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Old 04-26-2005, 07:12 AM   #1
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Hello, I have a Fluval 1 plus filter that seems to be a bit overwhelmed at the moment and want to get something a bit better but not sure what to get. My tank specs are as below:

Tank

Fluval Uno 500
50x25x30 cm 38 Litres or 8 Gallons. (I think)

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1 Normal Goldfish
1 Black Moor
1 Red CAp Oranda

they seem to be very messy fish.
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Old 04-26-2005, 07:27 AM   #2
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Part of the reason your filter may be overwhelmed may be because your tank might be overstocked. How big are the fish?

A bigger filter may help, but it will increase the water flow, which the fish may or may not like. The better option, budget permitting, is a bigger tank. Of course, that means more equipment, too.
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The fish are only small. I only planned to have two but some how inherited the normal goldfish. Cannot fit a bigger tank in this house (although we are moving at the end of the year)
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:22 AM   #4
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I know the feeling. Besides, once you get another tank, it's all downhill from there. Next thing you know, you move the couches to the deck to make room for more tanks.

How often do you change your water? You may be able to help the filter out with regular PWCs and gravel vacuuming.

As for a bigger filter, I hope someone else chimes in, because I'm not sure what would be a good choice here.
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:59 AM   #5
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No chance of me getting any extra space the wife has already provided some strict guidelines!!!!!!

I do a PWC once a week. These seems to keep it under control a bit.
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Boy, do I know the feeling! You may want to browse www.BigAlsOnline.com to see what filters they have for tanks that size. I don’t know that they ship to the UK, but it may give you an idea of what’s available.

What I did to facilitate my addiction was get my wife some fish she loved and I said those were “hers.” Then

Me: Honey, I think those fish are getting too big for the tank.

Wife: You think? Let me see. Yeah, you’re right. What do we do?

Me: Not really sure. If they stay in there too long, they will suffer.

Wife: Hmmmmm… What if you put them in the big tank downstairs?

Me: They don’t play well with others. Besides, they need different water conditions than my fish.

Wife: Oh. Well, we don’t have any other tanks. What about the one in your home office?

Me: No, that my quarantine tank. I need that.

Wife: Ummmm… What if you put your fish in a bigger tank, then?

Me: Really? That might be a good idea. By the way, did you know that the LFS has the 75gal on sale?

Wife: No, let’s go get it!

Me:
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"I know the feeling. Besides, once you get another tank, it's all downhill from there. Next thing you know, you move the couches to the deck to make room for more tanks."


are we talking for experience
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are we talking for experience
Almost! Wife drew the line at the couches!
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Welcome to AA, grand witch! I know you won't want to hear this, but I'm afraid your tank is too small for any goldfish as a long term home. IMO just one of those goldies would need at least a 20 gallon tank, they really do get kinda big, and you're right about goldies being messy fish. If I were you I would either see about taking the goldies back to your LFS and get some fish that are better suited to a small tank, or I would try talking your wife into getting a larger tank if you really want to keep them. See if you can get your wife involved, like fishyrican said, and maybe she will start to get into it more. My BF thought it was kinda weird to have multiple tanks at first, but now he helps me plan them out. I do most of the maintenance (although he does help) and we both enjoy the tanks... it's a win-win situation! He really likes all 4 of our tanks at home.... and the 3 others I have at work!!!

Back to your original question.... for an 8 gallon tank I would go with one of the Aquaclear HOB filters, probably the mini or the 150 (don't know the new names for these). www.bigalsonline.com has really great prices.
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