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Old 02-23-2017, 09:27 PM   #1
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Are microbubbles normal in a new tank?

So I just set up my new 210 tank.

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It's been up and running for about about 5 days now. The fish seem to be doing well and my water parameters are good, but I keep getting micro-bubbles which is getting frustrating.

Now, I swapped over all my rock from my 150 and added some more. I swapped over most of my sand, but added some new sand. Pretty much all my equipment was swapped over.

At first, I could see that one of the return lines was getting a venturi from the siphon break. I corrected this issue with some airline under the water line, but I am still seeing bubbles!!!

In my sump, my skimmer (which is 2 years old and swapped from the old tank) seems to be putting out a bunch of micro-bubbles. I have an Oceanic sump so I do have a bubble wall, but I still see some bubbles in the return chamber.

So, I read in a couple places that because it is a new tank with new components (returns, durso stacks, hoses, glass, etc) that micro bubbles may be normal until the components become "wet." Has anyone experienced this?
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I can only comment on freshwater equipment but have never really seen that on new gear.
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I've had small bubbles all over the walls of the last two tanks I set up, I chalk it up to adding 100% new water and the abundance of gases being added/released from it in that process.

Edit: I'll also add I use tap water, it pours from the faucet full of bubbles. It was unsettling at first growing up on well water, but I can watch the cloudy appearance dissipate as the gases release from the liquid in a glass of water. City folk and their gassy water, I tell ya!
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I've had small bubbles all over the walls of the last two tanks I set up, I chalk it up to adding 100% new water and the abundance of gases being added/released from it in that process.

Edit: I'll also add I use tap water, it pours from the faucet full of bubbles. It was unsettling at first growing up on well water, but I can watch the cloudy appearance dissipate as the gases release from the liquid in a glass of water. City folk and their gassy water, I tell ya!
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To be honest... I wasn't too concerned, so I don't have a solid answer Off-hand, I would guess about a week, maybe more. If they're getting on your nerves, I'd just wipe them off the glass!
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To be honest... I wasn't too concerned, so I don't have a solid answer Off-hand, I would guess about a week, maybe more. If they're getting on your nerves, I'd just wipe them off the glass!
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Where do you think the bubbles are coming from - is it possible to narrow it down?
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Hello. I'm new on this site but heres my 2 cents.
Is that tank has only been running for 5 days micro bubbles is normal in my experience. While a tank is becoming established I always get bubbles on walls and equiptment. If your water parameters are good, then I wouldn't worry yet
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