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excel causes bubbles??

so this weekend, i, slowly, got my tank set up. i planted it last night, filled it up completely, and gave it a capful of excel, just cause.

i woke up this morning and found bubbles in the tank. could they be from the excel??
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No. Something else is causing it.


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Filling a tank from the tap will cause excess oxygen and gases from the tap water to come out of solution, forming bubbles on surfaces such as the aquarium glass, plants, decorations, etc. Water in the tap is pressurized, so air and various gases get forced to dissolve into it. When it comes out of the tap, the pressure is gone, so the gases comes out of solution.


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Is it pearling?

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well i didn't use anything that would bubble to clean with...

it's deffinetly pearling, there's no co2 in this tank, and the plants were planted for only 12 hours, at night, in the dark.

so it could just be from the water??? even tho it's dechlorinated?? is it safe? (i've never had this happen before from the same water)

oh, but i did put new driftwood in there, could the air it's leaking out be forming the bubbles??

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bump, still need to know what's going on with my tank!!!
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They could be from anything. Air trapped in the filter, degassing tap water, aerobic bacteria, change in temperature, that piece of wood you mentioned, anaerobic bacteria, damaged plant tissues, the bubble fairy, etc. I can't imagine it's anything to worry about unless it is, in fact, anaerobic bacteria producing hydrogen sulfide. All the bubbles would come from the substrate in that case.
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i haven't seen any bubbles coming from the substrate, plus, it had been set up for one day when the bubbles appeared, so it shouldn't be bacteria, which hopefully means it's harmless, yay!
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It's very common, from time to time, for tap water to have high amounts of dissolved CO2 in it... I'm thinking last night when you filled your tank was one of these times. I doubt it was the Excel that caused it.
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Whenever you change more than 40 or so percent of your water you will end up with bubbles all over your tank. Some people think it's pearling, but I don't know if that's accurate. It definitely is not from your first dose of excel. Read this forum and hopefully that helps.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...revisited.html
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well, i'm convinced! it's really a relief, the last time i had bubbles like that in a tank was from the ammonia i was dosing to do the cycle, and it's having surfacants. i've been scarred since then.
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Pearling is from plants producing oxygen during photosynthesis. Not likely in a dark tank. Tap water is under pressure and has lots of dissolved gases in it. Under reduced pressure these gases will come out of solution and leave bubbles on everything.

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bump, still need to know what's going on with my tank!!!
You didn't believe my first post? I answered your concern within 2 hrs of posting lol


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well you weren't exactly descriptive i'm one of those detail oriented people that need exact answers
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well you weren't exactly descriptive i'm one of those detail oriented people that need exact answers
I was extremely descriptive. I told you why the bubbles were there exactly, as well as what they were made of.


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