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Old 11-09-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
 
New 60 gallon setup

60 gal setup with Otos, red wag Platy adults and babies (from 10 gal). Finally put in the new substrate so all i need is more live plants as I would like this to be heavily planted tank.

Equipped with one T8 light fixture- 15w full spectrum daylight (from my 10g setup). I would like to buy a dual T8 fixture, or another single T8 fixture so I would have both single fixtures placed on my tank.

Has a HOB filter with a cutout sponge around the filter intake BUT I'm starting to notice that the sponge is not sufficient as the youngest fry are having difficulty swimming away from the intake. If you notice in the picture below, the intake is LONG and I have no way of adjusting so It could be shorter. IS there any way I can have the sponge around it a bit better? Or should I buy another filter? I was thinking of getting a canister filter at some point.

I'm going to get different fish later on when I feel comfortable on adding more fish.

Any suggestions and help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
 
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I would definitely add another light fixture at the very least. Though it would be better if you got a fixture that held a 48" bulb it would help disturb the light better over the tank.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
 
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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.

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Old 11-11-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
 
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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.

Byron.
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?


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Old 11-11-2011, 03:34 PM   #5
 
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I have a dual 48" T8 fixture over my tank. It works good though it does put out a lot of light so there needs to be a way to filter some of that light. Floating plants work great for that. You could also go with s single T8 or a single T5 fixture either would work. You will need to get a glass top for the tank though. You can pick.the up at the pet stores most of the time if not then online. That way there is something between the light and water since you don't have a hood. I have the same setup on mine.
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
 
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I agree.

That glass piece is a brace holding the tank glass together. The glass cover Boredomb mentioned would sit down on the lip inside the frame around the peimeter of the tank. They are not expensive; some (like mine) have a rail with four pieces of glass so the front pieces slide back for feeding. Some types are hinged. If a local store doesn't have these, you can get them online.

The light fixture then sits on the actual tank frame.
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