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Old 10-27-2009, 06:40 AM   #11
 
so ur saying to squish it out in the old dirty water that has all the fish waste in it?? or do it when i only change the water without vac'ing the gravel with all the wastes coming out? or it doesnt matter?
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Old 10-27-2009, 07:35 AM   #12
 
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Either or, really doesn't matter. What DOES matter is that it is done regularly and that you don't use tapwater to clean it.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:38 PM   #13
 
thanks i was unsure of that whole procedure
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:41 PM   #14
 
Lightbulb Tube length

Since we are on the subject of intake Tubes..... here is a question for the more
experienced ones....
different tanks are taller than others.. so the intake will not rest the same distance in
the water?
whats the optimal distance in the water for the intake tube ?

On my MARINE LAND 350 and 400's I can Cut the tube to what ever length I want.

so WHATS THE BEST LENGTH?

half way in the tank?
more than half way?
or the closer to the bottom you can get it?

thanks
Ron
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:47 PM   #15
 
I forgot!!!

I was interrupted as I was typing my question ( THE WIFE )
I forgot to click the button at the bottom about wanting to subscribe to
this thread.. so I can hit the button now LOL

Ron
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:07 PM   #16
 
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if only using a HOB filter about mid way down the tank is good that way you are not re-up-taking the clean water and you still get a lot of the waist on the way down.. personally i like to use one that almost touches the bottom on one side of the tank and use a submersible on the other side of the tank (i build my own and they stand about 3.5 inches tall) that keeps the tanks crystal clear and has all the bio you will need so when changing one filter your other maintains quite nicely
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:21 AM   #17
 
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I try and draw water from both the middle and the bottom with the use of two filters. I use the Emperor filters on nearly all tanks and place one on each end. I also use powerheads to provide current which helps keep debri or waste from becoming lodged anywhere., Course not all fish appreciate current that is too strong ,but i have found that most fish don't mind a moderate current and some absolutely do better with it (ie) loaches,plecos,catfish.and cichlids of all kinds.
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Old 10-28-2009, 08:48 AM   #18
 
im thinking of adding a second filter to my system...like i said i have an aquaclear 110 on the 75 gallon tank already. would it be pointless to add it? i was told the 110 was sufficient. also what are powerheads and how to you introduce them to the system and what are they for?
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:25 AM   #19
 
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power heads are small pumps that draw water and push it out from a different point on the unit they create current and if utilized can be part of a filtration system.. if you search DIY filter systems you will see a lot in use this way.. most people just set them in the tank and adjust the flow to keep things moving in the tank and as 1077 stated most fish enjoy the current....
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:38 AM   #20
 
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Aquaclear 110s are excellent filters, I actually run 2 on my 75 goldfish tank. I would suggest running a back-up filter in addition to the 110 on the 75 gallon, or at least purchasing an extra filter because you never know when you will need it. Also, a powerhead would be beneficial if you only run one filter to help circulate water to and from the other side of the tank.
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