Airstone Creating Too Many Bubbles? Help

Discussion in 'Air Pumps' started by gilbertsmom, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. gilbertsmomValued MemberMember

    hello! a couple of days ago i cleaned out my betta’s 10 gallon tank & changed out his airstone. when i first turned it on, it created so many bubbles that stuck all over the surface of the tank, covering about half of the top. i’ve since changed out the airstone again & have turned it off since i’m not sure why it’s doing this
  2. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    You need to get a control valve to lessen the strength from your air pump. That will reduce bubbles.
  3. IslandvicWell Known MemberMember

    Put a T-connection in-line to the air stone.

    Add a second short piece of tubing off the "T" and install the control valve to it.

    Leaving control valve closed allows 100% of air to go toward the air stone.

    When you crack it open, some of the air will vent to the atmosphere, thus decreasing flow to air stone.

    This method doesnt place excess back pressure on the air pump's diaphragm.

    This will prolong its life.
  4. CoptapiaWell Known MemberMember

    If the bubbles are floating on the surface, you have a surface film that is stopping them from popping. Lay a piece of newspaper on the surface then lift it off by its middle. Surface films come from oils in the food. The paper will lift it off.
  5. gilbertsmomValued MemberMember

    thank you! can the film negatively impact my fish’s life?
  6. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I don't really think it will, my tank gets biofilm buildup if the flow isn't strong enough, but it gets removed when I do water changes.
  7. gilbertsmomValued MemberMember

    thank you! i guess this isn’t related then, but my fish has become very lethargic for what appears to be for no reason :( i was hoping that maybe this could be why