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post #1 of 7 Old 07-29-2012, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
top fin round air stones making tanks foam

ok so recentlt i bought two airstones one for the five gallon betta tank and one for the ta gallon soon to be guppy tank and after i installed the two of them the top of the tanks got all foamy so i'm a bit confused on how to fix that i use a tentra whisper air pump 40 on the 10 gallon tank and a top fin 8000 on the five gallon tank and well after setting everything up and reading the instructions i can't seem to figure out wht there is so much foam on the top of the tank it's ostly the one in the betta tank cause it;s smaller and about half inthe 10 gallon tan that is currently housing two goldfish til next month so i'm wondering is there anyway to resolve it and will the foam harm my fish?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 03:00 AM
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The foam, at least in nature is a reaction to an over abundance of phosphates. So I would do a water change.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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The foam, at least in nature is a reaction to an over abundance of phosphates. So I would do a water change.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 04:52 AM
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The only time I have had foam in any tank was recently during a tetracycline dosing of my tank while at the same time I had been adding ph buffer (raises KH level to help keep ph stable and plants use it too) also I had just finished a 7 day treatment for fungus. So in my case what was the cause? It is anyone's guess, but the foam stopped as soon as I did the water change.
As for you I would still do the water change. Phosphates go up from over feeding, fertilizer (some have more phosphates than others), and presence in the water you are putting in for the water change. If you don't have any clue or doing another water change is out of the question take a water staple to a LFS or better yet a reef specialty store and explain you problem and ask them to test your water. They test for a LOT more stuff than freshwater aquariums.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 12:28 PM
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All good suggestions. I don't have any experience with overdose of phosphates, but is it possible that organic molecules are gathered near the surface, like in a saltwater protein skimmer? I know that organics do collect at the surface.. I would think they are hard to remove. Someone suggested using the vacuum upside-down to get wateer from the surface. Vacuuming the gravel might help in the long run as well. I think a water change is a very good suggestion, taking wateer from near the surface.

Oh, and put in activated charcoal (in the filter). It may or may not help the problem, but in this situation its use is certainly warrranted.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
hmm i will admit when i leave for vaction my mom tends to over feed my betta when i tell her to just feed him once a week so i might end up doing the water change soon but i actually turned off the air stones for a while and thought it was the air pumps being a littlw too high for the tanks but i realized that wasn't the case i'm still motsure if the foam will hurt the fish but i'm not gonna take any chanceds if this keeps up after a water change
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-31-2012, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
hmm i will admit when i leave for vaction my mom tends to over feed my betta when i tell her to just feed him once every other day so i might end up doing the water change soon but i actually turned off the air stones for a while and thought it was the air pumps being a littlw too high for the tanks but i realized that wasn't the case i'm still motsure if the foam will hurt the fish but i'm not gonna take any chanceds if this keeps up after a water change

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