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General consensus on bubbles?

I've seen a lot of nice tanks on here in my short time being here but I haven't seen many with bubbles. Is that just preference?
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I think it interferes with c02 in some way, which many people with high tech tanks use.

I have a bubbler and a sponge filter (also bubbles) in my tank, but it's very low tech.
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"Bubblers" create surface agitation which allows oxygenation of the water. Surface agitation causes CO2 to gas out of the water much more quickly than it would otherwise.

For the most part, bubbles are just for aesthetics in non-planted tanks. Primarily because surface agitation created by HOB filters or canisters provides enough oxygen for the water. In planted tanks, they're really only used when you need to gas CO2 out quickly.


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More than that, this forum tends to have a majority of people that try and create a natural appearance and move away from things that seem artificial such as sculptures, fake decorations, bubble wands, etc.
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I've read the initial post a few times over the last few hours, and I'm just not sure what the OP means by "bubbles". If you (jeremy) could be more specific, we could all probably give a better answer. "Bubbles" created by what, exactly?
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lol, sorry. just bubbles from an airstone.
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ugly,unnatural looking , co2 depleting, not very effective in adding o2
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ok tacky, cheesy
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"completely unnecessary" is the term I think we're mostly looking for.

The question I'd ask in response is why would you want "bubbles" in a tank?

Just as an aside, regardless of the gas type (O2, CO2, or other), an airstone doesn't create bubbles small enough to add that gas to the water column. An airstone does create surface agitation, which allows a freer exchange of gas between water column and atmosphere, but an airstone itself adds *nothing* to the water column.
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Wow you guys are serious bubble haters. I like my bubbles and my fish seem to enjoy them too. Anyhow, if you're running a low tech tank then it really is a matter of preference. My filter isn't set up so it breaks the surface of the water, so these bubblers also help a bit with that. I've had this set up for over 5 years now and my fish and plants are all doing well.

It doesn't have to be ugly or unnatural looking. I have one of those hideous orange "volcano" bubble decorations, but its covered in java fern so you barely see it. It emits a single line (rather than a curtain) of various sized bubbles that I really like alot. My sponge filter also makes bubbles, but it's ugly so it's at the back of the tank where it's not really visible. It runs on a battery backup (so does the volcano) so I have surface agitation and filtration if the power goes out.

He's a very short vid since it's hard to get pics of the bubbles themselves. Note that I recently removed alot of the java fern on the piece because it was starting to block the opening. When it all grows back in you can't see the orange color of the piece at all.

http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b1...bubbles002.mp4
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No bubble-hating here.

I use an airstone in one of my shrimp tanks because it's awkwardly shaped and I can't get enough water movement. Though, I prefer just to run airstones in my water storage tanks to prevent stagnation.


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Wendyjo, that looks really nice.

I don't like bubbles in the tank, extra equipment hanging around and air pumps are loud.


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Yea, lots of bubble haters I like em, oh well.
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I personally love bubbles - not necessarily the full blast that the air pumps create but a slower pace with bubbles coming out of rock work or something similar.
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