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post #31 of 64 Old 04-16-2011, 04:01 PM
beautiful setup.
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beautiful setup.
Thank you just hope I can get rid of the fungus that is on my substrate gone I do like the way the tank looks now which is the third pic much better then I had it before
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That is nice indeed. The fungus will go, that's in the works.

I do have a suggestion on the filter since you mentioned it and drew my attention to it. The filter return (outflow) should be at the opposite end of the tank (lengthwise) from the filter intake. That way you will have a definite flow from one end to the other, not only replicating a stream [the fish do swim accordingly, in all my tanks] but ensuring a better distribution of water for heat as well as general circulation. The spray bar can then be across the end wall of the tank to further distribute the water evenly from front to back.

That seems to be en Eheim, so the tubing is long enough (or you can buy extra tubing if what you have has been cut to fit this arrangement).

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That is nice indeed. The fungus will go, that's in the works.

I do have a suggestion on the filter since you mentioned it and drew my attention to it. The filter return (outflow) should be at the opposite end of the tank (lengthwise) from the filter intake. That way you will have a definite flow from one end to the other, not only replicating a stream [the fish do swim accordingly, in all my tanks] but ensuring a better distribution of water for heat as well as general circulation. The spray bar can then be across the end wall of the tank to further distribute the water evenly from front to back.

That seems to be en Eheim, so the tubing is long enough (or you can buy extra tubing if what you have has been cut to fit this arrangement).

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Okay I was wondering after I set it up if I had it wrong and it is a eheim 2213. I starting thinking I should have had them in different ends of the tank like you just suggested Thanks Byron I don't know if I have enough hose now or not but I will get some more and change that setup ASAP! One question through I currently have the holes on the spray bar hitting the glass. Do I need to have the holes pointed way for the glass to get better flow will this be okay?
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post #35 of 64 Old 04-16-2011, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I also Have the heater by the intake will that placement of the heater be okay or do I need to change it?
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On the spraybar, I direct the holes toward the glass just to diffuse the current a bit. It achieves this without actually reducing the volume, just the strength of the current. Using the valve (on the newer models now) actually reduces the amount of water flowing through, which is a different thing. By experimenting with the spray bar (turning it very little) you can create a slight surface disturbance or not as well, which can also be helpful. The extent of all this depends upon what you need for the fish.

The heater I place beside the filter return (spraybar) so the flow carries the heated water into the tank. This also prevents the heated water from just rising up as it will do without a current. In my longer tanks (4+ feet) I use two heaters, one at each end so the water entering the tank and then leaving the tank is being heated.

One of the negatives about Rena filters is that the tubing only comes in 5-foot lengths. I have one of these on my 115g and have to place the canister on the floor at one end, so I cannot reach the opposite end with any of the tubes. I get around that by putting the filter outflow as far down the tank as |I can, and removing the spraybar so it is the full current, and then directing that toward the end wall about a foot further on. It has worked well; the water hits the end wall and bounces back, and is strong enough to provide a noticeable current for a foot or two, which suits the woodcats just fine.

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post #37 of 64 Old 04-16-2011, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm okay that makes sense now Byron I am going to have to check into the flow for what my fish need once I get some hose I will change the placement and flow of the filter accordingly.
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post #38 of 64 Old 04-17-2011, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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okay soo just a quick update. Its been 13hrs since I made the changes and NO fungus anywhere! So thats a plus so far. Usually after siphoning the gravel and doing a water change the fungus would be back in that amount of time.
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post #39 of 64 Old 04-17-2011, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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OKay I originally posted a pic with these "spots" in the first part of the thread. I didn't go into detail at what y'all were looking at. That's my fault but I am still wondering what they are? It almost looks like an egg sack to me? Could someone please tell what you think they are? They are all over my tank from plant leaves to the side of the glass.
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post #40 of 64 Old 04-17-2011, 07:54 AM
Snail eggs.
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