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Old 04-01-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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i have bubbles on the surface

i bought this new 30 gallon aquarium 2 weeks ago or so, the whole system is new with live plants and everything. i filled it with water and left it the whole day till i got the right temperature, so far so good. then i bought 4 fish, 2 tiger oscars and 2 red parrots. since i put the fish in the tank i always had these bubbles on the surface, its like some one put soap in it but when you open the top hood and blow they go away for a few mins. its been like this for alittle over then 2 weeks. is there any thing i can do?? would it be good if i change the water? can you help here .thanks for now hear from you paul
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It could be bubles from the filter or any air stone you have.

To warn you, you are going to get a bit of greif from that stocking list i think. 1 Oscars need at min 50-75 gallon tank, two will outgrow a 30 i'm sure. (I don't know about tiger oscars specifially however)
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hello well i know there gonna get big, right now there just little ones ive got a 75 gallon ready for them im just letting them grow first, but the problem is the bubbles you think if i change the water it would be fine since the fish were only there for 2 weeks
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The bubbles are probably air bubbles. I would high recommend changing the water. I would suggest 35% at least every week with messy fish like you have in the tank. Was the tank cycled?
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il try and change the water atleast 35% and see what happens but it wont do any damage to the fish since theres still new in the tank right?
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As long as the temperature is close the fish will thank you for it. They will also grow faster if you keep the water pristine.
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thanks for all of your help if i need something else now i know where to go thanks alot
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Bubbles on the surface can also mean nitrate problems if you have alot of surface agitation, bubbles formed in a tank with high nitrates will stay and settle.
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From your first post, it sounds as if you added water and then fish a day later. Did you cycle the tank?

The oscars will definately need a big tank in the future (preferably a 75 gal for one or a 125 gal for two). A 30 gal is also on the small side for blood parrots.
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:14 PM   #11
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I had a TON of bubbles in my betta tank and 29 tank at the beginning of cycling. After 4 weeks and a few water changed they are amost gone. NOTE: I do have air stones so that is some bubbles.
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