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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.

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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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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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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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