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Old 12-08-2013, 10:41 PM   #171
 
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ok folks I've got yet another question ( actually 2 ). I am wondering if I need more movement in my tank. I keep reading about dead spots with no movement. All I have for flow is my HOB Penguin 350 with bio wheels, which is located on the far right side of the tank.

1. Should I add something for more water flow ?

My LFS is having another sale Tuesday of buy 1 get another of the same for 2 cents. The fish I have are in my sig. and please dont count my daughters fish for they will be back in her tank soon. I need some ideals for some other fish that will go good with the ones I have.

2. Your thoughts please ?
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:12 PM   #172
 
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I would add a second filter. Not another penguin though.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:27 PM   #173
 
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you dont like penguins haha. Your thoughts ?
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:47 AM   #174
 
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No, I think they are noisy and poorly designed. Let's look at the bio wheel. The glaring design issue is that the water that spins the wheel has already been through the filter media.... So I don't know how much ammonia is left by the time it gets to the wheel. The emperor filter, on the other hand, has a second pump that uses a spraybar to drive the wheel - major design improvement. This means that the water that spins the wheel has NOT been through the filter media and has a full concentration of ammonia, which means it will support a more substantial bacteria colony on the wheel. With the penguins, depending on your bioload, you may not have any bacteria living on the wheel. No ammonia, no bacteria.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:02 AM   #175
 
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I actually wondered about the wheel set up myself. Just didnt makes sense to me either hahaha. I would much rather use a canister filter but they are far too pricey for me atm.

As far as fish I really wanted some Endlers, but I have read that you shouldnt mix them with the ordinary guppy so I suppose they are out. I would like some cichlids as well but they are too aggressive and it seems the mild ones like much lower PH (mine is currently 8.2).
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #176
 
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I made a 3 ft cannister filter from screwfix, they even sale the 1200ltr water pump for it. All in 50 notes prob less 30 quid if you had the pump all ready. Even better if you knew a plumber. What kind of water will your stockist have??? Around sbout the same i would think, there breed in these higher ph levels mine used to breed in 7.3 but for some reason it is comeing out the tap now at 6.8 the tank 6.6. Wild caugh would be differant story.
I kept a range of comunity fish at that level, angels, apistogrammas, german blue rams, golden rams, red breasted acra, a few gouramias, theres a huge range of tank reared fish good for you.

I like the endlers over the guppy there marking are so stunning. Got two liveing with a stunted angel happy as larry

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:44 AM   #177
 
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The best pic av got on the phone, sure ive got pictures of me makeing it

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:04 AM   #178
 
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Canisters are wonderful. I have 4 of the sunsuns and really like them. Do a search on eBay for "canister filter" - the sunsuns are the white ones. You'll be shocked at the price.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:51 PM   #179
 
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My wife had endlers and guppies. Now she just has endlers. ALL the guppies died from unknown cause within 1 month. Females first then ,one by one , the males died. No other fish in the tank have died. Don't have proof that it was the endlers, but I did observe the endlers chasing/ harrassing the guppies.
For the fish you have I would reccomend a school of zebra danios or cherry barbs. Both are pretty, active fish that do best in small schools. Best of luck my friend.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:39 PM   #180
 
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thnx for all the replys. I will respond to them after work. thnx again, Gary
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