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post #1 of 13 Old 08-30-2006, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Plants & Filter = Problem?

Hey everyone...
In the next month or so I'm getting some more plants to the more of the bottom of the tank and than they will obviously grow and make the tank better looking. But the problem is....my filter. You can look @ my tank in my signature for a referance but its the type of filter that has a tub that you can visible see in the tank that sucks the water up and than it has two canister's for the carbon pads and than it pours into the tank. Now we get to my problem, when i put plants in the tank and they grow bit, the filter will obviously suck them to it's tube and make the filter not fully workable. Could I put a sponge on the tube where the water gets sucked up so even if the plants did get sucked to it, they would just be getting sucked to the sponge so that it will still have good suction. I dont know if you can understand what i wrote but all help is appreciated. Thanks,

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-30-2006, 05:32 PM
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Yes, you can wrap it with sponge using a string or rubber band. Don't use wire though as it can corrode in the tank killing the fish.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-30-2006, 06:16 PM
You could also try those sponges that come with power heads that way you shouldn't have to tie or band it with anything. Just an idea. :D
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-30-2006, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks all

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10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-31-2006, 05:29 AM
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What I would do is add a small sponge to the filter, this will slow down the flow rate of the aquarium but may help you with your plants, but I would place my filter intake below the spray bar. The spray bar is more powerful that the intake thus not sucking your plants up.
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-31-2006, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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I dont have a spray bar or whatever that is....

55 Gallon:1 Baby Bristlienose,1 Swordtail, 1 Bala Shark, 2 Common Pleco, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 angel fish,3 (look a like) rasbora Tetra's, 4 Black Skirt Tetra's, 4 Long-finned Gold Zebra Danios, 4 Cardinal Jumbo Tetra's,6 Red Eye Tetra's, 7 neon tetra's
10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-31-2006, 02:48 PM
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Could you post some pics of your set-up so i can have a look?
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-31-2006, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I can when I get home :D In about 2 hours

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10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-31-2006, 06:44 PM
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sweet, when I mean spray bar I mean the return pump, so where that water comes back into that tank place the intake above/next/below it.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-01-2006, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Crap I totally forgot to take some pics of it! I will try to soon

55 Gallon:1 Baby Bristlienose,1 Swordtail, 1 Bala Shark, 2 Common Pleco, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 angel fish,3 (look a like) rasbora Tetra's, 4 Black Skirt Tetra's, 4 Long-finned Gold Zebra Danios, 4 Cardinal Jumbo Tetra's,6 Red Eye Tetra's, 7 neon tetra's
10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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