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post #1 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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one large filter?

I am going to get 6-8 tanks to breed my plecos, can anyone tell me it would be ok to run off a large sump? I was worried about cross contamination of the water, but if I keep my fish healthy and have a quarantine tank ready for any emergencies, I will run a large UV. Do you think that I will get away with this?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 06:05 AM
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IMO, a sponge filter is enough for small breeding tanks. A sump is best in a large main tank.
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post #3 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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I dont like sponges, but i might be willing to.
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post #4 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 06:47 AM
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It's better to spend less than too much. Sponge filters are enough for a small breeding tank. A sump alone for each small tank is unnecessary.
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post #5 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about one large sump for the all the tanks, allot cheaper. Heaters are $60 here. the tanks will be from 30-50 gal so I do not think a sponge will work.
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post #6 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 06:58 AM
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Each tank at that size? Go for the sump then.
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post #7 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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That is what I am afraid of, if one of my breeder gets sick then it could all go down the drain :( but then its cheaper to do it this way. Would it be expensive to run 8 canister filters and 8 300 watt heaters? because this is the way I am leaning to.
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Bit rough, innit? Everything has pros and cons.
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post #9 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Bit rough, innit? Everything has pros and cons.
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post #10 of 18 Old 09-02-2006, 09:01 PM
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Zeb, I meant to say that the sump has pros and cons.
To translate the first sentence, here:
Bit rough, isn't it?
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