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1) I wanted to ask everyone with heavy planted tanks what they do about the filters sucking the plants up. Do you guys plant around the filter intakes, create something that blocks the plants, or just let it happen?

2) I have a 100 gallon saltwater tank that I am taking down to convert to a freshwater planted tank. My main concern is that it has a built-in internal overflow box. Should I continue using this overflow and go with a wet/dry system? If not what can I do about the built in overflow? Can I remove the silicon and box, and seal up the drain and output hole?
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1) I'd like to hear others' answers to that one too.

2) If you decide to remove the overflow, don't waste the holes. Use them for an input and output to a canister filter or something. Put some riser pipe thru them and then you don't have to worry about intakes and returns over the edge of your tank. Should look better that way. But don't forget to put valves on for isolation.
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You know weaver thats a excellent idea on number 2. I didn't even think about that.

The hard part will be finding the convertors for the filter, the drain holes from what i remeber (I am at work currently) are way larger then any canister filter I have seen.

It could even be possible to use the overflow now that I think of it. The overflow intake has two large sponge filters which could catch all large debri in the tank, then the remainder could go down to the canister and back up. Looks like I maybe going to home depot tonight.

BTW is a wet/dry system a no-no for planted tanks? I have heard this from others, but wasn't sure why.
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1) I wanted to ask everyone with heavy planted tanks what they do about the filters sucking the plants up. Do you guys plant around the filter intakes, create something that blocks the plants, or just let it happen?
Most plants are anchored into the substrate or on ornaments, so they are not sucked up. Plus you'd use an input strainer which somewhat distributes the sucking power. Plant particles, old leaves and such that are floating around will get sucked into the filter or collect around the input strainer, which then needs regular cleaning.

Wet/dry systems do a great job in removing all CO2 out of the water, which isn't good for plant growth. That's why these filters are usually not used with planted tanks.


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