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    macro bubbles..why are they bad?

    I have seen time and time again people complain about microbubbles from thier skimmers.
    Why is this bad?

    I try to search for "why microbubbles are bad" on google and can't find anything.

    So I thought I would ask the forum here.

    So...why are microbubbles bad?
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    we're not positive if theyre bad or not, but we hated seeing micro bubbles throughout our whole tank, it made the tank look cloudy.

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    they aren't bad. There are tons of bubbles on the reef, it just doesn't look good in a tank is why we don't want them. Other than that they cause no harm to anything.

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    They're not bad.
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    There is some concern over some die off from bubbles collecting under coral.

    While shallow water corals routinely see air bubbles, they also have large amount of current washing it away.

    Deep water corals aren't nearly as likely to see bubbles. I don't think the slightest touch of air will kill a coral, but, a large bubble might not be healthy.

    There is also concern about micro bubbles collecting on the gills of some fish.

    As my Wrasse routinely gulps air while surface feeding, and swims off leaving a trail of bubbles, I don't think the Wrasse is in great danger. Other critters like Seahorses are more susceptible to that sort of thing.

    Mind you, there is a difference between truly Microscopic "microbubbles" and the easily visible ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cres View Post
    Mind you, there is a difference between truly Microscopic "microbubbles" and the easily visible ones.
    Yes, "mini bubbles" are the bubbles that almost everybody mistakingly calls microbubbles.
    Whereas microbubbles are the ones so tiny, we cannot see them.
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