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Old 10-01-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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Bubble problem

The bubbles going to the surface of the water are making a thick foam layer on the surface, I didn't put any fish in yet, and I also recently conditioned the water yesterday, so...what im really saying is this normal, can i get rid of the thick foam, or is it because of the water conditioning and will it eventually go away? I just have no clue whatsoever

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i get that stuff all the time.

Are you still cycling?

to get rid of it just take a clean paper towl and run it across the top of the water, it should soak it up.

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Old 10-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #3
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I don't mean to threadjack but I am having the same problem. I just setup my tank yesterday and added the water conditioner and it started getting a layer of bubbles along the top. I am using the powerheads on my UGF and it is creating tons of bubbles which are sticking to everything, walls, plants, filters, heater...everything! Is this normal for a new tank with no fish that hasn't begun to cycle?

I am going to be doing a fishless cycle at first.
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Bubbles sticking to areas of the tank and not on the surface is completely normal. Just wait until you do your first PWC . Because the glass is so clean still a biological filter has not developed on the surfaces of the tank (your nitrifying bacteria among other things). Once this is developed you will have a slime coat on the surfaces and you will not see the bubbles stick.

As for the surface this is normally a protein sheen caused by over feeding, disturbing the substrate/filter, or when nearing the end of a cycle when you have a bacterial bloom. Basically leave it alone, it won't cause any problems and should go away on its own, or when you do a water change.
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Another possibility is dust from your gravel. Is this a new tank with new gravel? Anytime I wash gravel, I get a thick white foam the first few times I pour off water from the washing bucket. I believe it is the same effect a protein skimmer has in a saltwater setup. It is harmless & will eventually leave with partial water changes, get collected in the filter or as suggested, you can use paper towels or a fish net to remove it. Good Luck!!
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