Originally Posted by live2bet
herefishy, more questions :) .....
Would i need any reverse flow kit if i choose to Marineland 1140 powerheads ?
Which way would the water be flowing btw?
Tried looking for Magnum 350 on the internet and came up with a few models like 350 Pro, 350 deluxe and some 350 model comes with bio wheel as well. Which one should i be looking at?
Answer to Question #1 .... yes Re: http://www.petsolutions.com/Penguin-...68550+C42.aspx
And the reverse flow adaptors: http://www.petsolutions.com/Reverse-...86861+C42.aspx
Answer to question #2 .... The Deluxe would be fine Re: http://www.petsolutions.com/Magnum-3...33504+C20.aspx
Answer to the filter plate question ... I haven't bought one in some time. My plates came as (2)36" plates. They may have changed. But I would suggest using the (2) plate system if possible. Even with a 6' plate there are (4) "lift" tube holes. I would use (4) power heads. It sounds as though you intend to stock rather heavily and the added flow will be a blessing down the road. Re: http://www.petsolutions.com/72-X-18-...38720+C19.aspx
Answer to the water flow question .... The water will be flowing DOWN the tubes, rather than the traditional up, then under the filter plate and UP through the gravel. This causes a "lifting" current to keep sediment and particulates from settling on the substrate. Those reducing the need for deep gravel sweeps. Sweeps won't be done away with all together but the need will be greatly reduce. I deep sweep my tanks about once every 4-6 months.
Now, I must say here, that it is best to have the filtration system in place, pretty much, before we load the tank with fish. Having the filters pre-seeded, so to speak, before adding more fish allows the system to adjust quicker and stress the fish less.