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I was browsing some of the FB African Cichlid Groups and I havent seen so many air bubbles since 1986 when the trend was undergravel filters. I must be missing something. Is bubbling air making a comeback? I personnaly like my tanks as silent as possible and the constant bubbling would wear on me. I think I get the economics of running an air header and sponge filters if you have a fish room or a fish store. But as a hobbyiest, whats up with this?
 

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I guess it's down to preference, it's not something you need as long as you have enough surface agitation I guess.
Having said that I do have a small bubbler, it's easy for me then to swap this for a box/sponge filter when I'm seeding ready for new tanks.
As for noise mines hardly noticeable, Oase air pump sits in the cabinet alongside canister filter.
The only thing I do want to swap is the clear airline tubing to black so it blends into the background.
 

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So a couple of potential benefits surface break and sponge to quickly swap over and establish bio in a new tank. I guess I can see that. How effective are bubbles in preventing or getting rid of surface film? More effective than a spray bar or powerhead?
 

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I have a bubble curtain at the back of my 55, basically to draw attention away from seeing just the plain wall behind it. Some of the fish like it too.
 
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