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Bio-film or viscosity?

Hey guys.

So I have a couple moss balls and a water onion that pearls a lot. Also, my substrate (composted potting soil under a river rock cap), releases a few bubbles too.

Also, the tank is still cycling.

Due to no water movement, I do get a biofilm all the time. I do PWCs once a week.

I clean the film with a paper towel and occasionally agitate the surface with my tweezers.

However, many of the bubbles that come from my aquarium gets trapped under the surface and just kind of hang out all day. At the end of the day, the water directly above my water onion looks like a bubble nest.

Larger bubbles break the surface fine but the smaller ones don't. Is that still a biofilm issue? Or is my water just more viscous than standard water?

Also, if both co2 and o2 bubbles are being trapped, is that a bad thing? Maybe an accidental win?

In the photo, those are bubbles from my water onion.
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Hey guys.



So I have a couple moss balls and a water onion that pearls a lot. Also, my substrate (composted potting soil under a river rock cap), releases a few bubbles too.



Also, the tank is still cycling.



Due to no water movement, I do get a biofilm all the time. I do PWCs once a week.



I clean the film with a paper towel and occasionally agitate the surface with my tweezers.



However, many of the bubbles that come from my aquarium gets trapped under the surface and just kind of hang out all day. At the end of the day, the water directly above my water onion looks like a bubble nest.



Larger bubbles break the surface fine but the smaller ones don't. Is that still a biofilm issue? Or is my water just more viscous than standard water?



Also, if both co2 and o2 bubbles are being trapped, is that a bad thing? Maybe an accidental win?



In the photo, those are bubbles from my water onion.
My thank is few months old and I still get biofilm. What I recommend you to do is buy a surface skimmer like the one in the picture.

It only costs 10$ but it will keep your surface christal clear which is also very healthy for your tank.


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My thank is few months old and I still get biofilm. What I recommend you to do is buy a surface skimmer like the one in the picture.

It only costs 10$ but it will keep your surface christal clear which is also very healthy for your tank.


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I'm assuming OP has a no filter setup dirt tank.

I think what you've been doing with the pwc is correct. You could probably scoop a small amount off the top every day if you're worried about it. It should definitely help with keeping c02 in and as long as you have enough plants in your tank, oxygen should not be an issue. Someone with more experience will chime in I hope.


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@Econde, he can still use the skimmer until everything settles down then he can remove it. A skimmer like this always comes in handy.

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Hi!

I used an air stone and weekly 10-15% water changes on my nano to assist with cycling. Not sure if you are aiming for low tech/no tech. But it helped a lot with the biofilm on my low tech tanks.

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@Econde It is a nofilter tank with potting soil

@kaytie.a.lee I'm going for a no-tech tank. Just the light and a heater if it gets cold. When I skim the surface with a paper towel, I replace the little bit of water that the paper towel takes out with fresh water. Did you only use the airstone for cycling? Did you eventually take it out?
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@Econde It is a nofilter tank with potting soil


@kaytie.a.lee I'm going for a no-tech tank. Just the light and a heater if it gets cold. When I skim the surface with a paper towel, I replace the little bit of water that the paper towel takes out with fresh water. Did you only use the airstone for cycling? Did you eventually take it out?


Hello! I took the air stone out my no tech tank after it fully cycled. I would still get bacterial blooms and white algae once in a while in the beginning but it just helped agitate the surface. Also introduced more floating plants that helped with natural water filtration.


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