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Micro Bubbles Harmful?

I hooked up a uv sterilizer in my tank last night and it created a massive (tons and tons) amount of micro bubbles in the tank so I unplugged it before going to bed. Just turned it back on this morning. When I google, I get differing info, some say that micro bubbles are harmful and kill fish while others say they don't. Does any one know what's correct?
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I have never heard of a UV sterilizer hurting anything and the bubbles are just air trapped in the unit, so go ahead and plug it in with no worries at all.


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The things I read was that it creates too much oxygen the water and the bubbles attach to their gills and causes damage. Some people said they woke up to a tank full of dead fish. : /
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You can't get too much oxygen in the water, no matter what you do. Water will hold only a limited amount of oxygen in solution, and water saturated with oxygen is exactly what the fish need. The fish die off that "some people" said they experienced was due to something else.

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Maybe a leak in the unit and the fish were electrocuted? That would explain the bubbles also...

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The things I read was that it creates too much oxygen the water and the bubbles attach to their gills and causes damage. Some people said they woke up to a tank full of dead fish. : /
You read that in relation to UVS?

It's said that huge water changes can lead to gas bubbles appearing inside fish and lead to damages/thrombosis/dead that way. But oxygen bubbles in the water seem to be enjoyed by all the fish I have had so far. Some folks go to great lengths to produce these micro bubbles via needle wheel pumps and such.


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