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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for light and filter?

Hello all! Been out of the game for YEARS and id like to get back into it. I've had successful tanks and understand the basics of a fully planted tank. A few things I did not ever get where I wanted it was flow and light....I had a 2217 eheim on a 38 gal that seemed to me to not nearly enough flow in the tank. All my lights made things grow to fast/to much maintenance...

I'm sitting on a 33 gallon rimless 24x18 footprint.

I want a do it all filter. I want to inject co2 inline thru a reactor (ferts will be injected in the reactor as well) and have enough flow to keep the damn tank clean. Would like to drill bulkheads.. Suggestions for filter? Bulkheads? Nossle?

I like the look of metal halide ripples but would like the ease of LED and maybe some automated Dawn/dusk/night systems. A single or double pendant suggestion? I don't want to have to trim the tank every week either...


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To reduce maintenance, select slow growing plants. Most stem plants will grow like weeds in your tank. Anubias and java fern are easy to find and very slow growing.

Look for an inline CO2 diffuser or inline CO2 reactor. These can be hooked to any canister filter. Before drilling the tank, look into lilly pipes. They look nice and made from clear glass for a clean look. Or drill bulkheads if you don't want anything hanging over the edge of the tank.

IMO Fluval makes some of the best canister filters. Mine are quiet and have never leaked compared to Marineland and my Cascade filters.
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I think you should make the distinction between filtration and flow. Increasing flow can be as simple as using your current 2217 (if you still have it) in combination with a cheap wavemaker.
You should not need more than a 2217 in terms of filtration for a 33g


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