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Old 02-15-2014, 02:44 AM   #1
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Ok, a few unrelated questions, but all are needing to be answered.

1. I have two AquaClear 20 HOBs on my 20l. On full power the flow is really strong. Thing is, if I lowered the flow, wouldn't that reduce the GPH and defeat the purpose of having two filters?

2. Also regarding the above-mentioned filters: They are both right next to each other. Is this the best way to position them? Should I move one to the other end with the heater? Move one onto the side of the tank?

3. I'm getting a pretty long piece of Manzanita on Monday. It's from ManzanitaBulworks.com, so it probably has all its tannins. I know tannins are good for shrimp and all, but since this is a display tank, should I soak it? Soak it in warm water? Boil it somehow?

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Old 02-15-2014, 03:10 AM   #2
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1. Wouldn't necessarily defeat the purpose. You'd still have the same amount of room for bacteria. Turnover just wouldn't be as frequent.

2. Depends upon your layout. Do you need to adjust flow throughout the tank? Have dead spots? If so, may be a good idea to move them around to find the sweet spot.

3. Boiling works wonders. But if you have a trash can or bucket it'll fit in, soaking it for a week or two will really help. Just swap water when it's brown (every day or two) and it'll be ready and water-logged before you know it.
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1. Wouldn't necessarily defeat the purpose. You'd still have the same amount of room for bacteria. Turnover just wouldn't be as frequent.

2. Depends upon your layout. Do you need to adjust flow throughout the tank? Have dead spots? If so, may be a good idea to move them around to find the sweet spot.

3. Boiling works wonders. But if you have a trash can or bucket it'll fit in, soaking it for a week or two will really help. Just swap water when it's brown (every day or two) and it'll be ready and water-logged before you know it.
1. Okay, I'll make sure it's turned down when the majority of plants get here.

2. I don't need to, I'm not sure if there needs to be flow everywhere or not. Check out my build thread in my signature if ya can to see pictures.

3. I have a bathtub in a room that is not used. I'll soak it in there for a while.
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It's probably going to be a good idea for you to move those filters around a bit to spread flow out. You can see where you have dead spots by putting loose plants into the tank or by holding a fish net in various places to see how it flows. If it were me, I'd put them at opposite ends (on the back) of the tank.

I'd also ditch that heater, which won't be necessary for shrimp. They do best in cooler water.
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Old 02-15-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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3. I have a bathtub in a room that is not used. I'll soak it in there for a while.
Use as hot of water as you can when doing changes. will speed up process.
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Once you get plants & the driftwood in there you my find you need higher flow since they will change the flow pattern, especially the driftwood.
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Once you get plants & the driftwood in there you my find you need higher flow since they will change the flow pattern, especially the driftwood.
I don't doubt it. I just don't want the flow to be too high for the shrimp, ya know?
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I understand that for sure! My fish didn't like the flow from my HOB that didn't have a flow control. I made a diverter out of a cut up plastic bottle to help reduce the flow straight out & instead it pushed it out the sides along the front/back glass. My HOB was on the end of the 10 gal tank. Didn't look pretty but it worked. They've been moved to another tank now.
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