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My substrate seems to be bubbling... It all started when I changed the tank around, which seems to have caused a slight BGA infestation on a portion of the substrate. It seems like the bubbles are appearing just under the BGA slime sheet, but they could be forming lower and getting trapped by the sheet.

So...should I be concerned? Is my BGA perling? :lol:

Anyway, I remember reading that this could be a bad sign. Is there any way I can better determine the cause?

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It can possibly gas building up(methane is it?) from organics decomposing in the subtrate. It happened to me when I was using clay on a 10g. I really do not know how bad it is at low levels, but too much can be toxic,
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Unless it smells bad, it is probably oxygen, created by algae.


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Whatever it is, its not being produced very rapidly so I'm not too concerned about it. The tank doesn't have much of an odor (besides the usual). Still, the gas production is pretty slow...so...who knows?

This part of the tank is pretty cruddy--the glosso is growing there (so I can't vacuum) and crud carried by my little stream tends to settle there. BTW, is mulm usually white? Whenever I stir up the substrate, white crud flies all over the place.
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