12-16-2011, 11:16 PM
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Air pump mainly because I like it and it adds more oxygen to the water.
When I speak of :
HOBs --- You usually buy an oversized one then what the box says to acheieve a water turnover rate of 7-10 per hour.
( I used a Marineland Penguin 350)
Canisters --- if the box says min. 30gal for aquarium, than that you get.. The 7-10 rule doesn't apply with canisters . It's weird and I don't know why.
I was running the Marineland Penguin 350 but the flow was to strong, too loud, and had high ammonia levels with it. I upgraded to the Eheim Ecco 2232 and it super silent, decent flow, and perfect parameters. (This is in my 27gal cube. )
While it does run around a hundred dollars, plusI bought media ($15) to last 1 1/2 yrs, you save money instead of buying cartridges. There are also cheaper alternatives, but I didn't mind spending the extra $15.
Anymore ?'s just let me know,
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