Hi all -
Ok, I got my Archea 50w mini heater
and I am pretty satisfied! It's so tiny, but it has an external controller just like I wanted. I originally wanted to find a heater that could go inside my filter, but this thing is so small I'm not sure I care anymore.
Now on to the filter. That fluval internal filter is so huge and ugly - I am tired of looking at it. So, I want to get an external filter. Seems simple enough, but then I realized that the stand I have the tank on would place the bottom of the filter about 30 inches below the surface of the water! To make matters worse, the little cabinet on the bottom of my stand is only 11 inches tall. So, this is going to be tight!
I am considering a Zoomed 501 but I'm pretty sure it couldn't handle the head pressure very well. Same probably goes for the little Tom's or Finnex cannister models. So, this is no good!
I could do the smallest Eheim classic if it weren't just an inch to tall
I am determined to get an external filter, but I can't find any options except maybe to get a different stand! I like the stand, though, because it looks nice in my office. This tank is in a spot where there is really no place to put a canister filter except in the stand, and it's my office so I really need to keep it neat.
Does anyone happen to know a filter that is 10 inches or less in height? Or have any other ideas? Or, maybe the Finnex little cannister could handle the head pressure - I am doubtful!