Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
optimal filter setup for heavily planted tank. Help please.
I had posted about doing a proper clean-up on the filter and I got it done this morning. It seem to have taken a fair bit of time but I literally went through every piece and fully cleaned it out. Here was the process, let me know if you think this is a good method. Keep in mind it was REALLY dirty, I was very shocked. A lot of brown in the filter pads and in the hoses and stuff.
1. setup 2 buckets with clean treated tap water, same temp as tank.
2. removed the 4 trays and rinsed them in the buckets and keep them submerged in the second bucket.
3. the main blue course filter was rinsed in the same treated water from the bucket, then kept submerged in bucket 2 with the media
4. the fine filter was a huge mess and I couldn't clean it by just swishing it in a bucket. Decided to run this one under the tap and I got it perfectly clean.
5. used new clean treated tap water to fill canister and began putting back all the trays.
6. When I tore the filter down I noticed 2 fine pads which in all videos and manual only shows 1 being used with 1 course. I decided not to put back the second one and only use 1 fine and 1 course.
7. cleans all hoses and fittings used a clean toothbrush
8. made a diy hose cleaning tool using a fishing weight, some heavy fishing line, and a new j cloth (dish cloth). Worked amazingly.
filter is like new, but now I notice a huge increase in flow, plants are swaying alot more now.
This brings me to my main question, how should I setup in the inlet and outlet for the filter in the tank? The way I have it configured now is the spray bar is on the left side at the top, the holes are pointed on a angle towards the surface. I did this to avoid pushing my stem plants too much. The inlet is on the opposite side in the far back corner of the tank. Sucks water up from the bottom of the tank right above the substrate.
Is this is the best way to set things up? Should the spray bar be pointed in another direction? Should the inlet and outlet be on the same side? one on top pushing water out and one on bottom sucking water in?
I find that pointing the spray back in other directions causes my plants to buckle too much and I don't quite like it. I am trying to get the best flow in the tank but not push the plants an excess amount.
75 Gallon Low Tech w/ Green Terror Pair