So, my dear friends... I'm making a change. And I have questions! (If you want, you can skip down from here to the marked section below.
My filter on my 25g is broken. And though I think its an easy fix, I'm thinking this is a great opportunity for change.
I have a 10 year old but barely used (maybe a two weeks of use, total) air pump. I have airline tubing. And that's just a skip and a jump to the merry green land of *drumroll* SPONGE FILTERS!!! YAY!!! *applause*
My old filter just has WAY too much current for my fish, even with a baffle. It is a moderately planted tank now, on its way to becoming fairly heavily planted. I think this is the right move. Here is the pertinent stuff I have now:
25g high aquarium
vallisneria spiralis (Italian val)
hornwort (with plans for world domination)
Brazilian pennywort (3 stems that need a serious comeback after a lighting failure)
vallisneria americana (jungle val) (about 10 sad plants that need a serious comeback after a lighting failure)
In the near future:
red melon sword
possibly a java fern or anubias nana YOU CAN JUST SKIP DOWN TO THIS PART!
Brace yourself, here come the questions.
1. Will the Hagen Elite 801 air pump be enough to power a sponge filter on this 25g high tank?
2. Besides the air pump, airline tubing, a (checkity check yo self) check valve, and the sponge filter, what else do I need?
3. What are your opinions on the functionality (not appearance) of black airline tubing?
4. I'm getting a Lustar Hydro-Sponge. Do you think I should get a #2 or a #3?
5. Is it okay to place the air pump on the floor, or does it need to be at a specific height?
6. Do I place the heater near the sponge filter, like placing it near the intake of any other filter, or is there a better placement?
7. Are there any other tips, tricks, or suggestions you have?
Thank you all very much! You're awesome!