Just need some info/help with filtration. I have saved some coin for my fish tank and I would like to increase/better my filtration. My reason for this is I have black sand in my tank and any and all scum/leftovers/debris in general sits on top of the sand and the leaves of my plants. Thus resulting in the loss of leaves of my plants and a generally "dirty" looking tank. (I am also going to get some Siamese Algae Eaters to aid with the debris on the leaves, the previous two were sickly when I got them and died). Questions:
So I have done a LITTLE research about filtration and have gathered that canister filters are seemingly superior to hang on the back filters? (is this the case?)
Now if so I was wondering what the perks of having a canister filter would be?
Do I need to drill holes and "plumb" it into my tank at all?
Also is it OK to have "extra" filtration?
Example: buying a canister suited for a50 gallon or so for my 30 gallon? Also I seem to understand that as you increase canister size the flow or GPH in your tank will increase to a possibly negative level?
If this is the case can you get adapters that maybe slow the flow some way? Tank specs are as follows Fish:
3 harlequin rasboras; Rasbora heteromorpha
4 emerald eye rasboras; Microrasbora erythromicron
2 german blue rams; Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
4 kuhli loaches; Pangio kuhlii
1 zebra snail; Neritina natalensis
many random hitchhiking snails Plants/Decor:
3 anubia augustafolia
1 random potted plant (CRYPT?)
2 pieces real driftwood
black flourite sand
black background Equipment:
Tank Size: 30 Gallon
1 HOB aquaclear 30 filter
1 30 Gallon Heater
fluval pressurized C02 system **When I can afford C02**
1 actinic 50/50 reef sun bulb
Temp: ~29 degrees Celcius, or ~84F (roughly)
weekly 25% water changes
Feeding/ Fertilizing Schedule:
daily: flake food and bottom feeder pellets
weekly: Frozen brine shrimp and blood worm combo
every other day: liquid fertilizing with flourish comprehensive
Thanks for all the help in advance!!