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Old 05-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Is this a good fluval set up and maintanace?

Is this a good fluval 405 set up and maintenance?
Top tray • fluval polish pads
• fluval bio max
Middle tray. • one side has peat pellets and the other side has 50 grams of fluval lab service phospate remover.
Bottom tray. • fluval pre filter

(to stop the filter getting clogged up with stuff the bite that sucks the water into the tank has a small sponge in it and I remove any bites that stick to it.)

I clean the filter every two weeks I would clean the 4 sponges on one side then 2 weeks later I will clean the other side with the plastic boxes then two weeks later I will clean the other side again. I never clean the filter with water I clean it wil fish tank water and I will add a small amount of stress zyme to the water before I clean the filter.

I replace the fluval pre filter, peat pellets, of fluval lab service phospate remover with another 50 games, fluval bio max, fluval fluval polish pads every year but I replace one wait 3 weeks and then replace the next wait 3 weeks then replace the next and I ease up on water changes during this time when I'm replacing them
I have 12 fish
7 tiger barbs
1 rainbow shark
and 4 Otocinclus
I try my best to keep my fish healthy and happy I remove as much stress as I can e.g. Rather then using a jog to remove water during a water change I use a pipe so the water goes down slowly and I turn the lights off. I give them a balanced diet- tetra min in the morning and then terta pro at night and I give them tubifex every 4 days and live food every 3 weeks.
And my tank has quite a few plants.
Tank information: 57inches by 17 inches by 17 inches. 300W heater.
Fluval 405 water changes every week 15% lots of plants 12 fish hopefully that is understocked and one light I might upgrade to 2 lights next month.

Is that a good setup and maintenance?
I'm very sorry for so much writing and any spelling mistakes.
Thank you if you answer
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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How long has the aquarium been set up? I am not sure how the barbs and shark are going to work with the ottos. The only way to know is by testing your water. Have you had it tested and what were the results? Don't put much faith in the stresszyme.
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