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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-12-2015, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Filter making bubbles

Does any one know why my filter all of a sudden is making bubbles. The bio wheels seem to be producing the bubbles




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I have had bio-wheels for a long, long time. I have seen this before, just not to that extent. Your bio-wheels are not yet loaded with nitrifying bacteria yet. They will turn a brown/green color when they do. Another part is that the bubbles are caused from excess proteins. This is what we call surface scum. You can correct the issue by backing off how much food you are putting into the tank (I am assuming you are doing weekly water changes here), and by lowering your water level so that the water returning into the tank will drive the surface scum back into the water column where you filter has a chance to get it (again). I think the problem will work itself out once your bio-wheels "mature".
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Yeah and this time i put the water level over the lip of the output on the filter to reduce surface aggitation for my co2. And yes my nitrites and nitrates are still a little high. And my filter was in the middle of a cycle before i changed the layout of the tank so i guess the bubbles are a indication the cycle is happening. And i also removed the carbon filters that were in the hob last night

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