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Old 08-01-2008, 02:16 AM   #11
 
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I just set up my first canister filter a few days ago, and I've gotta say it's nice. The aquarium in question is a 29 gallon. I'm running a HOB filter with both sponge material and filter floss. I put play sand in the tank and I'll be honest - I didn't rinse it as well as I really should have. I had the power filter running for about 24 hours on the tank but the water was still quite cloudy. However, after having the Fluval 204 running on the tank for about two hours, the water was crystal clear. I can't vouch for this filter completely as I've read some negative reviews of it and I've only had it running for a couple of days.

I still think a combination of filtration methods is the best way to go. Sure, you can buy a huge canister filter that's rated to cover your whole tank, but getting a smaller canister and using it in conjunction with other filters would be even better.

Also, there are much cheaper alternatives to Petsmart. Their online prices are generally better than what you'd pay in the store, but there are online-only retailers that are cheaper still. Aquariumguys.com and drsfosterandsmith.com are two good sites. Also, if the hefty price of canisters gives you a bit of sticker shock, consider looking at craigslist. Sometimes people sell equipment for really good prices there.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:30 AM   #12
 
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I still think a combination of filtration methods is the best way to go. Sure, you can buy a huge canister filter that's rated to cover your whole tank, but getting a smaller canister and using it in conjunction with other filters would be even better.
This is called "layered filtration". There is a pretty good thread about it already on the site. The thread gives a basic explanation of the concept. You will need to weed through a bit of stocking ideas, but it finally does get down to some basics of advanced filtration.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:54 AM   #13
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Alright, thanks all for your input... I'll keep everything in mind when I make my purchases.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:38 PM   #14
 
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Neons and platys can co-exist well, mine do at least. The three stooges (my mickey mouse platys) are rambunctious and made my neons nervous at first. They tended to hang out in the back corners at the bottom, the platys would chase one another mostly in the mid and upper reaches of the tank towards the center. However after my neons seemed to figure out that while spastic and obnoxious the platys were harmless and now swim freely in the tank, getting out of the way when the stooges come barreling through.
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