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MWAHAHA! It's alive! (kinda...)

I got my order from Foster and Smith, and I decided to do the hardscape on my tank and check to make sure the cheap crappy filter I ordered and the cheap powerhead worked fine.

Took some fighting with the filter, but I got it running. It's a Tom Rapids Mini canister. I know, I know, they're pretty much junk, but the HOB I had on it before was a LOUD p.o.s., this one is at least quiet. So far, no leaks *knocks on wood*.

The power head was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. It's freaking tiny! Works great, but I haven't hooked up anything to it yet. Hopefully it will work fine for diffusing the DIY co2.

I took some pictures, but the camera hates my laptop, so I'll have to coerce my fiance into helping me download them later.

I FINALLY got this ball rolling! I have plants coming to me next week, and I'll get the rest from my LFS. You guys have no clue how long I've been struggling with just getting this far!

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awesome ^^ can't wait to see pic of started tank
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Haha, very cool OP, I'm excited for you.

How big is the tank? I know everyone says that filter is a piece of junk, but realistically, if it sucks in water, runs the water through filter media, and puts it back in the tank it's good enough (as long as it's GPH will keep up with your tank), your only worry should be reliability, which isn't a big deal.

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good luck! hope all goes well.

how do you like the rapids mini? i want to set up 9 20g tanks and was thinking about getting that filter for them all.
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I'm with stpeteplanter. if it works, it works. If it doesnt, beat it with a hammer and get something else...hehe
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LOL! It's just a ten gallon tank. So far, the filter's still working great! Between it and the powerhead, there's plenty of movement. Of course, the only thing in the tank is a couple pieces of driftwood and Flourite. We'll see how well I have everything set up when I get some plants and stuff into the tank.

Timwang2001- I like the Rapids Mini right now, but then again it hasn't been up and running that long. It came with some weird, dusty, carbon stuff that looked like it came right out of a rats nest. I replaced it with Purigen. Thinking about replacing the ceramic rings that came with it, but then again I've never used ceramic rings before. Then again I've never had a canister filter before either... I'm sure it has nothing on the renas or eheims, but you pay for what you get. I'll probably up-grade to a eheim (sp?) some time in the future, but after I'm no longer broke from setting this puppy up

I'm considering trying out the DIY co2 today. I've never done it before, but I have the bottles all ready, and I want to see how it works. It'll give me time to figure something else out if the powerhead doesn't work.

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The ceramic is biomedia, and I'd probably just keep what you got.

I've thought about getting one of these for my own 10gal, but I'm probably going to go with an HOB instead...





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Yeah, I was considering buying Matrix or de nitrate, but I've already burned a hole through my next paycheck, so I think I'll just stick with the ceramic rings. By the time I could afford buying new biomedia, I'd have to cycle the tank all over again.

So far my filter is doing great. It gets mixed reviews; some people love theirs to no end, others hate it. I quite like the fact that it hangs on the back of my tank; it'd be a royal PITA to put it just about anywhere else right now. I painted the back of my tank black, so you can't see it.

FWIW: Rust-oleum Painter's Touch flat black is the shiz. Taped the tank down good, two coats of paint, took about fifteen minutes in all. Looks smooth through the tank, even though I didn't spray it evenly.

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good luck! hope all goes well.

how do you like the rapids mini? i want to set up 9 20g tanks and was thinking about getting that filter for them all.
I wouldn't use them for 20g tanks...they simply don't have enough power.

That said, I actually like the Tom Rapids Mini. Small, inexpensive, and most of the time they even work.


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Yeah, I was considering buying Matrix or de nitrate
You don't want to de-nitrate a planted tank, you're robbing the plants of food!





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You don't want to de-nitrate a planted tank, you're robbing the plants of food!
Thank you

Thought about that, but I wasn't sure.

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The first plants are in the tank! Two anubias, and both are looking fine. I want to tie some moss to my driftwood, but I'm not sure what kind yet. I think the only one that I can get locally is java moss, but I'm not sure I want to go with that. I would rather do Christmas moss, if I can find some. There some other ones that look cool as well...

I got the DIY co2 up. I was a little concerned at first, as it took the solution about four hours to really start working. But now it is, and next time I might do something a little different.

I made a list of some plants that I really like. Here are some ideas: cabomba carolina, ludwigia peruensis, ludwigia "cuba", wistera, anacharis, corksrew val, java fern, and dwarf hair grass. I may substitute the DHG with HC, but I don't want to go immersed. I already have everything all set up.

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Can't wait to see your tank

What powerhead did you get? I'm looking for something small since I have very limited space in my 10g...


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What powerhead did you get? I'm looking for something small since I have very limited space in my 10g...
I have an Azoo 180. It isn't very powerful, but it seems to be working fine for diffusing the co2, and keeps a decent circulation going through the tank. I got it from Fosterandsmith.com for ~$10, because my LFS didn't have anything near small enough for my tastes.

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I have an Azoo 180. It isn't very powerful, but it seems to be working fine for diffusing the co2, and keeps a decent circulation going through the tank. I got it from Fosterandsmith.com for ~$10, because my LFS didn't have anything near small enough for my tastes.
Thanks I got to look into that one. I got a power head but it's too big for my 10g and I need some circulation


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