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Old 12-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Aqueon 2.5g MiniBow design flaw

Okay so after having this tank a while I've noticed a pretty big flaw (IMO). The fixture is positioned so the bulb it's directly over the filter, which is open. At first I didn't think twice about it till I put a cfl in to turn the tank planted, well with in a week or so the filterpad was covered in algae. So now I have to clean the filter Quite often to keep it from being caked in algae.

Now obviously this is only and issue with plant friendly bulbs. And there maybe be a reason the fixture is that way (space).

But I think they could have made some sort of cover our something to go over the filter pad to prevent this.

Here are some pictures, I just cleaned the filter so there really isn't anything on in, but in a week or so it'll be covered.
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Okay so after having this tank a while I've noticed a pretty big flaw (IMO). The fixture is positioned so the bulb it's directly over the filter, which is open. At first I didn't think twice about it till I put a cfl in to turn the tank planted, well with in a week or so the filterpad was covered in algae. So now I have to clean the filter Quite often to keep it from being caked in algae.

Now obviously this is only and issue with plant friendly bulbs. And there maybe be a reason the fixture is that way (space).

But I think they could have made some sort of cover our something to go over the filter pad to prevent this.

Here are some pictures, I just cleaned the filter so there really isn't anything on in, but in a week or so it'll be covered.
There wasn't a design flaw when you didn't modify the hood by putting in a different kind of bulb. So the company made no design flaw, they just decided to make it that way for the not so good light. But I do thing it is a problem when that happens. I have the same issue on my ten gallon. Maybe you could find a way to cover the filter so it is not in the light.
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There wasn't a design flaw when you didn't modify the hood by putting in a different kind of bulb. So the company made no design flaw, they just decided to make it that way for the not so good light. But I do thing it is a problem when that happens. I have the same issue on my ten gallon. Maybe you could find a way to cover the filter so it is not in the light.
I agree that it's only a problem if you change the bulb. I haven't found anything thin enough theres completely opaque.

I have thought about stuffing a second piece of foam on top and just changing that one out every now and then.
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JBJs halfmoon 8 gallon had this same flaw except with the stock bulb.
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JBJs halfmoon 8 gallon had this same flaw except with the stock bulb.
Well with an incandescent, algae doesn't grow. But it loves the cfl.
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Well with an incandescent, algae doesn't grow. But it loves the cfl.
The stock bulb was a cfl.
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I've thought about maybe getting plexiglass and painting it black, and laying it over the top. And just notching it so it fits around the ”water spout” and seats nice. I don't really know what would be the best way to do it. But it's getting pretty annoying now.
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Maybe get a piece of black card and laminate it?

Or just a piece of black bin liner? Haha
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You can buy tinted perspex/plexiglass.
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Got any old hoods laying around? Cut a piece out and set it on top of it. Anything to cover the pad will help.
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Dang! Blue cartrdige! Anyways, here is what I did-


Tossed that filter in the trash

Cut out the little plastic in the hood where it sits

(looks like a normal hood now)


Bought a red sea deco art nano filter



Everyone is SOOO much better. Costs 12$

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can you post a picture of your entire tank? just curious how it looks
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Sure!

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can you post a picture of your entire tank? just curious how it looks
I will once I do the cleaning, I will haha
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Lol, who did he say that too?


If it wasn't me, sorry :O
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Lol, who did he say that too?

If it wasn't me, sorry :O
Haha, after you posted I thought that to! 0_o
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I like to see everyone tanks I was refering to the OPer but makes no difference!
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from your response I can tell that you realize you maybe missing the joy of live plants
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