01-21-2010, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Freddy
Ok, so if I do get angelfish for my aquarium (strongly considering it) I would like to breed them. Everywhere I read says I need a sponge filter so the fry don't get sucked in, since I have a power filter right now. But a sponge filter only provides biological and mechanical filtration, not chemical. To have chemical filtration, I need carbon. So what's the solution? Anyone with a sponge filter out there? And I would put the sponge filter in with my filter I have now for at least a month before taking out the power filter, so the bacteria have a chance to grow, but would there be a way to speed this up, like with "filter muck"? Any help would be appreciated!
I added the sponge filter after I already had the BioWheel on the 14 gallon that is still cycling. I am going to have both. Definitely do not take the back filter off because that is where you have your good bacteria right now. I am pretty sure I am going to get Angels for my big tank. If I was going to breed I would still keep both the sponge and the canister filter (yours being back filter) going. I would use a prefilter sponge for the intake for the canister filter. You can do this for the back filter intake as well.
Regarding the carbon, I always had carbon in the past. However, I have recently read that if you do live plants carbon is not good to use all the time. Even on the Eheim instructions it says to only use the carbon when the tank is new and after medicating, etc. So, I guess the carbon thing won't be an issue if you decide to not use the back filter, but I would keep the back filter on there and when you get the babies just put a prefilter on the intake.
Also, I was not experienced with breeding Angels....had them breed when I was a kid. I remember that they can be good with their young but can turn on them and can decide to eat them. I think mine started to eat their young. You may have to separate them anyway. I don't know enough about this part though. I remember separating my Guppies and Molly fry though from the parents. Although, you would still need that prefilter on there for when they first hatch.
Last edited by HollyinWA; 01-21-2010 at 10:53 PM..