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Too much light and filtration/current?
Old 07-25-2011, 12:58 PM   #11
 
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I went to a couple of pet stores (big chain stores, unfortunately there are no indepedent fish/aquarium in my area any longer) to see what they had. I was hoping to find a sponge filter driven by a small power head, if such a thing exists, as I would prefer not to have an air pump and bubbles. One thing I like about the canister filter is that it is so quiet. Neither store carried sponge filters of any type. They did have a few internal filters that were essentiallly motor driven sponge filters, the difference being that the sponge was incased in plastic and it had an intake of only a few square inches rather than the entire sponge.
Do you remember the brand? I have an old Eheim "sponge" that hangs inside the tank in the corner, a plastic mini-canister in looks with the motor on top and the sponge below. It is a super filter; water is drawn in through a circular row of openings and expelled out the motor head. But someone told me they don't make them anymore. I've had this one for more than 15 years.

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They didn't have much in the way of lights either, just the standard stuff. I found an old T8 (15 watts I believe) that I had packed away in a closet. I may use it, its just so ugly compared to the sleek T5 fixture.
Yuo might be better online. If you're in the USA, there's Drs.Foster&Smith that have several makes of fluorescent fixtures. I've never used them, being in Canada, so I'm not "recommending" them but I do like their website, as it has loads of data on the products.

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You think I will be fully stocked with what will be (once I get my light and filter situation squared away) 6 glowlight, 6 harlequin rasboras and the farlowella? I would like to add more if I could.
Substrate fish are possible; a group of cory (5-6 of the average species, or 9-11 of the dwarf species). And possibly a group of hatchetfish for the top? The species in Carnegiella are best, smaller, and quiet. Check out Carbegiella marthae (a silver type) or Carnegiella strigata (marble). A group of 8-9 of either (not both). Or some pencilfish? Nannostomus eques would be fine, 7-8; or Nannostomus marginatus (7-8) or Nannostomus morthentaleri for some real red.

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Old 07-25-2011, 02:39 PM   #12
 
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One filter was from Marineland. It was essentially a powerhead with a sponge filter for the intake. The problem with that one was the flow rate. It was about the same as my canister. Another one was by Fluval and was similar to what you described: a plastic box with slits for water intake in which a sponge was placed with a small motor on top to pull water through the sponge, I may go back and get that one.

I cleaned up my old T8 fixture and bought a new bulb - single 15 watt tube, no Kelvin rating shown, but primary peaks at 640 and 420 nm on the spectral graph.

I think I will definitely get some corys, I like those, maybe 3 regular and 3 albino aeneus.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:35 PM   #13
 
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One filter was from Marineland. It was essentially a powerhead with a sponge filter for the intake. The problem with that one was the flow rate. It was about the same as my canister. Another one was by Fluval and was similar to what you described: a plastic box with slits for water intake in which a sponge was placed with a small motor on top to pull water through the sponge, I may go back and get that one.

I cleaned up my old T8 fixture and bought a new bulb - single 15 watt tube, no Kelvin rating shown, but primary peaks at 640 and 420 nm on the spectral graph.

I think I will definitely get some corys, I like those, maybe 3 regular and 3 albino aeneus.

Thanks for the input.
Was the Fluval this one?
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With corys, minimum 3 per species is fine when there will be 2 or more species.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:00 PM   #14
 
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The one that I thought was the best of the internal filters was the Fluval U1. It had foam only and looked like it had better flow (more slits in the case). There were others, similar to what you linked to, but they had things like charcoal chambers/inserts and they generally had very small intake areas.

Installed the T8 fixture and does it seem dim, which I guess it is compared to the double T5. I think the setup you described with the two 10 watt CFLs would be the right combo, so I think I will try to find one of those eventually.
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