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Old 03-28-2005, 07:24 PM   #11
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Only the sponge is actually needed then, huh?

Current fish (includes all 3 running tanks): Polypterids, severums (of which I raised from eggs), gouramis, plecos (gold spot ones & a gurupa), loaches (zebras, yoyos, & a kubotai), macculocchi spotted silver dollars, an African butterfly fish, & Ctenopomas (a leopard & an ansorgii)
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Old 03-28-2005, 08:42 PM   #12
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Since this tank is going to be used for breeding fish I don't think that a HOB filter is right for the job at all. I have four tanks that are ten gallons in size, and one that is twenty gallons, that all have sponge filters. One of these tanks is my quarantine/hospital tank and the others I use for breeding and raising fish. A sponge filter is ideal in this cirumstance because there is no danger of accidentally sucking up fry into the filter, the sponge surface acts as a feeding ground for the fry, sponge filters are easy to maintain (I just squeeze it out when I do my partial water change) and they are inexpensive.

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Old 03-29-2005, 09:48 AM   #13
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I have used emporers, aquaclears, and regular bio-wheels. I would recommend any of them.

The aquaclears do run very quiet. I have a 300 on my 29 gallon right now. Waiting for the bio wheel 330 to come in. I got it on ebay for fairly cheap.

I usually use bio wheels and I have never had a problem.
38 gal SW, CC, 40lbs base rock, 5lbs live, emporer 280, bio-wheel 330,tronic heater, 2 O. clowns, 1 firefish.

29 gal FW, boring...soon to be salt I think.

10 gal SW, 20lbs LS, 20lbs base rock, 1 unhappy domino damsel (he was in the 38...switched the percs and the damesel recently).
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Old 04-04-2005, 06:18 PM   #14
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In my breeding tank, the HOB will be attatched to the sponge filter for added filtration and the artemia and food that sponge filters provide. I will have the tank heavily planted with java moss and anacharis so the sponge filter running off of airstones will be a negative thing. I am going to breed C. trilineatus so they also like the plants and the sponge filters. I am beginning to think the aquaclear is the one I will go with since it is not only economical but doesn't have the bio-wheel that my young ones will like to play with and render useless. 8O

Thanks everyone, this has helped a ton and I will make for a healthier breeding tank when my C. trilineatus are large enough.
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Old 04-04-2005, 06:33 PM   #15
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i only recently realized i shouldnt be using chemical filtration unless needed and my tanks are doing better since i have lots of plants. i have a penguin 125 on my 10 and the flow seems just about right but it's not a breeding tank.

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