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post #1 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Spray bar position with floating plants

I want to float more plants but the one I have right now just spins and flips around all the time because my spray bar sprays directly across the top of the tank. I love having that circulation, but I'm curious what everyone else does with their canister's input/output with floating plants.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-11-2013, 10:16 PM
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I don't have floating plants.

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post #3 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 09:57 AM
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Have the holes pointed at the tank wall just at a slight angle where its kinda pointing downwards. That way the current hits the wall and goes downwards and you will still get circulation.
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post #4 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 12:37 PM
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i have duckweed,and the spray bar faces into the tank,but facing
downwards.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 02:39 PM
i was wondering the same thing. i have very large dwarf water lettuce in my tanks but i like to have surface agitation to keep down on the protein fil.
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i was wondering the same thing. i have very large dwarf water lettuce in my tanks but i like to have surface agitation to keep down on the protein fil.
I have protein film in my 29 and have to keep the current moving across it or it gets BAD!! So with that said I just gave up on the idea of floating plants in that tank. instead just keep the lower waters heavily planted for the fish.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 03:13 PM
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i'm wondering if to have half the spray bar facing down,and half
causing a ripple,stopping the duck weed blocking all the light..
it's a very long spray bar,by the way with joiners,

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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I have protein film in my 29 and have to keep the current moving across it or it gets BAD!! So with that said I just gave up on the idea of floating plants in that tank. instead just keep the lower waters heavily planted for the fish.
this is what im debating on doing. i really like the dangling roots but man it does get bad. ive been contemplating on getting a skimmer style inlet. im a bit concerned on noise if there is any from it an also plants clogging it... i think what you have suggested on having no top water plants an having a more heavily planted lower level might be the way to go
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-12-2013, 05:00 PM
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I have fought with mine for months trying to figure out what was causing my protein film and never could figure it. I even complete torn down the tank once and it still came back. I love floating plants as well but when they kept dieing cause of the scum I was done. I have no clue and couldn't any real suggestion on the matter as to what was causing it other than the driftwood might be the problem. Soo I just took the floating plants out and moved my spray bar. I now have a lil bit on top but not much at all.

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