I should have gone with sponge filters since day one. Really, it would have solved me a whole host of issues that I (along with Sterling) have suffered through this last week. To start, the lovely little cache of s repens that is planted in the small hollow on the top of my driftwood, ALWAYS gets the dirt blown out of it whenever I so much as glance at the god forsaken filter.
I will never recommend the Hagen Mini Elite filter for a nano dirted tank. It is aggravating in tight spaces. I’m probably just picky, but that’s the whole point of having a beautiful scape. Being picky.
It’s probably a fine filter, it just makes me angry. *grumbles under her breath*
Now that the s repens has rooted, it’s not such a big deal. However, the other problem with that bloody little filter, even when I have it on its lowest setting the current is so strong that no matter where I point the nozzle, everything gets kicked up, pushed around and Sterling has a hard time swimming. I tried putting it against things, it blew off whatever I blocked it with, every time I moved it EVERYTHING WENT WRONG.
NOT ONLY THAT, but in order to limit the current enough so that Sterling could swim without basically running a marathon (which he already has a hard enough time doing because of his gorgeous halfmoonyness) I had to push the filter so far into the tank that there was no surface agitation at all. Which = protein film.
I hope you can see where this is going.
Or maybe not.
I replaced it with the Aquaclear 10 that comes with the fluval edge 6 gallon. This one I could directly control the flow. It’s problem is that it is a HOB, which can’t be ignored, and takes away from the aesthetic of the tank. By this point I had put Sterling in my QT 8 gallon tank (which I am going to sell) and he was happily lounging on my plant clippings on the top of the tank (waiting for their new tank) or hiding in a castle. Although the current in that one is also a bit strong.
Anyways, the AC was easier to manage, but fugly, and Sterling wasn’t even in the tank, and the water wasn’t moving enough to get heat from one side of the tank to another and it wasn’t right either, and I was starting to hate this beautiful little piece of riverbed that I created.
And then, ladies and gentlefish, I had to spend a day in a town about an hour away where my doctor, dentist and hairdresser are (I grew up there and when you have hair like mine you can’t just find another hair dresser) and in between appointments I sought out and found MULTIPLE aquarium stores.
I went to 4.
The answer came to me in the form of a sponge filter.
Now Sterling is back in his tank, but itchy. I had left for Easter weekend and my husband cared for Sterling while I was gone, and when I got home I realized that for some reason the heater was not keeping the tank warm enough. I upgraded from my 10 watt submersible heater to a 25 watt Marina heater that I scored for $10 on Craigslist.
I took Pablo Es
cargot out and put him in the QT tank, and treated the tank with Kordon Rapid Cure. He isn’t showing any signs of ich, but he is definitely itchy. I did a 60% water change on the tank today and added stability, stressguard and the treatment (in addition to prime, but that is just a no brainer). Since Sterling is the only inhabitant, I’m sure it will all clear up soon and it’s on my desk so I am watching him for hours out of the day.
The sponge filter is a god send. The heater is finally heating up the tank, and the surface of the water is moving without having a strong current. Personally with nano tanks, I will now always go with sponge filters. Way way way better and Sterling can now swim everywhere. Although he is upset he has been moved again so he is hiding against the driftwood.
Such a prince.
I like the tank again. I was playing with the idea of selling it, but quite enjoy it. The only thing is, I may have been on Aquadbid.
I may have bid on a betta.
So I’m probably going to remove the top from my fluval edge
so that I can divide the 6 gallon. I like the idea of it divided because it is wider rather than tall, and the guy at one of the LFS I went to yesterday called Fish Addicts (The name spoke to me) said that the idea makes sense to him too, considering they would rather swim side to side instead of up and down. Leaving the top on means that the only access would be at the back, which makes it hard to scape, divide and get two fish in and out of.
The only logical answer is to remove the top. It’s cracked anyways. And while I did seal it, it will suit my purposes better open, and it looks awesome rimless.
We got a new shelving unit that we are going to put into the bedroom, so I may put shrimp into this tank and put the edge on the shelf beside my desk.
This never ends.