So Iím trying to figure out the most efficient configuration for my tank that will provide good circulation everywhere without blowing my plants down. Itís a 75g and hereís what I have to work with:
Canister filter water going out (middlish area of tank) and water coming in (near upper area of tank) neither are adjustable but both can be moved along the back or swapped
Internal power filter with outflow nearer top of the tank similar height to canister inflow, with inflow directly on the bottom so canít be driven down into the substrate
Also have a large koralia type pump but itís way overkill, my plants all go sideways if itís in there. Unless thereís a way to modify it to reduce flow. Not sure what I was thinking when I bought it
Current configuration is:
On the back and a few inches from the far left: water return from canister
Left side middle: small koralia pointed a bit down and towards the back as that plant mass tends to create dead spots there in the back bottom area which is also where the heater is
Right back corner: power filter with output pointing across the back
On the back and few inches from the right: canister intake
So what I donít like about it now is the fast growing plant mass in the back left constantly gets the top pushed out towards the front with the canister return coming in there and shades anything growing more towards the front of the tank on that side. (I trim at least weekly but it takes no time to grow up again) At the same time I feel like the power filter is putting out clean water, some of which is then going into the canister filter intake, so sort of a waste of filtration. And Iím not sure that Iím maximizing efficiency of circulation with some cross purposes happening there. Any suggestions?
There will be some rescaping happening but not till I get some plant issues figured out first, donít want to have a big disturbance just yet. But suggestions there are great too. What happened with this tank is that I ended up with a whole whack of random plants and essentially just planted them without much rhyme or reason to get them growing and it sort of went from there.
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