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5 gal setup help

My gf gave me her old tank so Im going to get it started. I havent had a nice planted tank since my 29 cracked..... thats another story.... Anyways, the only filter I have is an Aquaclear 30, is this too big for the tank? Can I just put a plastic piece to disperse and smooth out the turbulence? Or should I get a little filter rated for 5-10 gal? Also are Corydoras suitable nano fish? I believe the LFS has "Panda" and "dwarf" varieties. How many could I put in here?
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Stuff that thing up with media and put a prefilter on it. That thing will slow down very fast. I've never kept corries so I can't comment on that I've always wanted a school of corries.

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Yea, attach a sponge to the input. Not only will it provide a good surface for BB, but will reduce the flow as well. There are dwarf corys like the panda, but you wouldn't want more than a couple in a tank that small unless they are the only thing in there, in which case you could go with 4 or 5 IMO. Don't forget that cory cats really should have smooth, sand-like substrates as their barbels can be injured on gravel. (Learned that the hard way)


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I just checked the filter and its the aquaclear 50, butIll block the input and see if it stirs up anything. Yeah I love seeing the schools of corys peck around at the bottom. I have eco complete substrate.
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Don't aquaclears have an adjustable flow rate? The ones I had years ago did.

A great way to reduce the flow is add some hydroton into the box and plant some cool terrestrial vines that you wrap can around the top of the tank or hood, etc.


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