I have the bug and am already setting up multiple tanks while I wait for my first to cycle
! My husband is not only supportive, but found another spot in our house and bought me the tank I have had my eye on! He's amazing!
So my question(s). I have a Fluval 305 that I purchased used set up on my new 27 gallon cube tank. I have just finished (lol like it will ever be finished) planting and notice some sway in the plants.
My intended stock is small fish - pygmy corys, ember tetras, and similar sized species. I am afraid they will get pushed around the tank. The plants are not grown enough to buffer the flow at all. My add-on concern is the intake will be too strong for them (the person I purchased the filter from put a plastic basket zip tied around the end of the intake, but he kept very large fish).
Is the outflow a valid concern with these fish? How can I modify the flow to better suit them?
Any suggestions for modifying the intake? I have a fluval sponge pre-filter on my other tank, but from previous experiments, the suction power of the 305 starts to pull the sponge in / reduces the flow (is this hard on the filter?).
I read that you can use the lever on the filter to adjust flow but that it put stress on the filter. I am trying to find a balance of happy fish, happy plants, and no damage to the equipment.
My apologies for so many questions. It should be a matter of a couple days before my cycle is complete and I want to ensure my tank is ready for the fish I am so looking forward to!
Thank you for your help.