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  1. So after going through a great deal of trouble tearing down my new 55 gallon tank and restarting it before it had even finished cycling (due to snails), I finally plugged my two Aqueon Quietflow 55/75 filters back in... And nothing. Not a whirr, not a peep. Dead. I spent 3 hours trying everything I could think of to get them to work, and nothing. I've had them 34 days, just missing the date for returns. So now I'm out $80. ANYWAYS, now that I've stopped shaking my fists at the sky in impotent rage I need to get a new filter. My friend who keeps Oscars loves her canister filter and swears by it. She has a National Geographic cf70 uv filter. If I went that route I'd probably go up to the cf80, though that seems a little low, being rated "up to" 80 gallons. Maybe a Fluval 406? I want something I can rely on, that isn't going to break my back, and isn't going to break the bank. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated!
  2. Hi Everyone, I decided last weekend to update from my two internal power filter to an over the top Ehiem Pro 3 2075. This filter has double the capacity needed for my 300 litre tank. I have left the two existing internal filters in place for now until the new filter develops its biological capacity. I am writing here because I noticed almost immediately that my fish were much more active when I installed the power filter. They would normally move around the tank langorously, now that are much more alert and spend a lot of time foraging. Has anyone else noticed this sort of behavioural change? Do you think it might be the spray bar making a very gentle current? Or is there now better oxygenation? Just curious to hear your thoughts. This is the tank, the internal filters are more noticeable than usual because I removed a large piece of driftwood and I cannot hide them as well as before and the cables are more visible because I now only have one power-board. I plan to remove these filters soon anyway so will put up with the ugly cables for now. This is the new power filter, I had a carpenter adapt the cabinet so it would fit. It is advertised as silent but it has a low hum when its on. I am going to experiment with a rubber mat under it soon to see if it is vibration making the noise. Cheers for now
  3. So, after research and what felt like every review available in the internet, I have decided to go with two Fluval fx6 canister filters for my 500 liter (132USG) tank. They just work better for me than the Sunsuns/Aquatop that I also considered, because I saw quite a few videos/reviwes saying Sunsuns can easily loose 45% of their GpH power when they are filled, and I calculated that even if Fluvals will loose as much (so that both units would be working on 55% of claimed GpH), the Fluvals would still go over the 7x GpH circulation recomended for the canister filters of my tank size, while at 55% the SunSuns wouldn't reach even the minimum of 5x. So they just work for me and my tank size. The filters come with some media in already, like sponges around every media tray, coarser(?) sponge pads and (what I think is) decent amount of ceramic rings. (all shown here along the filter parts, as in most of the unboxing videos I saw). I don't think this is enough media for the filters though, and would like some opinions on what to get in addition. Would move ceramic rings do it? Or should I get something else? There are so many options they feel quite overwhelming.
  4. Hello everyone, I'm looking for opinions and advice according the filtration of my future tank. It will most likely be 150cm X 50cm X 50cm (375 liter/roughly 99 USG) sized, though I might go with bit bigger, 150cm X 60cm X 50cm (450 liter/roughly 118,9 USG), once I actually see the house we are going to move and can measure the places and see what we can fit through the doors. When I first started to seriously researching what I would need for the tank I'd like, I couldn't find any filters that could reach the 10x GPH of the size of the tank I want (I know people in koko's like to recommend 10x for HOBs and 5-7x for canisters but I'm going by 10x rule for canisters as well since that's what they taught me here in Finland to do), so I turned my research towards sumps at suggestion of one other online hobbyist I sometimes chat with. However, after browsing through koko's I actually managed to find brand of canisters that could easily handle 10x GPH for either size of the tanks I might end up with. Now I am torn, if I should abandon the sump plan and just go with canisters, or if the pros of having sump (more water volume, more room for filter media etc.) would outrun the "ease" of just getting two canisters. I would appreciate any and all suggestions and opinions.
  5. Why in the world are these incessant water changes necessary when we filtrate, the water parameters are perfect? Why bother with filtration if weekly water changes are still absolutely necessary? My water has 0 with Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia.. In a 40 gallon breeder tank with one GF in it(fan tail), clear water, fish looks happy, whatever that is, but everybody says weekly water changes are needed. I am really getting frustrated with this. I am a reasonably intelligent person and this does not make sense to me. In a 10 gallon tank with 5 small fish, I change one gallon every 4 weeks, and clean the gravel at the same time. I know that they are not GF, but it is a much smaller tank and there are 5 fish. At Aquatic Enviroments, the best aquarium store in this area, a guy who works there told me that "change a couple gallons once a month". Tell me something that makes sense which will support your POV, because I think this might be overkill. I am not sure it is, but neither am I convinced it is abusive to the fish if I don't follow this excessive practice of weekly WC. Thank you.
  6. Hi - please check out a new video of my 65 gallon. 2 oranda and a ryukin. Running an eheim 2217, Marineland c220 and fluval U4. Please comment. cheers
  7. I am just wondering: How does the water temperature affect the tanks nitrogen cycle? I have read that goldfish will slow down or stop eating in the winter when the temperatures are lower. If my tank is colder, does this affect the filter as well?
  8. I currently have two tanks a 150 Gallon & a 90 Gallon. My goldfish is currently in my 90 Gallon with a rena filstar xp3 and two marineland 350 power filters but I was thinking about moving my goldfish to the 150 Gallon but not sure if the filters I have in mind would be enough GPH. I was going to move the 2 hob 350's and get a new rena xp4 canister which is 450 so thats total 1150 gph for a 150 gallon? too little or would that be enough?
  9. Hey guys just going through my options of filtration and i'm stuck on whether i should get an Aquaclear and a canister filter or just two aquaclears? I know that a canister and an aquaclear would probably be better but are canister filters that good, are they really worth the extra money? Heres the big question: Will it really make that much difference? Will it really make that much difference if i just have 2 aquaclears? Thanks for your help and opinions
  10. So Aquatop has these filters (CF300, CF400, CF500). The 400/500 ones come with a 9watt uv light. I'm not really concerned about the uv light because it won't do much in my 110g tank. BUT Sunsun/Grech Also carry the same filters (which I was able to find for different rates). Now, my question is whether any of you have use any of these filters, whatever the brand, and what your experience with them has been? I know there is a review on the forum but I want more opinions (and more recent input). I have collected enough swagbucks (about 80 dollars worth) which I'm going to use towards adding another canister to my tank.
  11. So I cleaned out my canister last night and found A LOT of small snails inside the canister filter. At first I thought it was rocks or pieces of carbon. But then I realized that I have no carbon in the filter. Has this happened to any of you before? What's the cause? Is this bad or harmful for the fishies?
  12. hello guys im new here its taken me ages to figure out how to post on here lol, i would really like some advice. i am buying a used tank about 7 feet in length (soooo excited) and was wondering how i go about keeping a tank of that size clean?, will i need to changed half of the water weekly as i do now in my smaller tanks? (3ft and 2ft). any ideas or suggestions much appreciated x
  13. I tried to find a related topic that's already been posted so I don't repeat what's already been said but I can't seem to find exact information. I'm also new to forums and got a little overwhelmed I have a 44 gal hexagon tank. It isn't the typical tall hexagon tank. It's quite long with a good amount of surface area. I have a Marinland Penguin Bio-wheel 350 filter. It says it's for tanks up to 75 gallons so I figured for goldfish this was a very good thing. I've had this tank set up and cycled for about 9 months. It currently has 3 fancies in it following the 1st fancy 20 gal and for every extra fancy 10 gal more rule. I do about 30-40% weekly water changes. When I test the water nitrates, nitrites and ammonia are always 0. I have completely fallen in love with goldfish particularly the fancy ones. I have a black moor, calico telescope, and a red and white oranda. They are very happy. With my love and somewhat obsession I have found that I have a desire to get more. With the filtration system that I have, the surface area for gas exchange, and water changes, am I able to get more? Obviously I don't mean getting 10 more. Maybe just 1 so I have an even number? I think I may have acquired an unhealthy obsession.....oops Sorry if this is waaaay too much information. I just wanted to make sure there was enough to get proper answers.
  14. Just wondering. I was thinking of separating mechanical and chemical filtration to two separate canister filters. Would this be more efficient? I think it would for some reason and would make cleaning and maintenance less of a hassle Canister filter #1: mechanical only Canister filter #3: biological only any thoughts?
  15. I need filtration recommendations for my new 40 gallon tank. I bought one of these. http://www.petco.com...ium-Combos.aspx The dimensions are 36" L X 15" W X 16" H I have my eye on external canister filters. I'm going to do a fishless cycle on my forty gallon. I want to the sponges of my 20 gallon hob with BBs .....anyone know how to do that?
  16. For those of you who use canister filters: have you continued to replace/add carbon or have you gone the no-carbon route? what types of media do you use and/or recommend? what I'm getting at with this, is whether or not carbon is necessary for filtration? I saw/read somewhere of people that don't use carbon in their filtration. My filter came with media but I'm curious as to whether or not there are other alternatives out there. Or maybe different (more efficient) ways to set up canister filtration then what manufacturers say.
  17. I have a 110 gallon tank with a canister filter. I want to get another filter but money is tight right now. I was wondering if it was possible to use sponge filters temporarily (they're very cheap). I did some searching and found some made for tanks up to 125 gallons.
  18. I have bought this carbon and was told it contains liquid of some kind: Package says it comes with nylon sack which lasts from 4-6 months. I was offered 2 times cheaper carbon but packaging didn't instill trust so i chose this one: http://www.chemi-pure.com/prd_am/product/idproduct=1 I could as well add $2-$3 more and get elite version which supposed to be better or just marketing gimmick? http://www.chemi-pure.com/prd_am/product/idproduct=3 What do you think people? Did anybody try this one? Should i have bought 2 times cheaper carbon?
  19. I have a Penguin 150 on a 30 gallon tank. This is not ideal, I know, and I want to add a second filter. The problem is that my fish are all about 2 inches/5 cm long and occasionally get tossed around near where the water returns when they're not paying attention. I think another filter would bother them. Should I wait until they grow bigger to improve the filtration? Is there a way to make the resulting current gentler, but keep the good aeration?
  20. I would like to say hi first of all... new to forum and am really excited by what i have seen so far... first of all just to talk about my main tank... 46.8g bowfront tank with a marineland c360 and a marineland penguin 150 to filter... pretty well planted , have driftwood and some live rocks. i have 1 calico oranda, 1 blue oranda, 1 white and red ryukin and 1 red ryukin. a few snails. 2 34" life glo bulbs T5HO and a 20 inch air stone. first questioin... would i be overdoing it by adding a school of about 9 white cloud minnows?? even with extra filtration i also do 20 - 25% water changes every 3rd day in my main tank... what do you guys think?? second question... i have read about having carbon in my filter and have come to the conclusion that it is probably not the BEST thing for my plants and is not doing anything too beneficial for me as i do constant water changes. what else can i put in my filter that will be more beneficial for my plants and fish?? i.e polishing pads?? ceramic balls? thank you all in advance!!
  21. Hi everyone. I'm excited about my new tank. I think I'm going to have to buy at least one filter for it to get enough gph. Can you share what combination of filters you use? I'm probably going to have at least one canister, because there is not room for more than one HOB in the space provided on the acrylic 55 gallon I just bought. The tank came with what I think is a Whisper 60 which pulls 360 gallons per hour. So I need 240 or more from the canister. Thanks for your help!! Mj
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