the same question. I have just come to the end of my cycling and I have nitrogen bubbles in my substrate. After reading this I am still confused. i know they are nitrogen bubbles; but do I disturb the substrate and allow the bubbles to escape or do I leave them alone. I am just about to add my fish!
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Just leave them alone let Mother Nature take it's course.
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If you've just finished your cycle, you could just be seeing regular ol' air bubbles finally making their way to the surface through your sand. It takes a while as your sand slowly settles and compacts over time.

Agree... just let it be. Light vacuuming of a DSB is OK, but as thincat mentioned, don't get in and disturb the deeper layers.
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thanks; either way I will leave them alone
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