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post #21 of 31 Old 12-04-2013, 03:01 AM
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Instead of airstones I would reccommend a powerhead with air intake for aeration/ circulation, but you probaly don't NEED it, just a good filter (aquaclear 50-70) is enough. And yeh... the canister filter is probaly a good idea if you use sand.

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post #22 of 31 Old 12-04-2013, 03:12 AM
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Peat is going to mess with your water chemistry. Just a heads up.
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So eco-complete and fine gravel?
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post #24 of 31 Old 12-04-2013, 03:19 AM
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I'd say so, yes. The plants and filter will create oxygen in the tank. A bubbler/power head isn't really necessary IMHO.
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I'd say so, yes. The plants and filter will create oxygen in the tank. A bubbler/power head isn't really necessary IMHO.
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With eco-complete and fine gravel do I need a canister filter?
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post #26 of 31 Old 12-04-2013, 03:27 AM
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No, an HOB (power filter) will do just fine. I've never had issues with using HOBs on sand, personally but some people do.
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post #27 of 31 Old 12-04-2013, 11:35 AM
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I have ecocomplete in one tank and like it but it is $$$. I have sand also in multiple tanks and my plants do just as well there.

On the Aqueon heater... I have a dozen or so of the Aqueon Pro heaters from 100W-300W have had zero problems.

HOBs are inexpensive, but overrated as a long-term biological filter (since the HOB media is typically replaced and has less overall surface area than most canister setups). I use both types of filters on some tanks, canister only on others, but would never rely solely on a HOB for my primary biofiltration. The HOBs are great for pulling larger chunks of crud out of the water quickly.

Lastly, water circulation, not the air bubbles is the critical issue for oxygenation - as long as the canister outflow is disturbing the surface a little, you are fine on oxygenation!

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #28 of 31 Old 12-08-2013, 04:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I bought the Tetra 40B model and the Tetra glass-hinged lid that is made for it from Petco.

I'm fine with sand as long as I know how to set it up just right so there isn't any chance of it ruining the filter.

How does the Marineland single bright LED lighting sound for that tank?
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post #29 of 31 Old 12-08-2013, 07:47 AM
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If you are really worried just put some gravel or a piece of slate rock under the intake.
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Sounds good.

Looking at this light. Odyssea T5 Aquarium Lighting

There's a quad version but I'm not sure if it's more than I need.
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