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  1. Equipment
    Hi! I am trying to figure out how to load filter media into my HOB Aquatop Forza filter. I've watched tons of videos and they seem to load horizontally with the sponge on the bottom, floss and ceramics at the top. However the premade filter was vertical. Another however, there is very little...
  2. Substrate
    Hi everyone! Been a while since I've posted anything but glad to be getting back into things. Recently moved so I had to break down my tank and am starting a new one. My first "planted" tank was a little unconventional as I did a gravel substrate with an UGF system (literally just added plants...
  3. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi everyone. So I was trying to find a nice way to hold my filter media in my sump is. I searched online, and couldn't find anything. Nosing around on Freebie Alerts today, I came across dishwasher silverware baskets and I knew I had found the answer. Came home and set it up. I must say I...
  4. Equipment
    hey guys, I'm wondering what filter would match well with the CaribSea eco- complete substrate. I've got a lot of duckweed in my tank, and I don't want it to get displaced by one of those over- the- top joints. I also plan on breeding some Endler's livebearers in the tank once I get this sorted...
  5. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey guys, I recently bought a small canister filter for my 10 gallon aquarium. It was rated as a flow rate of 80gph. I know this is always overstated, but figured this would be more than enough for my aquarium. When I first set it up, I recorded 40gph. I figured that was still sufficient. Now...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Just got my new canister filter and trying to figure out how to integrate CO2. In my HOB, I just inserted a CO2 airline tube into the intake and would hear a tick noise as the bubbles passed the impeller. They had a direct path to the impeller. With the canister filter, the inlet water...
  7. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Still trying to diagnose algae problems that I've had forever. I'm wondering if my tank current is too low which is allowing organic particles to settle on plants and then lead to algae. Is this theory correct? Does increasing the flow rate reduce the problem (i.e. blow off particles on...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Looking for a suggest for a low profile aquarium filter for a 10 gallon dutch style aquascape. I'd like it concealed for aesthetics, but also to not have a pipe and disrupting the back wall of plants or a shelf that blocks some of the light from reaching the plants. I know most people go with...
  9. Equipment
    Hi there! This forum was a great resource to me back over a decade ago when I was fishkeeping on a shoestring budget, and now I'm back planning to start up my tank again. As the title suggests, it's a 45 gallon tank (36" long, 12" wide, 24" high) that I want to turn into an underwater forest...
  10. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello there! I'm a recent adoptee of the hobby and new to the planted tank forums. I started with a 5g betta tank, upgraded to a 15g planted pea puffer jungle tank, and before long that itch to 'go big' - and I couldn't stop myself. And that's where I f*cked up.... so I need help from more...
  11. DIY
    Hey all, this is my first time posting after reading this forum for years. I'm finally getting around to setting up my 55 gal display tank for the living room and am planning to go all out on it. I intend to keep it low-tech (in the sense of no co2) but fairly involved on the diy side. I've been...
  12. Equipment
    Right now on Amazon both the 150 and 200 penguin bio wheels are the same price. I was thinking of setting up a 25 gallon which only requires the 150 according to most sources. But since they are the same price why not get the bigger one right? isn't more filtration better? They look the same...
  13. Equipment
    I apologize if this is in the wrong place on the forum. So I just read a thread about DIY modification about using sponges and media on Tetra Whisper and Aquaclear HOB filters but mine is a little different. I have the Aqueon QuietFlow 10 LED Pro and it is close to the Tetra Whisper but has 2...
  14. Equipment
    I have two 2.5 gal tanks (with nothing in them yet) and I'm looking for a good filter. I heard that sponge filters are the best, especially for bettas. What are your recommendations for sponge filters? I want one small enough so my betta will have more room to swim around.
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hello! I am new to live plants (I hadn't added them in my tank yet) and sand when it comes to aquariums. Today, I bought an Aqueon 10 gal starter kit with a Quiet Flow filter which is a hang on the back. https://www.aqueon.com/products/filtration-media/quietflow-led-pro-aquarium-power-filters...
  16. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Sup guys! I have a Aquatop CF400 UV that I wanted to use for a shrimp (planted tank). I was thinking of using this...
  17. Equipment
    I've been spending every waking moment planning out my next aquarium, and I've hit a bit of a roadblock choosing the canister filter. I was initially planning to use a single Eheim 2217, but I decided to upsize the tank a bit. With a 64g tank, the 2217 will only give me ~4x hourly turnover...
  18. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I have a [hair] algae problem, and I was wondering if a UV filter is an effective contributing solution? (In conjunction with water changes, filtration, manual removal, excel, and algae eaters) The ones on Amazon seem to be around $60, so I was thinking of pursuing a DIY approach. I was...
  19. Plants
    Hello, I have a question for the sake of my curiosity. I've been doing some research on how much an impact a filter can have on your planted aquarium. There are a lot of different reasons on why it is recommended but they all come to the same consensus that a filter will improve the tank. So I...
  20. For Sale/Trade
    I test equipment out and no longer have a need for the items below. They are all in excellent conditions and barely used. All equipment below was purchased around October-November of 2018. The tank and stand are for pick up only. I live in Los Angeles and can coordinate pickup as needed...
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