Very nice start! How long has this been a planted tank now? I would echo a lot of what was said above, especially the maintenance. I learned a lot of these lessons about a year ago when I started with my first planted tank.
I see you are using the Oase thermometer 600. How do you like this filter? Pros and cons? Is it quiet operation?
I see them popping up all over YouTube these days!
One OASE 600 reply for me here.
I collapsed by the Hype and grabbed some 600 models.
Pics pointing out features may help.
This is not my thread, but I can make a vid some day to those who do not show all the really significant features to pay attention to.
These are pretty well built. Look for the sales.
I grabbed two Biomaster 600 last week.
The blue foam lower trays
have a bypass gap using the Oase blue open ppi foam.
- I believe it (the gap) may be incase users turn down the filter speed by turning the "choke" restricting flow TO-the-tank.
- The speed of the pump may
still be running through the canister itself at this point.
The orange tight ppi foam can be stacked to mimic the blue open ppi foam thickness.
The orange foam ALSO fills the "gap" on the outer edge of each media tray set up for bypass. You'll see.
The only tray manufactured without the "bypass gap" is the top tray
which is MEANT to house the orange tighter foam.
Basically, stack orange Oase foam for a tighter nearly zero bypass set up
where ever you desire and keep your hands off the valves running it at full go.
- get clever with water distribution
patterns instead of choking pumps.
Buy the orange black or blue.
The PPI is going to be tailored to how many times you touch foam in the tanks and how many fish etc.
That is what this filter can be about.
Everything is out of the tank, so you may enjoy the 2x plus times per week wring-out of a mechanical filter for example.
I'd bet a simple planted tank may only need the tight foam.
This trial of the prefilter foam choices is what may really help love or hate the filter.
Main ring -
Sseems super thick. Built very well.
Use nail clippers that have a lever with a very smooth contour
(no sharp edges) to pry orings if you can't find o-ring tools.
Prefilter Oddball ring
(actually a gasket) -
Very very proprietary or company specific seal.
Must pay close attention to fit and how it seals.
They state nothing I can remember reading about the use of silicon in the manual.
Most divers/diving products are said to use diver's silicon on these parts.
The UK forums have some hearsay of bleeding water from this area whn pressing that big blue priming button.
The parts are plastic not metal. The pressure to press a big button with a big spring hidden MAY warp just enough of a gap to see a few drops.
I have only a suspicion.
Valves on the "U pipes":
I'd either keep them, using them fully open or use an Ehiem style candy cane hook.
I need time to tell.
Bulk Reeef did an elaborite video on using 90s on your pies for sumps and came to a very scientifically done test to show low speed pumps don't show any reduction that we'd cry about.
Hey, I'm just the messenger. 'No comment on that from me, as BulkReef's video is likely correct.
Very nice job on the moving parts.
- I grabbed the other model.
- I use Inkbird controllers on Tianium heaters with a black guard.
They hide well and always work.
Sorry, I could not get over the heater troubles threads/vids for Oase.
I am betting that these users may
have turned the filers off while getting silly over "orders-of-operation).
Please turn off all HEAT and WAIT.
Turn the moving water off NEXT.
HOT running heaters sitting in a small channel is not the best method.
-Keep that water running until you think the heater may be done doing its thing.
Overall, the company makes a huge amount of Pond supplies and high tech pond electronics.
I hope this hobby grade Biomaster series stands over time.
This is coming from a Eheim 2217 HotRod modded canister lover.
(Try to seal/glue the bottom 90 tube and top hose of a 2217 a bit better and it should last a looong time without any scares).
Sorry for the filter gheeke talk, enjoy your weekend folks!!!