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Old 07-18-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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air bubbler question

what size bubbles should i have in my tank? i have a flexable bubbler wall and i like to hide it in the gravel so i cant see it, and its giving off huge big bubbles. is it better to have smaller bubbles? or doesnt matter?

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Old 07-18-2006, 11:54 PM   #2
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It doesn't matter. Air stones and bubble wands are for asthetic purposes only.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:31 AM   #3
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well im not really asking if air stone or bubble wands are better, but if the bubbles should be really tiny or large bubbles for intruducing oxygen into the tank.
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Doesn't matter it is the surface agitation they create that oxygenates the water. A good HOB will do the same thing with no airstones at all.
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oh..ic, i have goldfish and my old junk air pump doesnt pump out enough air to bubble up the wand...and i would see my goldfish gulping for air at the surface. i have a 300gph for my 30gal tank and the water surface is constantly being agitated.
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How long has the tank been set up?
What's the temp?
Ammonia?
Nitrite?
Nitrate?

If you have a bubbler going, and an HOB filter, then I suspect it's not an O2 problem unless the tank is too warm. The other thing is a new tank with high ammonia or nitrite. An uncycled tank will kill your fish if you don't keep your ammonia and nitrite levels below 1ppm, preferably .5ppm.
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tank is about 3 weeks just moved old tank water into new tank and fulled it up with dechlorianted water.
zero ammonia
zero nitrite
20ppm nitrate
room temp
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What test kit? Liquid or dip stick? The dip sticks are highly inaccurate most of the time.
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