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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-26-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Noob Help with planted aquarium

I am having some problems with my tank. I used to do well with my 55g when I was weee lil lad. Now i got a 10g setup for my wee lil lad. I know it's tougher to do with a 10g but was looking for any helpful advice and suggestions.

10 gallon.
Plastic Hood with Dual 25w incand tube bulbs (replaced with (2) 2110AQ N Self Ballasted Lamp, 120V, 60HZ,10W) on for 12+hrs per day.
Penguin 125 bio wheel
Aquaclear 30 + perfect flow undergravel.

2 patches of micro sword foreground)
2 anubias (trying to root on the drift wood, currently just jammed in a crevice)
some tall val as the background
2 swords in the mid ground
(any clarification on my plants would be helpful also)

4 clown loaches
1 albino catfish
2 longfin rosy barbs
3 green barbs
4 red zebra danios
1 bristle nose pleco
1 leopard pleco

Several Problems
1. 125 filter pad was clogging every day with black gunk (replacing with fluval 104 if it will work).
2. ich (currently being treated with green and malachite green and temp 88deg for 4 days and then down to 86deg for 6 more days)
3. Pet store said that i had a rotting problem but my plants are doing fine. I just got rid of all my anacharis as they were robbing the light by floating at the top.
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1. I am thinking of switching to an all glass hood with the Orbit-20"-2x40watt will it be too much for my plants?
2. I bought a fluval 104 to replace the penguin 125. It says it needs to be below the tank but can i put it on the side of the tank. The canister top comes to just below the water line. (see picture)
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Will it still work next to my tank rather than below?

Feedback on anything above is welcome. I am trying to make a very stable yet loaded 10g...if that's even possible.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2008, 09:13 AM
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1. Light's should be alright as long as you're gonna have co2 and some ferts. If no co2 and ferts, then I don't really know since wpg "rules" change with smaller tanks. I think it'll be too much w/o co2 and ferts and just be a algae magnet.

2. I don't see any problem except for more agitation in your tank. The only problem I can see is that the output might exceed the input because there is practically no head pressure. That might cause your cannister to hydro-lock or whatever it's called. You might not even be able to get a siphon being set up that way. I could be wrong though.

I'm no expert but you might want to move this thread to the general discussion forum as there are a lot more ppl that will chime in on this. HTH....
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If I were you I'd not upgrade to a PC fixture, 80 watts over your 10 gallon will be high light, even with considerations for WPG guideline breakdown on smaller tanks. Without compressed CO2 you'd likely have a tough time of it.

I don't know about running the canister filter basically level with the tank, that doesn't seem like a good idea. If I'm reading this right you have a Penguin bio wheel filter, and an AC 30, AND an under gravel filter running on this tank? I think I know why...

There are a lot of really questionable things happening here, your stocking is... uhm, in most need of being addressed.

All those fish is the biggest problem and needs to be addressed first before anything else; there's no way your tank can bio-filter the waste of all those fish, most of which grow to be very, very large. That explains the Ich right there.

It's very possible to do a nice low light tank, one that doesn't need much maintenance at all, but you'll need to whittle that stocking list down to just a few fish, none of which will be larger than about 2" (at full adult size) to have any chance at being successful here.

*I just realized this was in the Hawaii forum, but I hope you'll still find this information/advice useful.
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That is a lot of WPG on a small 10 gallon tank! I suggest you go somewhere in the 36w range, where it will come out to 3.6WPG. I don't know what the new WPG rule is but I seem to go with the old system. And I ain't no old geezer . Compat Fluorescent (CF) would be a better way to go. You can order a kit from And make one yourself. If you need a sample pic I will send you one.
Next, you have plain gravel, which does nothing for your tank. Try and remove that gravel with Fluorite, ADA Aqua Soil (AS). Also, what type of Co2 are you running in that tank? It would explain the reason why you have black gunk in you HOB filter! Do you really have an underground filter? And why do you have two fliters running on a 10 gallon??? That is way more than enough current.
If you insist on using a Fluval, it cannot be on the same level with the tank. That is why the instructions state to place it below the tank. It is a gravity thing. That Fluval will be too much current for your tank also.
Are you planning to upgrade in the future? If you are, then keep the fluval for a bigger tank. Are you planning to upgrade to ADA hardware, then get a Eheim. I had a hard time getting 1/2" tubing on Fluvals.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more advice.
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