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dtum's Flora 8 gallon tank

Hi everyone,

I've been reading this forum for a few weeks and am very much impressed with the knowledge and camaraderie amongst the users.

This is my first attempt at setting up a planted tank. I've had one 30 gallon 10 years ago, since then have moved on to cichlids and recently have sold my six footer 125g frontosa tank due to real estate constraints. One thing that I did realize is how much I miss this hobby, so now I am getting more into the planted life.

Got this flora tank:



This is what it looked like a day ago (I decided to wash the substrate a little), poor move.
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I was quite disappointed with a stock filter, it was very loud. First trip to the LFS was not successful - I was not able to reproduce the sound (too much ambient noise). Second trip was better, but they've replaced only the top part, which is slightly smaller than the one I had before, so now the bottom part is a bit loose and will come off any time I touch the filter.

Decided to go with a digital thermometer.

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I really love my Ebi. Good luck with this tank. My filter rattles too, but I kind of fixed it by taking out the impeller, sanding it down (the fins' edges) and putting it back in. It is MUCH quieter now. Good luck.

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I just had my Flora delivered the other day. That's a bummer about your filter, the one I got seems to be fairly quiet. I haven't filled my tank with water yet because I'm trying to get some different mosses to attach to the background, it'll be great to have a moss wall.... if it works. Are you going to use the co2 it came with? What kind of plants are you going to put in it?
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I don't think I will be using the kit CO2, I do not like the amount of space it occupies in the tank and the reviews on this forum for it were not very favourable.

As for the plants - I don't think that I will start with CO2-dependent plants on day one, probably something fairly hardy, especially for the amount of light this will have. Once I will replace the light with something better (or get a second one) I will go for CO2 and more challenging plants.
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That's a great idea about sanding down the fins. Is it whisper quiet now?
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Yeah, I think I'm going to sell the co2 kit on craigslist and stick with low maintenance plants like mosses, java ferns, anubias, and crypts.
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My filter has been whisper quiet. Good idea to ditch the stock co2 kit. It was um... less than favorable, mine actually came with a broken needle valve. I have been using my DIY paintball setup from my old 10 gal. I also ditched the stock light in favor of a 26 watt CFL suspended from the tank with a desk lamp. I wanted a few more choices with high light plants lol.


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That's a great idea about sanding down the fins. Is it whisper quiet now?
Not whisper quiet, no. It sounds like a computer fan/ other components making small intermittent, ummm. You know the sound. Like I don't know what to call it. But try it, you'll see. Good luck.

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If you are still wanting the filter the Zoo Med 501 has worked well for me in my little 4g. Quiet to the point you have to check and see if it is running. You can buy aftermarket pipes to make it all pretty and techy looking.
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Thanks, I will definitely give zoo med a try.

Any suggestions on the live stock for the tank?
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How quiet is the zoo med filter?
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well hers a shot of my EBI and i put a zoomed 511 on it (bit over kill but has flow adjustment on it) and got a dome light stand(zoomed) with a 26w clf as the stock light just didnt have enuf light for the plants i wonted.the filter is supper quiet never here it



hope this inspires you!!!
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