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Old 10-29-2010, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Planing on heavily planting this aquarium I already have too much turbulence to even plant on the left hand side (filter outlet no spray bar).

Filtration is a 1200L Canister filter ... is this overkill ? I have 5 small discus and 30 neon tetras 4 corydora catfish and 3 bosmani rainbows along with 2 algae eaters.

I can adjust the outlet flow to half and the water is much more less turbulent. Is this a risk for having too many fish to start with ? the tank is fully established 9 months old with Tetra complete substrate Tetra initial sticks on top topped of with fine black normal gravel ... and large pieces of driftwood i have a massive shipment of plants coming in 2 weeks but i feel their is too much water flow ...

my main concerns even after heavily planting are ...

Algae (never had it and if i did it was very small amounts not even a issue)

Filtration for the amount of fish will they gasp for air or the bio load will be reduced ?

Most of the plants their now will be removed and trimmed and I have new pieces of larger driftwood for the centerpiece ... I got my inspiration from ADA's videos and feel its time to re-scape and upgrade the plants since Ive had good success so far. Their is no Co2 in the tank.

When i lower the filter flow to half the neon tetras start coming out and swimming on the left hand side (outlet side) and the plants their stop uprooting alone and going left and right ... they less better than the center or right side of the tank IMO with the high flow at them all the time.

Pic attached of the current scape.

give me your opinions please.

Thanks In advance Rob.
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Missing the main info here hehe ... the tank and dimensions...

Its a Atman AR-F980 / 1000x470x500mm = 235 Liters / guess that's about 60 US Gallons ? im Australian.
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Default Re: Filtration 235L Tank

If the water flow is so strong it is uprooting the plants then I would add a spray bar or something else to distribute the force of the water over a larger area.

235 liters = 62 American gallons, or 50 Imperial gallons.

Is the "1200L" filter one that moves 1200 liters per hour? This is not too much water movement for this tank, do not reduce it.
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