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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2010, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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A few Quick Questions

If I have a free 15w 4000k fluorescent bulb is it looking a gift horse in the mouth if I think it's too bright? Secondly, what would be the best way to deal with inhabitants when doing major maintenance? I am putting in a new under-gravel filter, so I'm worried just leaving them in there will be detrimental. Should I put them in my other tank for the hour or so it will take? Or should I put them in something like a bucket, or leave them in there? Thanks.
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A 15W bulb is not really that bright; if it is free, I would just take it, as the price is certainly right.

For the type of maintenance that you are planning, you should move your inhabitants to another tank (or a holding bucket) for the hour or so that it will take for you to perform your maintenance. Of course, for smaller, routine maintenance (i.e. water changes), such a move is not necessary.

Finally, why are you using an undergravel filter? There are many better types of filters out there.

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Agreed with Darkblade. under-gravel filters will sometimes pull all of your nutrients from your substrate and put them into the water column, sometimes causing wild ph swings and imbalances to name a few. 15w 4000k flourescent? All I hear is flourescent and free and my hands are out waiting to take ...

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4000k might look too yellow on an aquarium.

I have had no problems putting the fish in coolers or large buckets when redoing tanks or moving them.


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Interesting, I have always had good results with an undergravel, and I guess it's just what I have been doing since I was a kid. I always kind of assumed that how the water moved made little difference so long as there was flow and a bio filter involved. However, if you have a better suggestion, I'm always open. Also the undergravel adds very little current to the tank, and that is what I am trying to achieve.
Thank you for the advice on the move, and the light. I think FSM has a handle on what I mean. It just feels like it hurts my eyes to look into the tank. But maybe it's just me and my sensitive eyes.
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I feel the more filtration the better. But I would use another souce as well. I run a undergravel, penguin 350, and a rena xp3 for my 75 gallon. I guess I understand why alot of people no longer use them they do stand out in the landscape. I have all ways used one, I guess I'm old school but it is a very good cheap filtration choice. I have used a cooler before works great.
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