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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2010, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Big pile of bubbles on water surface?

I just set up my new 75 gallon aquarium about a week ago and there have been no problems so far, but today when I came home from the movies, there was this big pile of bubbly foam on the surface. There are no fish in the tank yet, only a few plants and some driftwood, and all I have added is dechlorinator and NutraFin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement stuff that the guy at the pet store recommended to get the biological cycle started.

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The brown spot is a bug that got into my aquarium.



I also have these bubbles, but I hear these are normal.


I'm not sure if it could be a cause, but my lighting is two 50/50 65 watt compact fluorescents.

Any help is much appreciated.
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what kind of dechlorinator?
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If any of your plant leaves have died it could be protein scum. That is if you have a source for bubbling such as an airstone or filter creating bubbles.

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I actually did just put in some Ludwigia, and I think some of the top leaves have died, so maybe that's it.
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Assuming it is the leaves, removing them will clear up the bubbles, right?
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Take a cup and put it in the water just under the bubbles and suck them into it. If that doesnt work its not protein. Lokk at the top of your water, with the light on, from underneath. If its rainbow colored, thats protein film.

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mucho strange.

My only guess is the NutraFin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement. It had a weird bacteria or chemical in it that made these bubbles.

It should be harmless. Scoop out the bubbles.


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It does not look rainbow-colored from underneath.
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I removed all the dead/dying leaves, so I'll see if that works.

Thanks for all the help guys!
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Have you added anything else to the water at all? Pimafix and Melafix cause bubbles right after they are added IME. Im sure other similar products could cause bubbles as well.
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I have not added anything else to the aquarium after the first two things.
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The NutraFin Cycle jump started your bacterial cycle, as it should have.
As others said, it's protein scum. In a marine tank this is what a protein skimmer takes out. In a freshwater tank, surface agitation will usually keep this down, after the initial bloom. Scoop it out, or catch in the cup from underneath. IF it continues to build, Then you'll need to look at contamination from something. Perhaps the small bit of lubricant that allows the tank builders to remove glass off the pile.
I like to wash tanks, particularly brand new ones, with a paste of salt and a bit of water. The salt scrubs without scratching and sanitizes.
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BTW, if you do have a skimmer, you can use it to remove the bubbles and such from the tank, but it's not worth getting anything special to do that, since a skimmer is of limited value in FW.
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i wouldnt be surprised if it was NutraFin Aqua Plus. it has things in it to help replace a fishs slime coat. maybe it made a slime coat on the surface
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