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Old 09-15-2009, 08:25 PM   #21
 
i can buy replacement foam pads and cut them to fit the baskets is that what your talking about? which filter is your favorite and how would you rate them to fluval?
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:07 PM   #22
 
Maybe it's the fertilizer that came with the potted plants (assuming they're potted) giving them lots of nice nutrients to grow?

Don't add chemicals. The algae is just a plant eating the nutrients in your water, soaking up the light you give it. Add more plants so the algae has some competition. Don't feed your fish too much so the algae has less food to eat. Clean it off often so there's less spores being produced. Algae scrapers exist for a reason...there's forms of algae in 100% of the lively natural bodies of water out there...what makes you think your fish tank is any different?

Changing the filter wont do anything...unless it's so fine that it catches the spores floating in the water...do you really think this will happen? Is your tank by a window?
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:26 PM   #23
 
the plants actually came in medium of perlite and clear jello'y substance that was probably glucose or something. they came from petsmart. the tank gets a cleaning everyday with a magnetic scraper and i do water changes every 4 or 5 days. it seems like there has been a slight reduction in algae (there is no longer hair algae in the tank). my tank is by a window but i live in the woods so it gets indirect sunlight for maybe 2 or 3 hours late in the afternoon around 4pm to 6pm.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:55 AM   #24
 
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i can buy replacement foam pads and cut them to fit the baskets is that what your talking about? which filter is your favorite and how would you rate them to fluval?
If you have a fluval, they make replacement pads that will fit their filter. I would use those. If for some reason you can't get them, you can use regular filter wool floss that comes in a bag as a mass of floss, just pull it apart to get a piece large enough to fill the space. I've used this in an emergency (when I had only Eheims, and couldn't get replacement pads) but I prefer the pads made for the filter.

I've never used Fluval filters myself, but they are widely used and aquarists seem satisfied with them. And they are usually less expensive. Eheims are probably the best, but they are considerably more expensive and in my area only one store carries them (Eheim works on franchises in North America so only one outlet in an area can carry them) and they never seem to have replacement stuff/parts/etc. When I wanted a new filter in July I therefore went with Rena because it had slightly better reviews than Fluval. I'm happy (so far) with the Rena, it is much the same as Eheim. But of course I don't know how long the Rena will perform; I've had one of my Eheims running continuously for 12 years now, and the other for seven years, and neither has ever had any problems. Eheim has been in the business for decades, and they are certainly well made if more expensive.

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:29 PM   #25
 
yeah i was on the website and they have an electronic one that tells you call kind of stuff. granted its stuff that you could very easily find out yourself. but there was one or two useful features i saw. i wouldn't be willing to dish out three or four hundred dollars for a filter though. do you know of a website that has directions and blue prints for a diy canister filter? im trying to go as cheap as i can on this 55 gallon that i just got because i spent all of my money on my 50 gallon. im actually worried about my money situation right now because all of my money is going towards fish and not saving up for when i go to college.
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:44 AM   #26
 
Hi, I'm almost starting up my 70 gallon fishtank that was stored for more then five years, I'm planning to change the older light (NEC BIO-LUX 40 watts) they are offering me a replacement that is the Agua-glo 40 watts/18000K (the lamp has also a smaller diameter, what make believe it's another type or construction)
Is this lamp a good option for my 70 gallon tank?
Will this cause or can cause a problem for seriuos algae growth in a planted tank, fish popupation will around six guppies to star up and later on 8 angelfish.
Are softwater shrimps good algea eaters or should I look for something else later on?
Thanks
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:49 AM   #27
 
You're doing it wrong. You posted a reply to a "thread"/question that someone started. You need to start your own thread. You did the equivalent of jumping into a group of people talking about something and asking a random, unrelated question. :)

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Hi, I'm almost starting up my 70 gallon fishtank that was stored for more then five years, I'm planning to change the older light (NEC BIO-LUX 40 watts) they are offering me a replacement that is the Agua-glo 40 watts/18000K (the lamp has also a smaller diameter, what make believe it's another type or construction)
Is this lamp a good option for my 70 gallon tank?
Will this cause or can cause a problem for seriuos algae growth in a planted tank, fish popupation will around six guppies to star up and later on 8 angelfish.
Are softwater shrimps good algea eaters or should I look for something else later on?
Thanks
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:17 PM   #28
 
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Hi, I'm almost starting up my 70 gallon fishtank that was stored for more then five years, I'm planning to change the older light (NEC BIO-LUX 40 watts) they are offering me a replacement that is the Agua-glo 40 watts/18000K (the lamp has also a smaller diameter, what make believe it's another type or construction)
Is this lamp a good option for my 70 gallon tank?
Will this cause or can cause a problem for seriuos algae growth in a planted tank, fish popupation will around six guppies to star up and later on 8 angelfish.
Are softwater shrimps good algea eaters or should I look for something else later on?
Thanks
I can offer some advice on these issues, but as nomel said, you should start a new thread in (probably) this same [Freshwater Aquariums] section. That way others with exper4ience on the subject will see it and you'll benefit more. I'll wait for the new thread before answering.

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