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So i tested out my bubble trap today and the bubbles are still in my tank. When the water and bubbles went through the trap they water just pulled the bubles down. I spaced my baffles 1 inch apart. whats going on? when i add the salt will that change in density make the bubble trap work like its supposed to?
 

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I juswt looked your pic. Did you put the sump in with the baffles closest to the water output? If i cant help you you can always put a piece of foam at the botom or something.
 

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Sorry i meant bubble trap not baffle but try and flip it around so the first thing the bubbles hit is the trap. Also you can put foam underneath the pvc that makes the water come out to slow it down or put an elbow on it.
 

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I have the pvc and i am willing to do anything to get rid of these bubbles. There driving my crazy! I cant help but thinking of them constantly! all my hard work, shut down by these little bubbles. I think i have a problem.
But anyway tell me how to get rid of these. I dont get it. the trap was supposed to get rid of the bubbles. Y isent it working? is dosent filter any bubbles. Is my overflow supposed to make these microbubbles? Is it because i used pvc and not the flexible washer hose? Iv been reaserching on the web and i cant find any answers.
 

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Nah bud, you've done everything correct. Your just getting an abundance of bubbles. One quick solution would be to say that you've got to large a pump in your return. It is pulling the water to it so quickly that the bubbles cannot escape.

But I have an idea....
 

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why are you leaving me hanging? But i dont belive my flow is to blame, i adjusted my ball valves to a trickle and the bubbles were still being sucked down throught the bubble trap.
 

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Try doing this with 2 90's and 2 short pieces of pipe. Take your foam from your overflow box and psuh it over the short piece of pipe in the last 90 pointing up. Like this.



Don't glue anything as it's just a test. Even if it works, don't glue anything.
 

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well i tried it and it dident do much. next im gunna try and put a peice of foam in the trap to see if that wills stop the bubbles.
 

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What size pump do I need?

Many hobbyists try to use their return pump to create massive flow in their display tank. This almost always creates microbubble problems. The flow going through the sump should be 3x to 5x the volume of the display tank. Most return pumps can easily provide that much flow without creating any microbubbles. For additional flow, consider a closed loop.

wow i relly messed up. Why dident anyone ever tell me this before i went out and bought a 650 gph hour pump! Well its too late to point the finger of blame, so now i need to find a solution. Any ideas? I know i can slow my flow useing a certain technique but than all my pvc work would be for nothing any i willl need to find a new source for flow in my tank.
 

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You recemended the eheim pump that pumped the same rate. Am i the only one who has had this problem before?
 
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