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taylorg 01-01-2009 02:02 PM

all system go for bigger tank
i finally convinced my my parents to let me get a 20 h in my room, my room currently has a 2 gallon 5.5 gallon and a 10 gallon so this 20 will finish me off . my question now is what type of filter and heater should i be looking in to getting i was looking at canister filter for it but i would gladly exempt any suggestions on substrate, heater, fish and plants and any thing else you can think of thanks:-)

Cody 01-01-2009 02:27 PM

I wouldn't get a canister unless you have a planted tank. If you don't, then I would get a HOB filter like a Marineland Penguin 100. Good heaters are the Stealth and the Hydor Theo. A 100W should be fine for your needs.

taylorg 01-01-2009 02:31 PM

im gonna have it planted but not super heavy but midway planted with a nice drift wood center piece would the flow of water mater ??

Cody 01-01-2009 02:35 PM

You will want to have very little surface agitation then. More surface agitation means more O2 which takes away the CO2 for your plants. A canister would be best, but I have no experience with them so I cannot recommend one.

taylorg 01-01-2009 03:02 PM

ok thanks for the info

rugie 01-01-2009 03:25 PM

cody, more surface agitation means less co2 for the plants, as the movement exposes more water to the ambient air, thereby exposing that co2 to that air

willow 01-01-2009 03:42 PM

new tank sounds good :)
on my tank i run a canister,i find them easy to run and nice and quiet,
it's a Fluval.

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