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Plants, Now a Filter Issue
Old 08-13-2011, 11:28 PM   #1
 
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Plants, Now a Filter Issue

I have two 10-gal tanks that are planted. Both tanks have HOB Aqueon 10's. I removed the carbon filters for the plants. The plants are now assimilating the ammonia and thriving on the fish waste. My water parameters are perfect. Because my tanks house bettas, I put some filter floss inside the intake tubes for the protection of their tails. I also added some filter floss at the outflow to baffle the current. The tanks look great. Here's my issue:

One of the 10-gal's needs a little help cycling. So, I was going to use some filter floss from the established tank. However, when I went to remove the filter floss baffle, I noticed the water current basically doesn't exist. It's the same on both filters. The filters are working. They're filled with water. But only a small, almost unrecognizable dribble comes out of the outflow.

I'm sure this isn't a common question, but I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there with bettas housed under the same conditions. When I removed the carbon filters, the water level in the filters dropped. That's normal. But I'm wondering if the combination of the baffled intake *and* the removal of the carbon filter has created this issue.

Anyone experienced this??
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:52 PM   #2
 
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I have two 10-gal tanks that are planted. Both tanks have HOB Aqueon 10's. I removed the carbon filters for the plants. The plants are now assimilating the ammonia and thriving on the fish waste. My water parameters are perfect. Because my tanks house bettas, I put some filter floss inside the intake tubes for the protection of their tails. I also added some filter floss at the outflow to baffle the current. The tanks look great. Here's my issue:

One of the 10-gal's needs a little help cycling. So, I was going to use some filter floss from the established tank. However, when I went to remove the filter floss baffle, I noticed the water current basically doesn't exist. It's the same on both filters. The filters are working. They're filled with water. But only a small, almost unrecognizable dribble comes out of the outflow.

I'm sure this isn't a common question, but I'm wondering if there is anyone else out there with bettas housed under the same conditions. When I removed the carbon filters, the water level in the filters dropped. That's normal. But I'm wondering if the combination of the baffled intake *and* the removal of the carbon filter has created this issue.

Anyone experienced this??
Anything placed over,or in the intake,, will reduce flow from return and also hamper filtration,circulation .
Removing carbon could also have removed considerable bacteria(good kind) but should actually help filter's performance by allowing water to flow through the filter with fewer restriction's.
Carbon ,considering usually small amount's present in most cartridges is onlt effective for ten or twelve day's maybe. After that ,the carbon becomes more of a place for nitrifying bacteria to call home.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:42 AM   #3
 
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Agreed. Thanks 1077. I'll remove the floss from the intake. I'm sure the betta will be fine. I really want the water circulation through the tank. I didn't even think to consider leaving the carbon filter in there for the bacteria. At least my baffle is filter floss, so they have somewhere to set up shop. The plants appear to be doing a good job with the filtration (??), but I'm new at the planted tank. I'm just keeping a close eye on everything until I gain the experience. I think I've checked my water parameters a million times over the last few weeks. Thanks again.
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