02-03-2010, 11:31 PM
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Again, thanks, Byron. I keep reading and re-reading the stickies around here, and sooner or later some of it will sink in.
I understand the reasoning re: the aerator and minimizing filter flow. I turned down the filter as much as recommended by the manufacturer (~50% of max), and I don't think there's that much of a current. I also have the aerator turned down, but it's part of a volcano ornament that I really like, so I really want to keep it on for effect (actually, I've been thinking of putting it on a timer to 'erupt' for 15min/hr, but am wondering if the constant on/off would stress the fish). As much as I want to have live plants, they're kind of tertiary in my tank, after the fish and the 'look' (if I have to, I'll go to plastic or silk plants). My real concern was whether there was something in the chemistry of the water that was keeping the bubbles from popping at the surface, and, if so, whether it was something that I could or should address.