02-27-2012, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by wannalearn
i am no expert, but i do know their are to way to look at filter flow, since you were worried about the flow.. some ppl say alot of flow is best, filter the maximum amount of water per hour as you can get away with, with out blowing your fish around, other say a slower flow is better, gives the water more contact time with the media, so more filtration time.. i am not completley sure which one is best, but both kinda make sence to me...
There are these opposing views, I agree. But what they forget is that water flow in any aquarium should be determined solwly by the needs of the fish. Biological filtration will take care of itself, though it is true that if the water is going through the filter media too fast there is less effective biological filtration. But again, provide what the fish need--this is an important aspect of a community tank, all fish in the tank need similar requirements. And water flow affects them physiologically.