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Old 09-17-2011, 07:06 AM   #31
 
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No, HOB filters (hang on back) are better by far than sponge filters but having said that, sponge filters are much better for fry tanks because there are no tubes that the fry can get sucked into, and that's what happened to the baby Molly I mentioned in the previous post. Sponge filters are just a circular black sponge with an air hose attached, any junk in the water is soaked up by the sponge which has to be rinsed out once a week or so, they are very basic and should only be used for fry which don't pollute the water much anyway. If you look very closely at the pic I posted of my fry, you can just make out the sponge filter on the middle.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:34 PM   #32
 
Yer the first time I had platy fry i got a really small long tank(think it was for a betta) with the hang on filter i have now. a few of the fry were swimming too close and got stuck to the in-pipe and couldnt swim away being so little, they ended up turning pale white and then dieing.
I cam up with an idea of cutting a sponge and trimming it to fit on the end of the pipe, thought it was like a double filter too and the fry just bounce off it cause it slowed the water intake too.
Now I have a bigger tank thats about 10L for the fry and a few guppies, still got that hang on filter but havent needed the sponge because there is more room they just stay away from it.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:58 PM   #33
 
Well here is my new tank with all the mollies in there now. Total of 7 mollies, 2 male 5 female in there.
There is a bunch of Ambrulia, another similar type of plant, a java fern, a lily type of a pyramid driftwood(which im swapping for a different driftwood once it soaks more) and nother plant at the back that i dont know what type it is.
Here are some pictures of how it looks now. I will be rearranging and moving the plants when I put the other driftwood in there.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:39 PM   #34
 
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Looks terrific, the all-in-one tanks are great these days aren't they, you've made a good job of it.
If I lived near you I would come around and steal your male Koi Lyretail, it's one of the nicest Mollies I have seen in a long time, we don't seem to be able to get the Koi mollies down here, at least I haven't seen one, I may have to look harder.
Can we see a pic of your Platie fry?
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #35
 
There is almost always a male koi up here at the store around near me. I haven't seen lyretail one since my one but there are koi ones out there.
Here is another picture of my male lyretail.
I havent had any platy fry for a while and so i only have 2 survivors left. They are the fry of my Hawaiian platy i think. I didnt see the birth or notice her being pregnant, just found them in the corner near my driftwood and java fern one day. They are about 1.5cm long now and id say maybe 2 months old. They are hard to get a good photo of cause they just dont stop swimming.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:32 AM   #36
 
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Thanks for the extra pics of the Koi Lyretail, I'm green with envy...........
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:42 AM   #37
 
Hi Pisces47
Just a thought with this Styrofoam under the tanks. I have a small 18L tank, would it be alright to put small pieces of styrofoam under the tank with some gaps between the styrofoam blocks? There are 4 small pieces of leftover styrofoam that i was thinking of putting under the tank but with the spread out evenly will it be ok for the tank?
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:52 AM   #38
 
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Yep, that will be fine, evenly spread with gaps will still take a great deal of the stress out of the glass.
Are you testing the bigger tank for the leak??
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:55 AM   #39
 
I will be testing and checking for that leak see if i can find it. But now that i bought a bigger tank, i will probably to and sell the previous one for about $50 with light and filter that work fine.
I'm going to go and buy another plant or two tomorrow and then i will post pictures of my new tank and I just changed the layout of my other tank.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #40
 
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They must really love you at your local aquarium store, do they give you staff discount??
Hope you find the leak, it will be a difficult job though.
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