Apologies if resurrecting a post-Page One thread is a no-no, and for replying to my own post...but I have another question or two and some updates.
I added 3 Corys, 3 Female Mollies, and 3 Rainbows over 2 weeks ago, and some ghost shrimp as an experiment with them (2 large ones survived, while the Rainbows ate well). Also threw a moss ball in the tank for my daughter (don't ask
). I accidentally killed 3 of my older mollies (again, don't ask).
I am going for some more Corys and Mollies tomorrow, along with hopefully a patch of Java Moss. Possibly another 'schooling' type fish in a bunch.
I now have a 25W UV lamp on the Magnum 350 return and a Nova Extreme hood doing 162W of HO T5 lighting. Also, I found Bio Spira and bought some, stored most away in the fridge and poured one in for the heck of it. Readings have been really good (before and after).
With my current filtration, the fish don't seem to be thrashed around, and the food will drop to the bottom, before it is pulled across to the filters.
My question is, if I go with CO2, would throwing a Rena XP2 or 3 on the tank (in addition to the 2 Emp 400 and Magnum) be ok? I would like to use the Venturi nozzle on the Filstar to feed the CO2. I would also like to use the media baskets in it for specialized filtering like Purigen bags...instead of in the Emps because the water doesn't seem to flow *through* the bag.
My other question is, I was thinking of a Magnum 250 HOB filter to use with a gravel cleaner and for it's Micro-Filter once or twice a week. There are a lot of dust particles in it and I have the Python but I am looking for more power suction. Would having this running periodically be an issue?
Too much flow? Money isn't an issue, except to my old lady. Thanks again for any wisdom.