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Bubbles forming on top of my substrate

I have bubbles forming on top of the substrate. I did a water change about 24hrs prior and noticed a fairly thick accumulation of bubbles forming on top of the substrate. During the water change I used a gravel vac and lightly sifted the surface of the substrate picking up poop. I did this throughout most of the aquarium. The interesting part is that the bubbles are only forming in the front section of the tank. This area is also the least planted part of the tank. I am waiting for my Monte Carlo to spread in this area.

I have read online that this is likely gas coming up out of the gravel. I didn't go deep at all when using the gravel vac. Maybe one large grain size deep.

The substrate is ecocomplete
I use flourish tabs (throughout the entire tank)
PPS-PRO fert method
4ml per day api c02 booster
Finnex fugeray planted+ (8hrs) just reduced due to alge growth
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Any help or thought would be appreciated

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Mine does that too. Seems to be a layer of algae that's pearling, at least in my tank.

Only a guess based on the fact that the bubbles only appear after the lights come on, and my tank is so out of balance that I have to peel off a layer of algae from the gravel every month or two.


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Can't see the whole tank, but looks like not near enough plants in there to stop algae from forming. A single piece of fiberglass screen will cut the light by about 30% and
use 7 hrs also. You can split the time into Am hrs and PM hrs for viewing and still
have the 7 hrs.

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Add more fast growing plants!!
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Here is a pic (cell phone) of the rest of the tank. Do you all think that it is still a lack of plants? I plan a rescape and will be adding more/other plants in a month or two.

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Ok definitely pearling alge. I will be adding more plants.
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What are the plants in the back left?

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Hey sorry for the delayed response. Those are giant hygro
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