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Weak Bubble Wand?

I have one of these bubble walls, and for some reason one side has way weaker bubbles than the other side.

if i play with it i can usually end up with the other side being the strong one.

whats going on?
why doesnt the air come out of both walls evenly?
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If you are doing a planted tank why do you need a bubble wand?

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im not doing a planted tank.
Im having a couple of plants in a tank of tropical freshwater fish
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This usually happens if the air pump is not strong enough for the water volume/ bubble wand length.
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the pump has enough power, its a Tetra Whisper 100, the wands are new, and like i said if i play with them, i can usually get one side or the other to work, but not both.

it is a 24" wand with 2 pieces, stuck together with one of those little joiners.
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This is very typical of bubble wands. Only sure way to get even bubbles is to pump air into both sides.
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Well ive done that dude.

using another airpump, that isnt as powerful, but i have pumped air through both sides using a single pump and double pumps, and still one side or the other is weaker.

I think i may just buy ANOTHER wand, and see if it works any differntly.
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If no bubbles are comming out other side, use a straight pin to poke new or unclog old holes.
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I had the same problem with a bubble wand in my 10g tank. I poked new holes, didn't help. Tried a stronger pump, didn't help. Eventually I just got rid of it.
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Is your wand buried?

I've found that I get a more even spread of bubbling if the wand is *not* buried. When it's under gravel I always get one side bubbling more vigorously than the other.
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You need a stronger pump. Whatever the pump's rating is, etc., that all goes out the door when you actually hook it up. The type of tubing used, the length of tubing used, how high up it goes, how deep the aquarium is... that all plays a role in actual output. If you have the pump underneath the tank, and the tubing goes up then down into the water, you're going to lose power.

Try a Luft Pump.

Also note that if you let the bubble wands sit running for several days, they usually end up producing bubbles along the entire piece.
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Hypancistrus is right.

Like I said before, it's the airpump. Also, soaking the bubble wand for an hour or overnight before you use it helps too. This info used to be on the packaging of some bubble wands but I haven't seen it lately.
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well ill tell ya right now, im not going to be buying another pump for a while.

I just spent $863 on all the i bought to get this one running and i still need stuff, food, conditioners, gravel etc.
when i go and pick up my undergravel filter some time this weekend im going to get another bubble wand and see if it makes any difference.

as of yet it isnt buried, and also the pump is below the tank, i will be cutting my air tube shorther when i get some mounting brackets to run tubes and stuff.
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Undergravel filters and plants don't work..............

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