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flesxruoyxllik 11-11-2012 08:34 PM

soap bubbles?
ive been home alone all day, havent touched the tank at all today only took a video (

ive kept my hands out of the tank all day. yesterday i added 30 feeder fish, and didnt notice any bubbles. but i see some bubbles building up on the surface behind the ugf tube that uses an air hose the other one uses a tiny power head. i dont see any rainbow effect in them. i am going to remove the bubbles and see if they return. ill post again in half an hour.

seachem should make a soap detoxifiying solution if thats possible.

Diana 11-11-2012 08:57 PM

Do you really think it is soap?
The other (major) problem is ammonia. Adding that many fish will add a lot of ammonia to the water, and it can make the water foamy with bubbles that do not pop, just like soap bubbles. Test for ammonia.

I would do a big water change, either way. Soap or ammonia are both toxic to fish.

Add activated carbon to the filter. I do not know if it helps with soap, though.

flesxruoyxllik 11-11-2012 09:13 PM

i took some paper towels and dabbed up the bubbles they dont look like they are coming back. i watched a bunch of the fish get eaten within an hour. and this morning there are only 6 left (f-ing pig). i dont have an ammoina test or a car rite now so tomorrow i will pick 1 up. maybe lfs put something in the bag of fish? or maybe my net touched some soap in the sink when i was taking feeder fish out of the bag, i dont just pour the whole bag of water in the tank. i need to move my bull frogs so i can get my feeder tank back, then i can add just 4-5 every few days.

BenderBendingRodriguez 11-11-2012 09:27 PM

Most likely a protein film buildup like you see at the beach on the waves. You added a bunch of fish all at once which likely had something to do with it.

flesxruoyxllik 11-12-2012 02:46 PM

just woke up in time to watch the car pull out the drive way, and the bubbles are back twice a much now.

flesxruoyxllik 11-12-2012 06:46 PM

just tested for ammonia came up zero, but i decided to add ammolock anyways incase it was a false reading. dabbed up the suds. got to go mow the lawn hopefully they wont be back when im done.

Jeff5614 11-12-2012 07:17 PM


Originally Posted by BenderBendingRodriguez (Post 2075277)
Most likely a protein film buildup like you see at the beach on the waves. You added a bunch of fish all at once which likely had something to do with it.

+1. Regular weekly water changes ( 50% or better ), vigorous surface agitation to increase oxygenation, a healthy biofilter and surface skimming will get rid of it permanently.

flesxruoyxllik 11-12-2012 08:42 PM

just got done mowing (got it stuck) and i had a little gas spill on my hands so i dont want to do a water change right now is it ok to wait till thursday which is when i usually do a 50 %

HD Blazingwolf 11-12-2012 08:58 PM

yes its okay to wait, but it does sound like the tank is getting full of ogaic content. bubbles of any kind are natures way of handling (icky stuff).. ever notice a froth on a stream next to rapids? that froth will make its way to the bank where it is deposited safely.
in an aquarium, the only way out is a water change.. just remember that :)

flesxruoyxllik 11-15-2012 07:29 PM

did a 50% water change about 4 hours ago, and no bubbles! it looks like it was just protein build up on the water surface. i dont think ill be adding 30 feeders any more, maybe just 20. need to slow down on goldfish and feed more to minnows too.

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