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Somewhere in the near future I'm going to setup a S.East Asian biotope to house Chocolate and Licorice Gouramis. I know they're really sensitive to water quality so I'm planning on adding a fluidized bed, but I dont want to have to face the nightmares of facing clogs. So is there a way to solve that and what is the best fluidized bed out there? Would a wet/dry power filter be a better choice? Thanks
 

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I've been keeping Chocholate gouramis for 6-8 months now and
they seem to be pretty happy in my planted tank - running a canister
filter. IMO, you don't need a fluidized bed filter. Just load it up with
fast growing plants to suck out all the nutrients - that should keep
the water pretty clean.
 

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Well since it's going to be a biotope with slow growing plants(mainly Crypts and Java fern) and I'll be feeding them a lot of frozen foods, then I think I would need another source of biological filtration. Would an Emperor do?
 

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FBF's only convert NH4 to NO3, nothing else. Plants use both of these forms of N. As far as water quality, unless you grossly over feed, have a very high bioload, you will not measure any NH4. Even Discus tanks run very clean and are much more bioload than even if you put 10-12 of these fish per Discus.

NH4 is the only thing that might cause an issue but not for the fish, for algae. The amount is so low to the fish, they are are ahppy all the time.
So plant tanks have the best water quality of almost all aquariums, except RO daily water changes etc and even there, some plant tank can have a better environment for the fish.

Get an Ehiem, ViaAqua, Rena etc.

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Tom Barr
 

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Would a hang-on the back refugium filled with Egeria densa, Hornwort, etc. be a good investment instead?
 

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I think if you had to spend your money, then spend it on that. But why not keep some rare stem plants? Make a collection of the refugium. Ludwigias are all real fast growers for me, same with rotalas. I think my Rotala Macranda green can easily outcompete egeria, its a beast.
 
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