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Old 01-07-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
 
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Question How's my filtration?

On my 29g planted aquarium I'm pretty sure I've overstocked on my fish considering I have 1 blue gourami, 1 angelfish, 8 gold skirts, 2 corycatfish, and a bristlenose pleco, but I do have 2 filters running. My filter setups are

Fluval Aquaclear 30
-prefilter sponge
-foam sponge
-activated carbon (to remove the yellowing caused by my driftwood)
-biomax

Fluval Aquaclear 30
-prefilter sponge
-foam sponge
-2 biomax inserts


Is that enough filtration with the fish that I have considering I have 2 filters and plants? Does having plants help with the bioload? Or should I run a third filter? I already have an Aqueon Quietflow 20 laying around and I could probably just use a different filter media in there.And I don't want to just buy 1 big filter because multiple filters are handy when one gives out or anything like that.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:35 PM   #2
 
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Just to add I also do partial water changes every week to compensate for overstocking and once in a while I'll even do it twice a week.(I find water changing to be therapeutic lol)
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:24 AM   #3
 
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On my 29g planted aquarium I'm pretty sure I've overstocked on my fish considering I have 1 blue gourami, 1 angelfish, 8 gold skirts, 2 corycatfish, and a bristlenose pleco, but I do have 2 filters running. My filter setups are

Fluval Aquaclear 30
-prefilter sponge
-foam sponge
-activated carbon (to remove the yellowing caused by my driftwood)
-biomax

Fluval Aquaclear 30
-prefilter sponge
-foam sponge
-2 biomax inserts


Is that enough filtration with the fish that I have considering I have 2 filters and plants? Does having plants help with the bioload? Or should I run a third filter? I already have an Aqueon Quietflow 20 laying around and I could probably just use a different filter media in there.And I don't want to just buy 1 big filter because multiple filters are handy when one gives out or anything like that.
Plants do process the bioload and much more effectively IMHO than any man made filter.

What really matters is there you're happy with the filtration and tank.

In my systems I use no mechanical filtration or circulation. Just use the plants for filtration.

But that's just my .02
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
 
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Plants do process the bioload and much more effectively IMHO than any man made filter.

What really matters is there you're happy with the filtration and tank.

In my systems I use no mechanical filtration or circulation. Just use the plants for filtration.

But that's just my .02
You can run a tank without mechanical filtration? Do you have any issues with cloudiness in your tank?
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You can run a tank without mechanical filtration? Do you have any issues with cloudiness in your tank?
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Yeppers

no cloudiness as well.

With no circulation stuff just settles down on the substrate.

my .02

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Old 01-08-2014, 01:54 PM   #6
 
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I think the filtration is fine..maybe even overkill, but as long as the fish aren't getting swept around and struggling to swim, they'll be fine. :)

I wouldn't include carbon if you have live plants, the carbon removes important nutrients the plants will need to absorb. If this is just temporary to absorb the tannins though, you should be fine.

And I'm not sure an angel and a Gourami together in such a small tank is a good idea. I have heard not to mix the two.

You should also keep at least 5 cories. :)
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I think the filtration is fine..maybe even overkill, but as long as the fish aren't getting swept around and struggling to swim, they'll be fine. :)

I wouldn't include carbon if you have live plants, the carbon removes important nutrients the plants will need to absorb. If this is just temporary to absorb the tannins though, you should be fine.

And I'm not sure an angel and a Gourami together in such a small tank is a good idea. I have heard not to mix the two.

You should also keep at least 5 cories. :)
Thank you for the reply. I'm glad to hear that my filtration systems fine. The angel and gourami are actually doing fine together and they actually stay on completely opposite sides of the tank. I think it helps that I have plants that they can hide in. If anything I can most likely give the gourami to a neighbor who is starting up his own tank.

Is it true that carbon will steal nutrients from my plants? I'm considering just adding more biomax and some filter floss to substitute the carbon
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:29 PM   #8
 
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Zero is zero - if your ammonia and nitrite levels are zero (and clarity is good) then you have enough filtration. Does that mean you will always have enough? No, stock changes and fish grow.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:40 PM   #9
 
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That's one thing carbon is for. It does absorb funky colours and avoids odors, but it also absorbs heavy metals and other things that are in the tap water and fertilisers added for plants.

Carbon is fine for non planted tanks, but it strips too much from the water to be good for plants.. And pretty much nulls out any added fertiliser that's in the water column.

And what may see says is correct. As long as your levels stay stable after cycling the tank..you've got enough filtration. If your fish are struggling to swim and getting blown about, you need to dampen the flow. If you can't dampen the flow enough then you've probably got too much filter.

I ran my 28gal with only a single sponge filter and it was adequate. I didn't have an angelfish, but I had two schools of tetra/rasbora, a school of cories,, and then depending on the timeframe, either a Gourami or a ram. With a full grown angel I would've probably upped the filtration, but you've already got much more than my one sponge.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:51 PM   #10
 
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Thank you all for your input. Is it too late to add more corys because they're not from the same tank?
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