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post #41 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Rena Filstar XP3 on my 36 gallon, which is totally overkill. I already bought a Rena XP2 to replace it with so I can use the XP3 for a 55 gallon I'm planning.

These are canister filters that store under the cabinet so you don't have that big honking noisy hang on back type power filter that most people buy. I paid about $90 or $100 for the XP2 and that's the filter I would recommend. Let me know if you want a link to buy one for less than the pet stores sell them for.
I would like that link..Do you have anything on the back glass of your tank?I heard they make neat 3D background?I just don't want it to look cheesy
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I would like that link..Do you have anything on the back glass of your tank?I heard they make neat 3D background?I just don't want it to look cheesy
The best background for an aquarium is one that you don't notice. And here, plain black construction paper works and is very inexpensive. I use this on all my smaller tanks. It is not shiny (this accents the back wall) and the dull black makes the tank look deeper, and the fish and plant colours stand out more.

Having said that, the newish backgrounds that go in the tank and are like walls of wood or rock are OK, but very expensive.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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The best background for an aquarium is one that you don't notice. And here, plain black construction paper works and is very inexpensive. I use this on all my smaller tanks. It is not shiny (this accents the back wall) and the dull black makes the tank look deeper, and the fish and plant colours stand out more.

Having said that, the newish backgrounds that go in the tank and are like walls of wood or rock are OK, but very expensive.

I like the construction paper idea.Just tape it to the back of the tank?I'm also going to go get play sand today and my tank..Does it come in different colors?I like the lighter colors.What mixture do you use again?I just dont want it to ruin my filter.Is the Rena XP2 a good filter?
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I like the construction paper idea.Just tape it to the back of the tank?I'm also going to go get play sand today and my tank..Does it come in different colors?I like the lighter colors.What mixture do you use again?I just dont want it to ruin my filter.Is the Rena XP2 a good filter?
I use basic playsand, Quikrete Play Sand, it is "tan" which means a mix of black/tan/gray/white. Very authentic, it resembles the sand in many Amazonian streams.

Keep the filter intake about 5 inches above the substrate and sand won't get in the filter. Rena XP is a good filter, i have the XP3 on my 115g.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I would like that link..Do you have anything on the back glass of your tank?I heard they make neat 3D background?I just don't want it to look cheesy
The place I bought mine is Monster Pets and they no longer have them available, but this place has them for almost the same price & with Free Shipping.

I've bought a few items from these guys & I've never been disappointed.

Rena Filstar XP Canister Filter Aquarium Canister Filters

You could easily get away wth using the XP1, aka XPS but for a little extra you get more media baskets and a more powerful flow.

The Marineland C Series canisters have a decent reputation as well but I've heard of the tray gaskets being a bit of a pain in the butt.
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I use basic playsand, Quikrete Play Sand, it is "tan" which means a mix of black/tan/gray/white. Very authentic, it resembles the sand in many Amazonian streams.

Keep the filter intake about 5 inches above the substrate and sand won't get in the filter. Rena XP is a good filter, i have the XP3 on my 115g.
I have the Quickrete Playsand in one of my 20 gallon tanks, took a lot of rinsing but saved me a lot of money too!

As far as backgrounds I like the "underwater look" myself but my next tank will have a black background & I'll try your construction paper idea, thanks.

I'll also post up pictures of my tank eventually, with their full stock, filtration, etc.
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Here's a fairly recent pic of the 36 gallon tank:

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I'm at a LFS now and the man helping me said "do not use sand"It won't produce any oxygen and plants can't grow in it?I'm so confused..Help me:(
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I'm at a LFS now and the man helping me said "do not use sand"It won't produce any oxygen and plants can't grow in it?I'm so confused..Help me:(
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That's ridiculous. The pic I posted of my 36 gallon shows some Bacopa Caroliniana that grew from tiny little sprouts as well as Wisteria, various Crypts, Stargrass, Hygro Polyseperma, Swords, etc. ..........the results speak for themselves. Since when does gravel "produce" oxygen anyway?
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Better pics of my 36 gallon bowfront:



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