10-13-2008, 07:24 PM
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First of all, you no doubt live in Australia, because Aquaone is an australian brand... This is probably the worst brand for any aquarium appliance available out there. IMHO, i would return that filter right now.
You will not be needing extra aeration for your tank, but it is always good to have it running, during the night is best, as that is when your plants will be sucking up the oxygen, and your fish need added aeration to flourish.
Canister filters are prone to fail, like any other filter out there, but the solution to that is buying a check-valve, preferably a non-metal check-valve. Just cut the line going from your tank to your filter, and connect them again with the check-valve... Quite simple really.
Hope that helps :)