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Old 03-13-2006, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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right now I have a 25 gal with 2x20watt NO lighting. I am running an undergravel filter and a single DIY Co2 reactor. After my first post I was told to get rid of the undergravel filter, add more light, and more Co2. well i can either add more light or get a canister filter. or i could add a smaller light. Right now I am looking at getting an all glass 36" triple tube strip light. or an Eheim eco comfort 2234. is this a good filter or should i consider a different Ehiem or Fluval since I am on a budget. I will of course also pick up a new Co2 reactor so i can stagger the start times. So will adding more light or a new filtration method be the best to improve my plant growth? i will do both eventually but I want to know what will be the best purchase until eventually gets here.
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Definately get rid of the undergravel filter. Not only does it created surface aggitation, but creates a bad bed environment for plants. By getting rid of this filter, you will likely see in an increase of co2.

The eheim eccos are decent, the classics are better, Eheim 2213 is the one I would recommend. If you want to shave a few bucks, then purchase a Filstar XP1 (pricematch it a petsmart with bigalsonline.com printout of the product). I hear fluvals are decent, but I'm having issues with my 104 right now.

The light probably should be replaced eventually, but the filter is causing more problems for you. Right now you have a low - slight medium systesm, you will be able to grow plants slowly and surely, especially with DIY CO2.

Not sure what CO2 reactor/diffuser you have setup, but your levels will surely increase with the removal of the UGF.

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ok so if i am removing my UG filter how should i go about doing it? what iam thinking of doin is once I get the canister filter I will cycle it for a few days and drain most if not all of the water out. remove all fish plants and gravel. and add a layer of laterite then put my gravel back. it is a natural grey 5mm sized gravel which sounds like it should be ok for plants. I would go with flourlite or ecocomplete but it seems too pricey. should i save some as much of the old water as i can to restart it as soon as possible. finding a place for my fish will be difficult. the only other aquarium i have is a 10 G which is fully stocked. Does this sound like a good plan? is there anything else i should pick up on my run to the LFS?
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Ya, replacing the UGF is a bit messy and does require a whole system restart. I think your fish could be fine in a bucket or large storage container with an airstone for a day or two if it takes you that long. I like 3mm grain gravel since its finer and allows the roots to take a better hold in it, but it sounds like you gotta make do. Or you can again head over to petsmart and print out bigals flourite price, and get 2 maybe 3 bags for about $14 each.

For your cycling, if you put enough plants in your tank you probably won't have to worry about a cycle. But if you rather go on the sure side, I would take some of that old gravel, and stick it in a mesh bag or panty hose and let it sit in the new tank for a few days to let the bacteria colonies develop from that sack.

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actually I have double checked my gravel size and it is closer to 3mm than 5. Is laterite not a good choice? should i just drop the dough for the flouralite? it is $30 a bag in canada. compared to a 55oz of flouralite for $25. If there are any drawbacks or problems with laterite instead of floralite what are they?
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what is petsmarts return policy?
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sorry not return policy. their pricematching policy?
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can floralite be mixed or layered with my gravel?
too many questions. each answer brings more questions
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I wouldn't bother with flourite or laterite at this point. Instead, take out all of your gravel when you remove your old filter. Replace it with play sand (super cheap, plant friendly, easy to find). pack a bunch of gravel inside a pantyhose like John N said, leave it in for a week or so. Put the fish in a bucket w/aeration temporarily. Keep about 50% of your old tank water to go back into the tank when you put the fish back in. Try to pack as many plants in as you can fit, preferably fast growing stem plants, to help combat algae and reduce bioload. You should be able to reintroduce the fish within a day of setting the tank back up.
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i got money burnin a hole in my pocket. I want to make sure that it gets spent in the best way possible. i think i will either stay with garvel only for now. but i cant make up my mind. i would like to keep using my current gravel. what problems can this cause. or could i mix it with play sand or layer it. i think i will also break down and get more light. i am thinkin of a triple tubel 36" strip light. which will bring me up to 2.5 watts per gallon. i cant decide what will be the easiest route.
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