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Old 01-06-2005, 12:30 AM   #1
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Couple of questions- Filtration and what not

Right, so i've now had my 20g planted tank set up for about 6 months....levels always test amazingly.

Up until now i've had a Penguin 125 bio-wheel on it which has been on the whole time, really established...I picked up a H.O.T Magnum with a bigger bio-wheel about a month ago and put that on the tank also...Ran both filters without carbon for awhile and just recently added floss to the canister.

I was sitting looking for a while and was just sick of not only the noise but the oxygen it was putting in the tank...so for the past hour or so I was ripping things apart and I ended up with a Tetra Whisper 10 with ceramic rings that are established from my Pirahna Tank. (Pirahna Tank HAD a Penguin 125 and this Whisper, now it just has the 125).

The canister and my other biowheel are ghetto-rigged onto my whiskey barrel pond in the garage with a bunch of goldfish in it for the winter.

Will the Whisper 10 with ceramic rings be enough for the tank? It's got a coralife light on it and the plants are really healthy, i'm also adding some iron.

It's too early to test really but what is the consensus? The water is a lot nicer now because it's clear and theres no current. Plants look much better.

The only other thing I think i'll probably do will ad some floss to the Whisper just to have mechanical filtration on it...heck, I may just buy another Whisper and fill it with floss....for the price they make nice quiet little filters.

Thanks for the help, sorry the post was so jumpy.


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I would definitely get some mechanical filtration in there, and another Whisper might be just the thing.

If you have thriving plants with good lighting and a light bioload you could consider going "natural" and having no filtration. I have friends who run natural aquariums this way with great results, but you have to have things just right to do it. Just a wacky thought!
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