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post #11 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Also, the tank I bought, came with a filter,

Should I buy a bigger more powerful filter for my tank? Or is this one good enough?
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post #12 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 01:57 PM
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What filter are you running on the tank?
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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To be honest, I would have no idea, but it came with the tank as a bundle from petsmart so I am assuming it is not that good?

Like when you buy a case+PSU combo, the PSU is never any good.
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post #14 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 02:08 PM
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Yea, usually the filters put in bundle packages are a little on the weak side.

Replacing a filter can be tricky, to completely remove the filter for a new, can kill the tank cycle. Most of the bacteria you need to maintain the cycle, is living in the filter. If you go new, I would run both filters for a month, before pulling the old one out.

Since you are going planted, you may want to consider a canister filter. It would also be easier to find the room to operate both filters for a while at one time, canister filters do not need a lot of space to run the intake and out take.
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post #15 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 02:09 PM
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Difficult to answer, not knowing what filter you have. But generally speaking, in a planted tank you don't need a lot of filtration because the plants do it. The filter is only necessary to gently move the water and remove particles via the filter pad(s). You don't want a strong current. And the fish we generally have in planted tanks also like it quiet.


I see TM replied while I was typing; i agree that if you do replace the filter, a canister is best as it achieves what I mention above.

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post #16 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 02:12 PM
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just curious what lighting are you using and what ferts if any? im tryin to find plants that will work for me but i guess i just dont have the green thumb when it comes to aquarium plants :(
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post #17 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Im using the stock light and no ferts! Im so new to this, I can grow plants outside of the tank!

Haha, but man, I am learning alot. I bought the tank, and the next day put fish in!
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post #18 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I didnt know you should let you tank "mature"
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post #19 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 03:11 PM
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i can grow plants that arent in a tank no problem (hydroponically), just when they are totally submersed it gets hard. lol
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post #20 of 23 Old 10-03-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I got some new items for my tank and re arranged it!

I got some before and after shots, I am going to post them here shortly!
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