Bubbles Foam On Water

Jhiggins7

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So I have a bunch of bubbles/foam just sitting on top of my water, what is causing it? I don’t use any cleaner of any sort when it comes to my tanks and around them just to get that one out of the way. I do have a bubbler but it hasn’t been plugged in for some time. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also I just fed them so there is a lot of food still floating at the top
 

Collin Chorba

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What is the stocking?
 

!poogs!

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If you don’t have any labyrinth breading fish, I’d guess inadequate filtration, possibly overfeeding, or feeding too many times a day. Just guesses. Are you filtering at least 5 times the volume of the tank per hour?

Had this problem in one of my tanks. Added a canister filter that increased gph substantially, started using purigen, problem was solved.
 
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Jhiggins7

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Collin Chorba said:
What is the stocking?
I just moved 2 fry(guppy) in there that are about 3 months old, as well as 1 other guppy and 3 otos

!poogs! said:
If you don’t have any labyrinth breading fish, I’d guess inadequate filtration, possibly overfeeding, or feeding too many times a day. Just guesses. Are you filtering at least 5 times the volume of the tank per hour?

Had this problem in one of my tanks. Added a canister filter that increased gph substantially, started using purigen, problem was solved.
I have been worried because my tank is starting to get thick with vegetation and I don’t think the water is getting through it well, I do have an adequate filter but if that is the case I may get a wave maker or something to help circulate the water a bit better
 

kallililly1973

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I would add a small corner sponge that runs on an air pump that should give you adequate surface agitation to get the bubbles to go away.
 

RSababady

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This is a build up from high protein food - like fat on the surface of the water.
I use a JBL Top Clean for fresh water. it pulls the top layer off the surface and pushes into my canister filter.

Are you feeding on high protein food?
 

!poogs!

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Jhiggins7 said:
I have been worried because my tank is starting to get thick with vegetation and I don’t think the water is getting through it well, I do have an adequate filter but if that is the case I may get a wave maker or something to help circulate the water a bit better
Ya, I know what you mean. I had some overgrown hornwort in a 90 gallon at the time and I was wondering if that was contributing. Had an aquaclear 110 and a Seachem Tidal 75 hobs. Never felt like I was getting good water movement. Kept the 110, added an FX4 with polishing filters, purigen, and a heck of a lot more biological filtration which drastically increased flow, and some pruning. The water was crystal clear in 2 days. Bubbles, foam, and murky water gone.

I agree with you on starting with water flow.
 
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Jhiggins7

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RSababady said:
This is a build up from high protein food - like fat on the surface of the water.
I use a JBL Top Clean for fresh water. it pulls the top layer off the surface and pushes into my canister filter.

Are you feeding on high protein food?
I mix it up between shrimp, flakes and pellets. I guess I just have to reduce how much I’m feeding them then or get better filtration, which is also something I’m looking into

!poogs! said:
Ya, I know what you mean. I had some overgrown hornwort in a 90 gallon at the time and I was wondering if that was contributing. Had an aquaclear 110 and a Seachem Tidal 75 hobs. Never felt like I was getting good water movement. Kept the 110, added an FX4 with polishing filters, purigen, and a heck of a lot more biological filtration which drastically increased flow, and some pruning. The water was crystal clear in 2 days. Bubbles, foam, and murky water gone.

I agree with you on starting with water flow.
Yeah it’s tough too because there's so much debris in there that I keep trying to clean out but I can never get it all, and then I’ve been having issues with NO3- so I am reducing how much I do water changes which means the stuff stays in there even longer, ugh the struggle is real
 

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