With the hardscape tentatively nailed down, filtration is next on my to do list.
While reading a bunch of journals, I came across a number of builds that did not use a 'real filter'. The idea really appeals to me on multiple levels but I am hesitant to go that direction without a deeper understanding of pros and cons. While I was running 'low tech' tanks for much longer then 'high tech tanks', I did not really understand the concepts behind either. Ignorance is bliss. I certainty feel that I have a lot more knowledge and understanding now then 10 years ago and that actually makes my life a lot harder: my knowledge is nowhere all encompassing and I still have too many principles to tie together.
As always, I have a number of conflicting
- Biological Filtration:
- Gas Exchange:
- Space and Esthetics:
- Fish health:
The cost of the filtration hardware is of little concern for this tank as I already have a lot of idle equipment ready on hand.
---> If anything, the available space for a canister filter is at a premium. I could possible be able to fit the PX-360 between the side wall and the left side of the tank (got about ~6" there, but, with my luck, I will be 1/16" short).
Any other external filter would either have to be on the floor between the dividing wall and a chair. I can get away with it for a while, but, really?
The only other choice is to put it inside of the dividing wall. The thing is, with the two existing access doors, the space is packed. Really, really tightly. I could cut out more Sheetrock, hang 2 or 4 more doors and add more power outlets inside and that would be the right long-term solution. But then I'd rather avoid the hassle and the expense.
The existing situation:
(2 Eheims 2075 running the 120-P and 1 Eheim 2026 running the 60-P. The co2 rig feeds both tanks through individual needle valves)
- Use seeded Finnex PX-360:
- Use either Fluval 404 or Eheim 2075:
- Go filter-less:
- Anything else?
Decisions, decisions. Do help a guy out.