11-11-2011, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
On the filter, is it possible to adjust the intake so that it can be angled and not straight down? The intake itself should be about 4 inches above the top of the substrate. If this cannot be done, I would look at a new filter.
The filter should be geared to the fish in the tank, as not all fish need the same filtration or water movement, and these two factors are obviously connected. With plants, filtration should be less than without plants. There are a couple of options we can discuss.
On the light, if you are going to buy a fixture, buy one that will be complete in itself for the tank. If the tank is 4-feet in length, a single T8 fixture, single T5 fixture, or dual T8 fixture will work. Whichever, these will take 48-inch tubes.
The above is a beginning, we can discuss more details if you like.
I tried adjusting the intake in different ways, even shortening the connecting part so the intake could be above the subsrate instead of touching the subsrate like it is now, but no luck. I think I would need to buy a new filter soon.
As for the light fixture, my tank is indeed 4 ft in length. BUT it doesnt have a hood.. just this weird glass part. here's what the top looks like.
I got this tank from a relative and they've been using this for years, so that would be why the tank looks a bit aged. Great tank nonetheless
I'd most likely go with a dual T8 fixture.
The light will be full spectrum daylight, would tihs be ideal or is there any other better light?