Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sydney, Australia
This is my first post here, so I'd like to say hello! Also, thanks in advance for all the help I know you'll be, and perhaps sorry if my ignorance is less than tolerable.
Anyway, I should preface by saying I have kept a few tanks before. All tropical and I'd say quite successful. After a few years though, the fish slowly died one by one (I hope of old age) and the hobby was pushed to the back of a busy life style. All shame aside, I have decided to re-engage a bit, but kick it up a notch. I am really intrigued by the planted aquarium, especially those in an Iwagumi style with a carpeted substrate. I have just purchased a small desktop tank to try this out on.
For all intensive purposes, this will be a relatively low-tech tank used mainly for relaxation. However, I do have some questions I would love some input on, the first of which revolves around canister filters.
I am really aiming for a tank void of internal hardware, so my research has shown that canister filters are good for that.
My main concern is in having an external filter connected to a tank that is so close to the technology on my desk. While if implemented, the filter will be placed in a cupboard, I am worried if there ever is a leakage, it could get into my nearby power board. Worse yet, what if one of the seals around the lily pipes dislodges and water goes over my desk and/or computer. (evidently, I could be a little confused over how to connect all the piping)
I have found some helpful guides for canister filter maintenance on this forum, but just how practical do you all feel they are in a desktop situation? Do the benefits of room for ample filter media, strong filtration/flow and minimal hardware in the tank outweigh the risk of potentially water damaging what is nearby?
I hope that's not a daft question.
And perhaps what is a daft question: how to you prevent the little bit of water that is stored in the tubing going everywhere when you have to clean them or the filter?
Thanks in advance for your help! I look forward to getting this tank up and running and sharing some pictures soon!
Past time tropical fish keeper. Re-engaging by tackling the planted aquarium!
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Progress: Algae is (finally) under control with new plants that are establishing well. I think I'm about to start fertilising... :S