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Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #1
Hello,

Over the past week, about every 2 days, a bubble appears on the ceiling of my tank. It's a fluval edge tank, so the top is glass and the bubble just sits there.

The bubble appears to be coming from the bottom of the bog wood. The wood was pre soaked, and the gravel underneath it is pretty clean (it's new).

I took it out yesterday to check, and as I moved it a bigger bubble wobbled out, so it seems like something is creating this underneath.

Any ideas what it is, and is it harmful?

Thanks.
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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #2
Any odd smells? Eggy ones for example? Bubbling substrates tend to be hydrogen sulphide being created by anaerobic bacteria building up in the substrate. Can you get the wood out to have a sniff of it? Give the gravel a bit of a swoosh with a gravel vac and see if anything else bubbles. If that is what it is then it isn't good, I experienced this myself with a manky substrate and it gave the fish all manner of health problems
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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #3
I didn't notice any smells, no, but I'll keep a eye out (..or nose?)

Like I say though, it's only a month old the whole set up, so I wouldn't have thought there'd be enough matter to create anything like that. No other explanations though....

What would it mean - new substrate, or just boil the bog wood?

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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #4
H2S just means you need to keep the substrate turned over more often, it is created by the activity of anaerobic bacteria. Either stir it up yourself when cleaning or/and get some malaysian trumpet snails.
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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #5
Ok, thanks for that.

It is strange as it was all turned over on Saturday when I gravel vac'd it.

Like I say it's only one bubble, that comes from the same place every time.

I just smelt one and couldn't get a whiff.
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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #6
I can help with the malaysian trumpet snails - I have 'a few' spare. Let me know if you would like some and I'll get them in the post to you
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Re: Bemusing bothersome bog-wood bubble.... #7
I think you're probably just seeing the effects of water losing some of its gasses. as you know if you leave a glass of water on the side overnight in the morning it's got bubbles stuck to the glass all the way round.
These little bubbles form everywhere but are redissolved and/or escape through the water surface over time so you never normally notice them. In a normal tank that bubble forming under the bogwood would eventually just bob to the surface and be gone. Then a new one would slowly build up. With the closed top design of the edge it just makes the process more obvious.

Keep your eyes open for the problems Cathie and Suey described but I think you'll find that the only fix would be to ensure that the top slopes towards the opening so the bubble can escape when it forms.