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Old 09-26-2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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Now I begin my planted endeavor


So, I have finally obtained a canister filter for my Amazon 29. I recieved a fluval 203 for free. I currently have it running in my tank with a large mature sponge filter and a mature HOB w/ bio-wheel. I am going to leave all three filters running until the media in my canister cultures then I am going to put a powerhead on my sponge filter (mature sponge filters are worth their weight in gold) and remove the penguin. Now, does anyone have any input on this canister filter I have? I am using a coarse sponge media in it, (was in it when I got it) ketapeat, and macaroni looking media. I want to inject co2 once my surface agitation is gone (t minus one month). Once I have no surface agitation in my tank how do I know if my plants are supplying sufficient oxygen to my tank? What advice do you guys have to avoid any potential nightmares? Can i remove the HOB now w/ the mature sponge handling the bio-load? the sponge is for tanks up to 125gal.
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:58 PM   #2
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Boy, that's a lot of questions (and statements).

Now, does anyone have any input on this canister filter I have?

Most ppl seem to agree that they are on the lower end of canister filter quality ratings. You will find out after you have cleaned it a couple of times (and had a few drinks of yummie fishpoop-loaded filter water?). But like I always say, a Fluval on your tank is better than the Eheim in the catalog.

Once I have no surface agitation in my tank how do I know if my plants are supplying sufficient oxygen to my tank?

The short answer is: If your fishies look happy every morning, there is enough oxygen in the water. The medium size answer: It depends on your fish load vs tank volume vs photosynthetical activity of your plants. For long answer, search "gasping" etc.

What advice do you guys have to avoid any potential nightmares?

Keep an eye on kids running around with oversized sledge hammers and tomahawks.

Can i remove the HOB now w/ the mature sponge handling the bio-load? the sponge is for tanks up to 125gal.

It depends on the bioload in the tank. Hard to say from here...

(mature sponge filters are worth their weight in gold)

Hmmm... how much you pay for a few pounds of mature sponge filter?
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