Add another filter to 100g or not?
im a very experienced fishkeeper looking for opinions of the experts.....
i have a 100g tank currently has 6 tinfoil barbs and 6 bala sharks....water is always crystal clear and tests out perfect....im looking to add a few more fish though, possibly 6 baby silver dollars, and/or id sharks,
im currently running an aquaclear 500/110 as my main filter....in addition to that i have two internal air powered sponge filters, one at each end of the tank....like this....
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i have a spare aquaclear 200, and 300 sitting here, do you think its beneficial to add one of these to the current tank? or should i leave well enough alone?
if i added one of them i could take some of the media from the 500 and cut it to fit into the 200 or 300
PS....yes i realize how big these fish get, i have bigger tanks waiting for them
I'm less experienced than you, but here is my opinion, for what it's worth!
I always prefer more filtration capacity to less. My 55g has enough filter capacity for a 120. I'd say as long as the current is not totally too much for the fish, and for those fish it shouldn't be an issue, then add on excess filter capacity just for the peace of mind.
I take the opposite approach to filtration--but I will leave that topic because I see something much more important here. And that is the fish load.
I don't believe there is room for any more fish. You have six Tinfoil Barb, presumably these are Barbonymus schwanenfeldii which can attain 14 inches and should have a 6-7 foot tank of 200 gallons. The Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) attains 14-16 inches and should have an 8-foot tank. I certainly wouldn't crowd these with more fish now which might affect their growth.
I also wouldn't think combining the shy Silver Dollar with the more active cyprinids (both the Tinfoils and the Bala are very active) would be good, even with more space.
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