Just so you know, your female is actually a fancy variety. Its a veil-tail GBR. Not very common at all. Often (not always) they come with other issues too. Less healthy, skittish, not as good color...
Your female has PERFECT color. AND if you ever wanted to breed them, they will mate w/ standard rams (which your male is). Well done tank man.
I take it your reactor is on the outflow of the canister? I have a 38 gallon tank that I was considering a 2217 for (I am pretty new to planted tanks). I have heard to solve the flow constriction, just put it on the inlet of the canister instead. a simple prefilter will keep it from getting totally gross, and an actual clean out really wouldnt be difficult anyways (once a year? maybe?).
Thank you! I knew this female was a special girl
. As for the 2217, our tanks are pretty much identical in size. It may be safe to say this filter would be OK for you as well. I think this filter has sufficient flow but with the added reactor, it does limit the flow quite noticeably. I've also read about how people mounted the reactor on the inlet side of the canister, but that also creates other issues such as impeller noise and CO2 killing good bacteria living inside the canister.
I'd like to try a needle wheel diffuser when I ever upgrade in tank size, but with my 39g I'm happy with the Rex style reactor w/ the 2217.
Here's a few update shots. Did some removal and trimming of the "overgrown" look:
Bocopa Catilina starting to grow above the H2O surface. My question is, will they flower at some point?
Pearl Weed aka GBR food
Tiger Lotus growing nice n low.
Isn't this the prettiest setup you've ever seen? lol
I'll do it right my second time, I promise haha.
I encourage all comments, good, bad, constructive, whatever it may be. Please share your thoughts. I still have a lot to learn and would like to hear what everyone thinks.
Thank you for looking.