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Austin 02-05-2010 09:08 PM

Too much current??
I have a Marineland Penguin 200 Bio-wheel Filter thinggg in my 10 gallon tank. Actually it was the only filter I had stored in the garage to use. I have had good experiences with these filters so I have 3. One in my 29 gallon, 44 gallon, and 10 gallon. But I'm worried the current might be too store for my fish in the 10 gallon tank. Here is the description:

It does 200 gallons per hour and it says its for up to 50 gallon tanks.

I plan to keep platy, guppy, and ballon molly babies in the tank. Think they will be ok?

Angel079 02-05-2010 09:41 PM

I think you're gonna have a much other problem then the filter on that tank - A 10g stocked with Platy, Guppy & Mollies is just wayy too much livebearers in a 10g and to use a filter that's 5x of what's needed will not make up for the deficit of space in that tank.

Austin 02-05-2010 10:17 PM

I know, but the 20g tank would not fit in the spot I had to put the fish tank in. I don't have any money to buy a larger tank or anywhere to put it. So that'll have to do. I am not putting the 50g filter in the tank because I think it will make up for the waste the mollies, guppies, and platies make, as I mentioned it's the only filter I had spare. So instead of buying a smaller one I used what I already had.

Angel079 02-05-2010 10:44 PM

:lol: if you're so set why ask in the first place :lol:

THE point is not the waste; that can easily be taken care of by w/c. THE point it the size of these fishes, and assuming you have more then just 1 each and their need to SWIM....have room to move; that's the problem.

Austin 02-05-2010 11:01 PM

I'm not set... I'm asking about water current... not fish stock..... your reply was irrelevant...

iamntbatman 02-06-2010 01:24 AM

Since you're going to have fry in the tank anyway, I'd suggest putting something like some pantyhose or a sponge (you can buy bulk filter sponge from the LFS) over the intake to prevent the fry from getting sucked up. Just doing this may restrict the filter flow enough that it doesn't bother the fish.

If there's still too much current coming from the filter, you could try doing a DIY current dampener. Something like this, maybe?

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