3 years ago#1
White foamy bubbles! ...
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Why is there white foamy bubbles covering my fish tank like a blanket? My tank is a 10 gallon and I have a goldfish in it. I have a filter and I got the tank about a week ago. Before I put the gravel in, I washed it. In the middle of the tank to the left (near the filter) there's bubbles that look like they are rising from the gravel and to the top of the tank. My goldfish will sometimes go to the top of the tank and (it looks like) eats the bubbles. I love my goldfish and I don't want it to die. Before the bubbles started forming, me and my mom did a water test and everything was perfet. Please tell me what these bubbles are, what causes the bubbles, if I should worry, and what to do (how to get them away. Thank you SO much. I'll put some photos on this too.

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3 years ago#2
Jase
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I am going to take a guess here:

1. Raise your water level a bit more. The Hang-on-back filter is too high above water level and the distance of the downflow from it is generating the excess bubbles.

2. Do a 30% part water change.


Try both of these and its no better by morning, see the receptionist for another appointment


(oh one final thing, is that a snail in the pic where the water hasa clear bit on the top right of the tank?)

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3 years ago#3
Rohan
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What gravel you used? could be some reaction from gravel. Take a few gravels outside the tank and add 2-3 drops of white vinegar.If any reaction takes place then the gravel is not suitable to keep.

Perform a gravel vacuum with siphon and change 50% water immediately.

Could you please share the test results ?

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3 years ago#4
Jase
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Did alot more looking around for you just now to be sure of my previous post would help.

Just raise your water level.. that water line is way too low, and i've seen a good many folk also say that filter sponge in the outflow pipe can help to reduce the bubbles too.., just keep that sponge clean.

The 4th picture is what is drawing my attention to this.

Raise the level, so that the outflow is just slightly above the water line, and you'll see a marked decrease in those bubbles.

Basically its a gas exchange issue at the top of your tank, too much surface agitation.

Add water that has been dechlorinated and standing for at least 15-20 mins, and ensure the temperature is +/- 1-2 degrees of that in the tank.

If the problem does not rectify after this, i'd be surprised.

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3 years ago#5
johnarthur
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That looks like soap bubbles. Please tell me you did not use any kind of soap to wash the gravel or decorations. As Rohan mentioned, it could also be something reactive. You may want to try the vinegar test on the decorations as well as a bit of gravel.

As Jace noted, the large water fall may also be responsible for the bubbles. This is a likely source especially if the filter setup is extra powerful.

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3 years ago#6
Jase
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at first you would think soap bubbles, but i've noted especially that my coldwater tank seems to bubble more with surface agitation since i added an apple snail in my tank, i've no idea why.. tank readings are fine otherwise.

So i reduced my surface agitation a bit and had my filter switch to a bubble curtain underwater anyway, since then bubbles went, and water change made it even better.

I wonder if the snails secret something into the water making it a little more oily perhaps?

Hence my question about a snail in the above tank at all?

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3 years ago#7
johnarthur
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That's an interesting observation. Yesterday while using a Python setup to do several partial water changes, the turbulence of the filling process caused quite a few bubbles on the water surface. They went away quickly.

Maybe we should look into the significantly serious snail slime scenario soon, sincerely so. Most anything can affect water chemistry.

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2 years ago#8
rancon
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Maybe it's making a bubble nest.

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2 years ago#9
hello dummies
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its not a snail its the fish my tank has the same thing
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2 years ago#10
mimireco
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This happen to my 10 gal. tank that was perfectly normal until I used Tetra Correct PH 7.0 product. This product is suppost to hold the proper ph balance and reduce stress. All my tests are fine but the bubbles appeared after I used this product. I did a 25% water change and it lessened a bit, not as bad, but still some bubbles about a quarter of the top. I suspect next week when I do another water change it will be okay. I have a filter pump and an air pump with the stone. I buried the stone in with a lot of gravel on top as not to produce so much pressure and bubbles and it seemed to help. I am new at this but this is what I did. I plan on getting a larger tank next month. I have 2 celestial fish and two gold fish in the tank. I want them to have more room. But they are doing fine for now.

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2 years ago#11
fishies
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Try rinsing the new carbon filter before putting in tank!

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2 years ago#12
mimireco
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Okay here is what I did and all foam is gone. First I changed tanks using the same water. I added another filter, used the same stones, and added water as the next tank was larger. My tank is bright and clear. No foam. I added water conditioner for the amount of water I added. Also, I use bottled spring water.

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2 years ago#13
minnow and danio
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raise your water level its way too low...
the pump is too close to the top and therefore is prducing oxygenated bubbles.

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1 year ago#14
JamesPollard
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So is this concerning will fish suffer from these menacing bubbles?

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1 year ago#15
Mandy
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Lol it's most likely there for the girl fishes to lay there eggs in

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1 year ago#16
wop333
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These are protein bubbles. Water changes and raising your water level should get rid of them but source of the protein should be identified.

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1 year ago#17
Trox
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Did your tank have fish at the time you did I this, to much drastick water changes that will kill the fish not alone kill you're media

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1 year ago#18
Bubble trouble
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I have bubbles all over my tank. I have no idea what they are. They are at the side of the tank all over and all over the tiki guy and the fake plant. My goldfish seems to be eating it every time he gets close to the tank. What is it?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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7 months ago#19
JulieRX1
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I have a 10 gal tank that I treated yesterday w/ an ammonia fiz tab to stabilize the water. Now my tank is a bit cloudy and bubbles all over the top

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5 months ago#20
Kasspa
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These are protein bubbles. Water changes and raising your water level should get rid of them but source of the protein should be identified.

The guy who said this is correct. I have an aquafarm, which is a mini aquaponics system, and basically excess protein (food your fish don't eat that sink to the bottom) cause this. My aquafarm has a little problem with it, adding a snail or two to eat the excess food along with algae will help, as well as this initial reply of just water changes and raising the water level a tiny bit.

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5 months ago#21
mimireco
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It you put a power filter at each end of your aquarium and one in the middle, and use only spring bottle water for fresh water fish, you will not have an algae problem and your tank will stay clean for days longer. When I vac aquariums there is hardly any waste left to vac. Power filters seem to suck it all up. I rinse or change filters when needed. My fish are never sick and are all healthy. You can see my previous post on this subject.

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1 month ago#22
Meine
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This happened to me after using Tetra correct PH 7.0

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