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Flow preferences?

Here is my possible stock list (not all of them, just fish I am considering. Right now, I have only decided that I want to keep cardinals):

Cardinal Tetras
Diamond Tetras
Rummynose Tetras
Apistogramma Cacatuoides
Blue Rams
Angelfish

Does anyone know if these fish prefer/dislike strong current? I am not sure if I should use a spraybar or just an outlet pipe. I have an Eheim ECCO 2236 on a 55g.

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cardinal tetras are fom the same area as discus (why you see them in tanks together so often) so they would have the same water preferences as them.

warmer water, acidic, and as slight a current as possible.


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So to reduce current, should I use a spraybar?

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i had lots of fish death because i chose the wrong fish in my tank with strong current, choose wisely. i have a thread about this and the conclusion is that most danios love current.


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Sorry, I'm really ignorant here, but how do you reduce current? Spraybar? I'm kind of new to canister filters. I have an Eheim ECCO 2236 that I am kind of regretting (bought it second hand on ebay) because of the various problems I am having. I believe I have some kind of defect on it because it is loud. It is not just air bubbles or incorrect priming, there seems to be something wrong with either the impeller or the shaft components. I will probably end up needing to order extra hoses/parts. Do you know how to hook up a canister filter to a CO2 reactor and an inline heater? When I ask this question, I mean do I need some kind of part between the tubing and the heater or reactor. Finally, I don't really have an outlet pipe. I have a U shaped piece of tubing at the end and a spraybar. I will try to get some pics up this weekend.

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A spray bar helps..its not so much reducing the current, its just dispersing it over a wider area which can be angled up or down depending on your needs. A valve can be installed inline on your output/spraybar to adjust the actual flow. (Renas come with these)

Most inline components should be able to be installed just by cutting your tubing at the location you want the item and simply hooking each cut end to your new inline item and adding some hose clamps. (Assuming your tubing and inline items nipples are of the appropriate size.)

When working with your tubing, alot of fittings and so on can be found in any plumbing section that will fit the bill. Just take a small piece of your tubing with you for trial fitting.


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Ah! HOSE CLAMPS. That's what those things are called *scratches head*

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