03-26-2011, 11:56 AM
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I love my Fluval series power filter! I have a 29 gallon tank and I bought the C4 which is for up to 60 gallons. So I have really great filtration. I also like the fact that it has an adjustable flow; handy for feeding when you don't want to get too much of dropping food sucked up. It also has a little red button that pops up to let you know when it's time to rinse the poly foam. I rinse it a couple of times before having to replace it. There's no other power filter out there that has both of these features, to my knowledge.
I also highly recommend Brightwell's Microbacter7 for cycling. I added this every day for about a month and started with 3 x-ray pristella tetra (very hardy fish). I added fish very slowly, constantly checking my ammonia wheel to make sure all was right. If my wheel even began to turn yellow to the next color, I'd use Prime (great product someone already recommended) if I couldn't do a water change right away. It will buy you 24 hours. Also when my cycling was nearing the end and my nitrites peaked, Prime was great inbetween water changes. I also continued the Microbacter7 until all my numbers were perfect. I didn't lose a single fish.
I keep both these products on hand at all times. I'm new at these so I like to keep the Microbacter7 on hand just in case I make a mistake or think I replaced too much water occasionally (like when I get carried away with the vacuuming). Or last week I had a neon get a bacterial infection and I had to use an antibiotic medication in the whole tank; when the dosing was over and I put my carbon back in the filter I was concerned that the medication could have killed some of the beneficial bacteria in there and that I'd be thrown into the cycling process again. So my LFS guy said to use Microbacter7 again for a few days.