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What type of filter to use on a 40b?
Old 11-16-2011, 07:22 PM   #11
 
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
 
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Is this on a 40b? That seems like a lot of filtration.
Yes. I use it to grow out fish so they can go into something bigger. I have found you can never have too much filtation. The sponge filter really helps with bio.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:43 PM   #13
 
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I use a water bottle baffle on my AC70's so there is very little surface agitation and it cost nothing to make
Its still more then the very very slight to pretty much no surface movement I have in my tanks. In a well planted tank water movement within the water column is often just as important as filtration. I'm not sure how this tank is going to be setup, but if you get really dense plant growth a HOB is not going to move the water around the tank as well as a submersible pump. The submersible pump can direct strong current across the length of a tank at a depth, giving it better circulation abilities. Its quite important when large amounts of plants like to constrict water movement which can lead to cold zones in the tank. These places will also become nutrient poor pretty fast.

Given the stocking is just 4 DP and some cherry shrimp the tank is not actually going to have a 'cycle' anyway. Even with the filter in there the plants are going to consume the ammonia. Given the large amount of plants and low bioload you don't even need a filter. You do still need a powerhead to provide circulation. If you have a filter the biological abilities are irrelevant all the filter is going to be doing is mechanical filtration.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:38 AM   #14
 
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I have tried the water bottle baffle and it was kinda a hassle. I think I am going to use the sponge with a power head (which is submersible).
Yes, The sponge would alway's provide a viewing area for the shrimp which will be attracted there to feed on particulates .
Also assure's no tiny shrimp's can be drawn into the filter.
I use an aquaclear HOB on a tank holding some cherry shrimp/cardinal's and placed a sponge over the intake to prevent shrimplet's from being drawn into the filter and seem's there are alway's a few shrimp, clinging to the sponge while feeding.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:42 AM   #15
 
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Given the stocking is just 4 DP and some cherry shrimp the tank is not actually going to have a 'cycle' anyway. Even with the filter in there the plants are going to consume the ammonia. Given the large amount of plants and low bioload you don't even need a filter. You do still need a powerhead to provide circulation. If you have a filter the biological abilities are irrelevant all the filter is going to be doing is mechanical filtration.
Thank you Mikaila, I was wondering if I could even get away from running a filter in the first place. I don't know how densely it is going to be plant wise yet.
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