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Plant Bubbles

I started this 1 gallon shrimp bowl a couple of months ago. I cannot figure out how to stop the bubbles from collecting on the sides. The bubbles are coming from the plants so does anyone know how to either stop the plants from making these bubbles or how to make them stop sticking to the glass?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 05:30 PM
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They don't call that plant 'pearlweed' for no reason. haha

I'd say get a different tank instead of a bowl. Or lower your light intensity.


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Maybe that plant is a bad choice. Should I change it to Fern? There's no lighting on it, just ambient light from the room.
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you'll find that the majority of folks here won't pity you for having your plants pearl simply using ambiant room lighting lol. However, plants that pearl less would include (but not limited to)

Anubias species
Most any fern
Mosses of all sorts

Basically look for slow growers and you'll find a plant that won't give off those horrible bubbles so often :-)

*edit* when did you start this tank? If you just added the water/plants then it might die down in a few days on its own. Any time you do a major water change, trim, etc you'll notice a lot more bubbles than normal. The former because water you add back is generally very O2 rich already so the plants don't have to create a lot for it to form bubbles, the latter because the cut stems bubble profusely for the first day or two after a trim.


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It was started in late January. I think I'm going to swap for Ferns. I like the plants but they are hidden by bubbles stuck to the glass.
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you'll find that the majority of folks here won't pity you for having your plants pearl simply using ambiant room lighting lol.
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Try riccia?

Perhaps some sort of invertebrate that travels along the glass would dislodge the bubbles. I suggest a gammarus, they are interesting and quite active tiny shrimp like creatures. They are easy to find in the wild. They get about 1 cm long.

It really isn't a tragedy to have bubbles on the glass.

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