Originally Posted by Tyyrlym
Yes. In a marineland filter the biowheel is there to handle biological filtration. Beneficial bacteria will build up on the blue filter cartridge as a matter of course but the biowheel will handle the lion's share of the biological filtration.
Putting one of the cartridges in right now won't hurt the cycle, but its not going to help it either. If you've got bits and pieces of junk floating in the water and want to filter them out then put in the cartridge, otherwise i wouldn't bother.
No, the filter in the tank has plenty of ability to handle all three types of filtration. To be honest I'm not familiar enough with the Eclipse tanks to even know if you've got room for it.
In terms of GPH the filter on an Eclipse tank is actually pretty powerful. Adding an airstone wouldn't do anything for filtration. If you like the look go for it but its really more of an aesthetic choice on this kind of tank.
As it's been asked what are your stocking plans? A 3 gallon tank is rather small and will be unforgiving if its over stocked.
Thanks, I really appreciate your help. I guess I'll put that filter cartridge in. The water is
a little yellow right now. (Driftwood?)
I'm happy to hear that my filter is actually stronger than I thought. It's just not Niagara Falls or anything, and I was wondering if the aeration it provides will be enough to get the bacteria nice & happy. Haha, I ended up buying an air pump yesterday. I just can't help myself when it comes to spending (and/or wasting) money.
I have my fish choices narrowed down to two options: one dwarf puffer or two scarlet badis. I'm leaning toward the dwarf puffer. I don't want the scarlet badis to have territorial issues if I am only able to get males. I've also read that the scarlet badis are "easy to keep if you respect their water quality standards" (or something to that effect). I think that may mean meticulous cleaning & constant vigilance. I don't want to kill them if I'm not up to par. I understand both species will most likely need frozen food and that the scarlet badis may need live. Eventually, I would like to add a ghost shrimp or red cherry shrimp. I'm not sure if the dwarf puffer would eat it. I've read that's sort of hit or miss.
Planting is sparse at this point, just a few sections of java fern attached to driftwood. I'm thinking of adding java moss & some kind of background plant. I'd like something that will come close to matching the java fern in light requirements & ease of care. I tried some aponogeton bulbs & decided to remove them from the tank when they turned fuzzy. Eww. The local shop has a pretty good selection of plants. I just have to do some research. Should there be enough carbon dioxide (from the air and/or bacteria) in the tank to sustain moderate planting before fish are added?
I'm feeling some remorse for not getting a bigger tank. A 5-gal hex actually would have been a little cheaper. I'm more attracted to the bowfront design, but I guess a 6- or 12-gal would have been a better choice for someone with my limited experience.