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Old 05-19-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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30 gallon lighting and filter help, please :)

Hey everyone, I've currently got a 10gallon biube but to be honest I think it's restricting my options of fish and how many I can have so I'm upgrading to a 30gallon tank but not sure on what kind of filter and lighting system I would need. Any help is appreciated.thanks.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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Hey everyone, I've currently got a 10gallon biube but to be honest I think it's restricting my options of fish and how many I can have so I'm upgrading to a 30gallon tank but not sure on what kind of filter and lighting system I would need. Any help is appreciated.thanks.
What are u planning on keeping. Depending on what stockings u want. The filter will vary. But I recommend a canister filters. They are great and easy to maintain. Look into eheim or fluval. Fluval is more affordable. But u get what u pay for I guess. Do some research between products before u decide.

As for lights. I'm gonna leave that for the pros. I'm no good with lights.

+1 on upgrading btw happy cyclying!
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What are u planning on keeping. Depending on what stockings u want. The filter will vary. But I recommend a canister filters. They are great and easy to maintain. Look into eheim or fluval. Fluval is more affordable. But u get what u pay for I guess. Do some research between products before u decide.

As for lights. I'm gonna leave that for the pros. I'm no good with lights.

+1 on upgrading btw happy cyclying!
I was gonna decide what fish I wanted after I've set it all up an cycled the tank but I'm obviously goin the wrong way about it lol I know for sure that I want a red tailed shark but that's it at the moment. Thanks for the advice I will look into the eheim and fluval filters.
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I find my red tailed shark only became active after I gave him plenty of caves to choose from and where ever his favorite one was he liked subdued lighting on that side of the tank, the tetras liked it too, it's a regular eclipse natural daylight fluorescent tube I think it's 18 watts and somewhere 24 inches, if you have a full hood put black paper or cardboard under the light on top of the plastic window, if there's enough light in ur room in the day don't even turn on the light unless you got real plants but that's a whole different story then fish only lighting hope that helped a little bit
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I meant to put this in my post too, I find canister filters overkill on a 30 gal a good old hang on the back works perfect just get one that has a little higher gallon rating and jam in some filter floss as a prefilter, I use a powerhead on the other end of the tank too but that's because I keep overstocked but that's up to you if you have the extra cash to flow it's way canister Is ideal.
Ps my red tailed black shark loves that blackwater extract stuff too , he was shy with too much light and no tinted water
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I meant to put this in my post too, I find canister filters overkill on a 30 gal a good old hang on the back works perfect just get one that has a little higher gallon rating and jam in some filter floss as a prefilter, I use a powerhead on the other end of the tank too but that's because I keep overstocked but that's up to you if you have the extra cash to flow it's way canister Is ideal.
Ps my red tailed black shark loves that blackwater extract stuff too , he was shy with too much light and no tinted water
I have to disagree. I'm sure slot of people will. I have a 40 gallon recently replace it with a eheim pro 2 2028. It's no overkill infact it's one of the decisions I've done!
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I meant to put this in my post too, I find canister filters overkill on a 30 gal a good old hang on the back works perfect just get one that has a little higher gallon rating and jam in some filter floss as a prefilter, I use a powerhead on the other end of the tank too but that's because I keep overstocked but that's up to you if you have the extra cash to flow it's way canister Is ideal.
Ps my red tailed black shark loves that blackwater extract stuff too , he was shy with too much light and no tinted water

I never heard of anyone sayin too much filtration is bad lol, i have an eheim ecco 2236 with a marineland 150 in my 36g bf and its great waay overkill but keep my water pristine shape.
If u can get a canister filter I wud highly recommend it.
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I find my red tailed shark only became active after I gave him plenty of caves to choose from and where ever his favorite one was he liked subdued lighting on that side of the tank, the tetras liked it too, it's a regular eclipse natural daylight fluorescent tube I think it's 18 watts and somewhere 24 inches, if you have a full hood put black paper or cardboard under the light on top of the plastic window, if there's enough light in ur room in the day don't even turn on the light unless you got real plants but that's a whole different story then fish only lighting hope that helped a little bit
Thank you, my gf's brother has a red tailed shark I think he does a similar thing to this, I'm gonna pick his brains when I see him for some more info on them.
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I never heard of anyone sayin too much filtration is bad lol, i have an eheim ecco 2236 with a marineland 150 in my 36g bf and its great waay overkill but keep my water pristine shape.
If u can get a canister filter I wud highly recommend it.
Im still relatively new to this hobby, I've never even heard of a canister filter lol, I will definitely check them out tho, thanks.
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Im still relatively new to this hobby, I've never even heard of a canister filter lol, I will definitely check them out tho, thanks.
Canister filter is an external filter. It's capable of housing alot more bb then ur conventional HOB and internal filter.
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