Join Date: May 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
yeah, the filtering is a definite bonus, that's for sure.
bitFUUL, were you saying that strawberries need a low ph or that they don't mind a higher one? Sorry, I couldn't tell from the wording.
for my setup, I was thinking of drilling the back of the tank an inch or two above the substrate level and having that be where I connect the intake to the filter since the substrate is where most of the decaying fish-poop is, but I don't want to suck up the sand. I would then put the outflow from the filter in the growbed.
I'm still trying to decide/learn about ways to drain the growbed. a bell siphon or two would allow me to leave the filter on all the time so it's easier on the impeller, but from what I hear they can clog pretty easily. There's always a weep system on a timer, but then you have to have the canister filter turn on and off several times a day, which is harder on the motor and impeller.
Also, Cichlids seem to be branded as fish for the expert fish keeper - do they stress out easily? If so, will the constantly changing water level be too rough on them?