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07-28-2013 07:27 PM
King of Hyrule
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Originally Posted by amcoffeegirl View Post
Is the dwarf puffer still with the angel??? How is that going?

Fine, in fact in the beginning the paired up for long periods. As the Angel has settled in, she hangs more with on her own. The puffer hunts in the tall stem plant section. The Angel swims everywhere in the tank. When the angle get too big for the 10G she'll be taken home and moved into the big tank. I'm might to have to evict the 29G tetras and platy at that point - to avoid and problems.
07-28-2013 08:05 AM
amcoffeegirl Is the dwarf puffer still with the angel??? How is that going?
07-27-2013 03:15 AM
Coldwater King My friend has some sitting at the bottom of his tank.
07-27-2013 02:39 AM
King of Hyrule
Update: July 26th 2013

The Fluval came early...

Today, I installed the AC50, on to my work 10gal work tank. I switched the impeller from the AC20 into the AC50. The motors are the same for both units only the impeller size is smaller in the AC20.

(I think the AC20, AC30 & AC50 use the same motors, with increasing larger impeller sizes, The AC70 & AC110 use a larger unit, with different sized impellers.)

The water moves slower through the AC50 media than it does the AC20. This might be good thing as my water is calmer. My Angel likes it. There may be a draw back in that the water isn't 'stirred' enough to keep water healthy.

So far so good. I let it run for a while and report back with anything that happens.
07-25-2013 08:23 AM
King of Hyrule
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post

Another thing you can do is swap the impeller out of your AC 20 and put it on your 50. Actually, the whole motor assembly can just be swapped. Then you get the flow of an AC20 with the capacity of an AC50.
Right on!

Monday I expect the 206 for the big tank at home; Tuesday I'll swap in AC50 into the 10G work tank , and downgrade the motor from, the AC50 to the AC20.

side note: I've installed my second AC20 on my work 10G, to see how the angel handles it. She seems fine, but I run it off the same timer that does the light.

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Originally Posted by gSTiTcH View Post

Also... an Angel in a 10g? :-/

I bought the angel at the local PetCo, for under $5, she was smaller then a dime at the time and white as snow. She spent the first few days hiding. I need/wanted a center piece for the tank. The dwarf puffer was too shy for that roll, and the Draft Albino Cory Cats, where not very exciting during the day time.

The angel is now about the size of a quarter, and orange. She follows me around the tank, and seem to enjoy the attention she gets (no longer hides). When she gets bigger I'll take her home to my 29G tank. (I'm thinking of evicting the current residence - that's another story.
07-25-2013 01:45 AM
pantherspawn
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Originally Posted by dprais1 View Post
My bad, I thought you literally meant you kept it in your tanks
Haha no worries.. I always keep backup filter media somewhere.. Mts at its finest.
07-25-2013 01:39 AM
dprais1
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Originally Posted by pantherspawn View Post
No ceramic in the filter in a media bag in my hob or in a seperate basket for my cannisters.

My bad, I thought you literally meant you kept it in your tanks
07-24-2013 10:43 PM
pantherspawn
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Originally Posted by dprais1 View Post
just ceramic media sitting on the substrate?

I can't imagine all those micro nooks and crannies are any better than rocks without the flow provided by a filter to stream water through the media.

Most expensive substrate ever?
No ceramic in the filter in a media bag in my hob or in a seperate basket for my cannisters.
07-24-2013 10:16 PM
dprais1
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Originally Posted by pantherspawn View Post
. I also keep ceramic in my tanks to house bacteria which never gets replaced.
just ceramic media sitting on the substrate?

I can't imagine all those micro nooks and crannies are any better than rocks without the flow provided by a filter to stream water through the media.

Most expensive substrate ever?
07-24-2013 10:14 PM
dprais1
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
You should be fine. The AC 50 is nice because it fits a bag of Seachem Purigen in it perfectly.

Another thing you can do is swap the impeller out of your AC 20 and put it on your 50. Actually, the whole motor assembly can just be swapped. Then you get the flow of an AC20 with the capacity of an AC50. I like that better.

Word of warning, don't do the reverse and put the AC50 impeller in the AC20. I did that and when the media started to clog, it overflowed. Putting the smaller impeller on the larger filter gave me no issues for many years, putting the bigger impeller on the smaller filter gave me issues within days.
I have never heard of that but that is a genius idea
07-24-2013 09:38 PM
pantherspawn Maybe it's just me.. But I replace my media every few months. I always keep two sets in and rotate out one at a time with a fresh one after about the third cleaning. I also keep ceramic in my tanks to house bacteria which never gets replaced.
07-24-2013 09:25 PM
gSTiTcH You really shouldn't replace the filter media until it's falling apart and can't be cleaned.
07-24-2013 07:56 PM
talontsiawd You should be fine. The AC 50 is nice because it fits a bag of Seachem Purigen in it perfectly.

Another thing you can do is swap the impeller out of your AC 20 and put it on your 50. Actually, the whole motor assembly can just be swapped. Then you get the flow of an AC20 with the capacity of an AC50. I like that better.

Word of warning, don't do the reverse and put the AC50 impeller in the AC20. I did that and when the media started to clog, it overflowed. Putting the smaller impeller on the larger filter gave me no issues for many years, putting the bigger impeller on the smaller filter gave me issues within days.
07-24-2013 09:37 AM
dprais1
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Originally Posted by King of Hyrule View Post
Let's just say I learned a lot setup my early dirt'd tanks. The filter has been compensating for my short comings setting up real dirt. I like my water clear...The sponge gets cleaned weekly, and replace when it looks icky. I replace the carbon monthly, or after any water treatment (copper). I've yet to change the bio media. I guess I'll do that maybe once or twice a year.

I like the defuser idea. I need to think about this more.
those ac sponge filters are junk, after a while they get brittle and need to be replaced.

get some poret foam or similiar and it will last forever. This is what I use and it works the same or better and lasts forever.

if you clean it gently in tank water then it will also house tons of good bacteria
07-24-2013 09:27 AM
scotty b you shouldn't ever need to replace bio media
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