Feb 26, 2010 - All tank needs bubblers, especially small fish tanks
We have a small 1 gallon fish tank that is from at least 10 years ago, if not more. The bubbler is way loud, which makes a super annoying buzzing sound.
The filter seems to be an over-achiever; the air pump is causing it to fill the tank with bubbles. The bubbles overflow the small filter and in no time at all, the entire surface of the water is COVERED with a mass of air bubbles. I have skimmed them off several times-the poor fish can't even eat with them there-but each time they come back. If I pinch the air hose off, the bubbling stops, and the water still flows freely; I thought I had found the soloution, and put a couple clothes pins on the hose, but I guess they aren't pinching it off enough, because STILL it bubbles.
I have 36 inches worth of bubble wall in my 60 Gal. The bubbles are much larger and the water level is also kept a few inches from the top lip of the tank so I don't have the mess problem with it. It also needs the extra current for circulation. But for my smaller tanks the Penguin 1500 creates plenty of current. I use an Emperor 280 and a Rena Canister on my 60. The Emperor comes with a slide in media basket and I cycled the 60 with established gravel placed in the basket from one of my smaller tanks. Started with just a few small fish and slowly increased their numbers to limit the mini cycles. It was almost like having an immediately cycled tank.
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Also remember that some fish, including , gourami, and other labyrinth fish, willbuild bubble nests to keep their eggs when they are ready tospawn. Usually the male builds the nest by making bubbles of mucous inhis mouth and then sticking them together at the surface of thetank. These bubbles, however, will usually be isolated and controlled -and tended by the nest builder, rather than being loose and floatingall over the surface of the tank. These bubbles are also usuallysmaller than the bubbles produced by an or by the cascading water from a .As many fish hobbyists understand, providing proper filtration for your fish’s tank is one of the most difficult and expensive aspects of aquarium care. While large tanks require large filters to clean the water, simple bubble filters will suffice for smaller tanks -- for example, those used for bettas and goldfish. Bubble filters are inexpensive and are much easier to install than traditional filters.Precisely how effective are those small bubbles which come out from air stones, or diffusers? A number of aquarists believe that they perform a crucial role inside the with regards to oxygenation and air diffusion of the water, and that this air source is sufficient. When it comes to the rise of DO (dissolved oxygen) in a fish tank, the water surface is one of the main sites where this exchange takes place. Oxygen is blended down into the water; carbon dioxide is released out to the air, not forgetting that other gases readily pass through the permeable surface of water at the same time. This is the principle which our bodies work on whenever we breathe; inhale good air and exhale bad air. It’s the same manner with the fish tank.Fine air stones produce minuscule bubbles, while rough ones produce larger bubbles. You need to choose something that's suitable to the type of fishes you're keeping inside the tank. If you're tending small and slow-moving fishes, for example, it's better to keep the bubbles small as the velocity of larger bubbles may impede the movement of the fishes.