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Old 10-09-2016, 01:33 PM   #11
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I run sponge filters in all my tanks as a backup on a battery operated pump. If you have a bamboo shrimp, I would highly recommend a sponge filter because bamboo shrimp like to filter feed and it's so cool to watch

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Old 10-09-2016, 01:35 PM   #12
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Thank you guppygourami. I appreciate that. I've been looking at ZooMed since nrbhao mentioned it. I like that one so far and I can get it at pet smart or petco. My lfs doesn't carry more than diy setups. And this one I have is just crap. So I will also look at aquaclear and see what they have.

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No problem. Tell us how it is, I've never heard of ZooMed before. I absolutely love AC. As someone above mentioned, you can adjust them however you want. I have a sponge over the intake for fry and it's a great filter in general. Update us!
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Will let you all know what I get when I get it. Specs and all. I appreciate all the help will be a week from today before I can get one.

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:19 PM   #14
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A few thoughts...

Skirt Tetras should be in groups and are notorious Fin nippers. Regardless of color. Keep an eye on Betta for damage.

CAE grow to 12", only eat Algae as babies and suck body slime off any other fish they can catch.

You have Snails so you don't need CAE.

To keep your lillies bushy, trim any leaves before they hit the surface.

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:32 PM   #15
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Cae' s grow to 12" in length? 😰the pcs said they only get to like 2 maybe 3 inches... wth am I gonna do with them when they get bigger?

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:33 PM   #16
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And the snails haven't really touched much algae since they got big. I was going to give them to a friend of mine. She has a 30g that she is setting up. She is much more skilled than I am. Well chok it up to more rookie mistakes. I'll see what I can do about my situation in the tanks.

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:38 PM   #18
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Apparently you can't trust every lfs. At all. Even if they've been there and kept fish for 30 years and are a family owned store.

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CAE or snails or shrimp shouldn't be relied on for there cleaning abilities. Rather look at it as livestock with a bonus. Not every nerite or oto is going to do a good job.
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And what lillies? I didn't know I had any lillies. Other than a peace Lilly in the top filter of the 3 gallon but that's not exactly a submersible plant. You can let the roots dangle in but keep the actually plant out of the water.

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