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  • Bubble wand needed?

    So... in my 55 gallon I'm considering getting some sort of bubble wand/stone etc. (anything to make my fish happier/healthier)

    Do I NEED one? I have a Fluval 306 with the intake at one end and the outtake at the other which seems to provide a moderate current throughout the tank (rasboras love swimming against it). I don't think there are "dead spots" and no one is at the top gasping for air.

    I want something a bit more subtle than obnoxious. I was thinking maybe the bubble ring and not a full "curtain"... not sure how LED lights would work, kinda like the idea of blue lights so that I can see stuff in the tank when the main light is off.

    What are you opinions?

    Edited to add more questions:

    So should the bubble thing be on all day? Is there usually a separate timer for the light portion or is it always on?
    Last edited by gingerone; 04-15-2013, 09:19 AM.
    Gingerone's Tanks:
    55 Gal: Harlequin Rasboras x 20 , Panda Cory x 6 , Green Cory x 3 , Oto x 2 , BN Pleco, 3 Mystery Snails, MTS and Nerite x 4
    20 Gallon X-High: FW in process of becoming a Riparium
    Future Proposed Stocking: 15 Coral Red Pencilfish (if my LFS can get them!)

  • #2
    I personally prefer the bubble wands just to keep the surface disturbed as that's where your oxygen comes from. I prefer wands rather than stones, as they spread it out more.
    ~Erin
    10g, 20g, 29g, 55g

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    • #3
      I have a 21 inch aqueon blue LED flexible bubble bar.... it is AMAZING!
      It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
      As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

      ~Anthony

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      • #4
        I have one of the bubble wands in my tank and enjoy the effect of it, I have often thought of getting a few more to do the entire back wall of my tank with it.
        -Jim-

        Originally posted by Albert Einstein
        If the facts dont fit the theory, change the facts
        Originally posted by Theodore Geisel
        Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind donít matter and those who matter donít mind.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pirahnah3 View Post
          I have one of the bubble wands in my tank and enjoy the effect of it, I have often thought of getting a few more to do the entire back wall of my tank with it.
          I thought about that myself BUT after having the bubble wand to close to the back glass...lol no way...
          It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
          As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

          ~Anthony

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          • #6
            I have bubble wands in all my bigger tanks. I keep them on all the time. The fish, especially my cories, seem to love playing in the current. I was looking at the LED ones, but the price scared me away for now. But they are on my wish list for future purchases. I like the way it looks in Anthony's pictures.
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            Lori

            30G, 5G

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            • #7
              I have my bubbles about 5-6 inches away from the back glass
              It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
              As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

              ~Anthony

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              • #8
                I have sponge filters in three tanks, so those take care of the aeration for me. You don't have to have a wand per se, before I got the sponge filters I just had little airstone spheres; just enough to make some bubbles and disturb the surface. For me it's more so there isn't a film on the surface than oxygen exchange, as I have HOBs as well. (Also two of those tanks have bettas in them haha.)

                However my 55 gallon doesn't have any sort of airstone or anything, and it's just fine.

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                • #9
                  Well I ordered the Air pump online but I haven't yet found a wand or whatever that I want to commit to for the price lol.
                  Gingerone's Tanks:
                  55 Gal: Harlequin Rasboras x 20 , Panda Cory x 6 , Green Cory x 3 , Oto x 2 , BN Pleco, 3 Mystery Snails, MTS and Nerite x 4
                  20 Gallon X-High: FW in process of becoming a Riparium
                  Future Proposed Stocking: 15 Coral Red Pencilfish (if my LFS can get them!)

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                  • #10
                    Just a ball rather than a full want is about $1 at petsmart

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gingerone View Post
                      Well I ordered the Air pump online but I haven't yet found a wand or whatever that I want to commit to for the price lol.
                      21" Aqueon Blue LED bubble bar 30 dollars + tax...worth every penny...
                      It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
                      As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

                      ~Anthony

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                      • #12
                        I go about pretty much like Zumi, I have either sponge filters or a small stone in my tanks, I like the idea that they are on so if my filter quits or something the fish won't suffocate. I buy the 50 cent discard a stones and they last like 6 months.
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                        Say what you mean and do what you say. -Alot of people
                        110G, 65G, 10, 300G Pond

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                        • #13
                          The bubble wand tubing on mine is replaceable
                          It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
                          As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

                          ~Anthony

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                          • #14
                            I've been looking at that bar Anthony... on amazon it's about $30.. but I'm hoping maybe it will either go down in price or maybe my local Petsmart will have a sale on them.
                            Gingerone's Tanks:
                            55 Gal: Harlequin Rasboras x 20 , Panda Cory x 6 , Green Cory x 3 , Oto x 2 , BN Pleco, 3 Mystery Snails, MTS and Nerite x 4
                            20 Gallon X-High: FW in process of becoming a Riparium
                            Future Proposed Stocking: 15 Coral Red Pencilfish (if my LFS can get them!)

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                            • #15
                              PetSmart has them for 39.99 here... I went to a different pet store and got it for 30
                              It does not matter if you are right or wrong...
                              As long as you learn and Keep Moving Forward!

                              ~Anthony

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