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Old 01-22-2017, 11:00 PM   #1
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Ok last time I had fish undergravel filtration was the norm. I now have a 29 gal aquarium. Biowheel 330 with sponge on intake. Pool filter sand substrate What's left of a creeping charlie plant, one potted Amazon sword, a tannin leaching piece of driftwood and a 36" Nicrew LED light as the light we had went up in smoke....literally. There are 4 black mollies, 3 banded cory cats, 5 platys.

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1. How often and how much do I do for a weekly water change? My well has a touch high iron but otherwise is really good.

2. How often should I feed my fish?

3. I boiled my mopani driftwood twice for 2 hours each in my turkey fryer. It still is leaching tannens what now? Let it go? Remove it? Is there another driftwood species to try?

4. I need a good cover plant for the live born fry. What is a less messy alternative cover plant? Do I go with a floating plant?

5. Is the Nicrew 28-36" enough light for plants?

6. What is this CO2 system I hear about. I don't need it right?

7. I know mollies are brackish. Do I need to add salt? Won't it cause issues with the other fish?

8. I need to order any live plants in as my local pet store has a snail problem with their plants, and the other good store never has many plants beyond creeping charlie. I thought it looked nice but died off quickly and was a mess. If I order plants via ebay or other source how do I know that they arrive alive not frozen?


I have been reading for 3 days. I am now more confused than before. I used to raise mollies and swords. I would sell them to my LPS for in store credit.
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:51 PM   #2
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You'll probably get varying opinions, but here's my two cents.
1. Weekly water change of 25-30% works well for me.
2. Feed 2-3 times a day, a small amount. But you can skip a feeding or two with no harm. Better to feed too little than too much at a time.
3. I had mopani driftwood in a bucket of water, changed weekly, for months before it quit leaching.
4. Cover plant - myriophyllum is good. You can get plants from several internet sellers. But stay away from Aquariumplants.com - they are absolutely terrible.I speak from experience.
5. Don't know much about lighting but my plants do ok with similar LEDs
6. I had a CO2 system for awhile - expensive - and I didn't have much luck with it. But that's me. I find using planting substrate like Caribsea works pretty well for most plants. Also, Seachem Flourish Excel I find works wonders to help plants grow and almost totally eliminates algae. Love the stuff.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:11 AM   #3
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1. I change 40% bi-weekly

2. Once a day.

3. It will quit leaching at some point. Charcoal in the filter will clear the water until then.

4. To many options to name on this one. I suggest you find something you like the look of.

5. Can't help with this, not familiar.

6. Depends on the type of plants you want to keep. I do all low tech lower light plants. No Co2. But tanks with it can be amazing.

7. I have never kept Mollies.

8. I have bought lots of plants online. Snails are always a risk and so is the plant melting. Be prepared to buy twice as many plants as you think you need until you find ones that survive your water/light etc.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:38 PM   #4
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Thank you all for your opinions.

So a quick update. Today I came home from a 16 hour day of work sicker than a dog with the flu. The water was really dark brown. I immediately check the filter and the bio wheel 330 impeller has stopped. Ok great. I grab my other Bio wheel 170 and use one wheel from the 330 and the filter cartridge and get it going.

I then changed 10 gallons of the water. Which sucks because I did water change 2 days ago. After a 16 hour work day it's no fun.

I removed the 330 impeller assembly and it had been jammed by a piece of the impeller cracking off. OK this thing is ancient, time to order a new filter. Problem is I live in the middle of nowhere. Nearest store with anything fish is 1.5 hours one way. So for now I will be running the 330 and 170 in the 29 tank so I don't come home to a near catastrophe in the short period.

I don't have a cabinet beneath my tank so a canister filter is out. I was looking at an Aqua Clear. I would sponge over the intake tube. I would use ceramic cubes or what is recommended.

So do I get two Aqua clear 30's? I am thinking one filter on each side of the tank would be more beneficial.

Or do I get two Aqua Clear 50's?
It is cheaper to get one Aqua Clear 50.
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I don't have a cabinet and I use a canister. But lots of people love the aquaclear.
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Id say two ac50. If you want two filters. Remember you can adjust the flow. You could manage with two ac30. But having the larger media basket is nice too.
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One AC50 is scheduled to be here from Amazon tomorrow.

I was curious my LPS has ghost shrimp. I have Platys, mollies, masked cory cats, glo tetras (thanks to my daughter....grumbling), and Ottocinculus. I have a planted tank and driftwood the size of a average persons forearm. Think they would be ok? I don't want to feed the shrimp to my fish, I just like watching them.
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Couple things on ghosts...super cheap often a dime each. Losses are easier to swallow than a sakura. Get some size to them and some are fearless. Will tolerate higher tds (400). Helpful to judge if tank or aquarist is ready for more demanding/expensive shrimp. Id say go for it.
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Aqua clear 50 is running with the bio-wheel 330. Love the filter. I have a pretty good explosion of green algae right inline with my lights. All my water parameters are within normal. A touch high in iron.

I have 3 Otto in my 29 gallon tank and 2 in my 10 gallon tank. They aren't able to keep up with the glass algae. Plants look awesome. I was thinking about getting Amano shrimp for the 29 gallon tank to help with the algae. I live in northern WI it was 13F today with a low of -9F overnight. Do I even try to order shrimp? If so where do I get them without breaking the bank?

Should I use a magic eraser and scrub the glass?

I can't find Amano shrimp anywhere within 3 hours from me. I am scheduled to go to Milwaukee for work for a week. I was thinking of buying them there and bringing them home. (4 hour car ride)

The ghost shrimp in the 10 gallon tank are doing great. I did not put any in the 29 as I was floating the bag of shrimp to acclimate them and the Glo tetras were really interested in them. I decided it was a bad idea as the ghost shrimp were small.
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