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mlody
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PostPosted: 2003.09.10(Wed)1:50    Post subject: Flourite and Power Heads Reply with quote

I have recently bought a new 40 gallon tank from a fish store going out of buisness. I currently have one 29 gallon tank with a 4.25 wpg of 6700K power compact light. In the new 40 gallon tank I want to setup a power head system instead of the external filter. Will this effect my flourite or my plants if I run the power heads in reverse (they suck water in and shoot it from the gravel up)? Is it a good idea to have a external filter and a power head system? or are power heads good enough in a planted tank? ( btw. 40 gallons, 96 watts @ 6700K, about 2.5 wpg... is that enough?)
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PostPosted: 2003.09.10(Wed)8:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

mlody,
Why do you want to have a reverse UGF? Is there any particular reason? You need to run a power filter as well as a reverse UGF as the reverse UGF only provides biological filtration and not mechanical, you cannot have one 'instead' of a power filter.
The best way to run this system is to have the output of an external power filter feeding down the tubes and pushing the water up through the UGF plate. I wouldn't recommend using a reverse UGF for a planted tank though as the water movement past the roots will only inhibit growth.
If I were you I would stick with a nice Eheim professional series-2222 external filter! http://www.bigalsonline.com/

As regards your lighting, enough for what? To grow a wide variety of green plants, yes 2.5 Wpg is enough. To grow species like Rotala Macandra you will struggle with 2.5 Wpg. It depends what you aim to achieve with the tank really. Smile
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mlody
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PostPosted: 2003.09.15(Mon)17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, so is the powerhead any useful? (reverse or forward) Should I use it in conjunction with a external or will the external be enough? As for that professional filter, how does the Fuval 304 compare to it? (Since I would have to order the EHEIM off the internet)
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PostPosted: 2003.09.15(Mon)17:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are getting a canister the powerhead isn't a lot of use.
It can be used just on its own to increase circulation but you shouldn't need to with a canister.
Or it can be used as part of a DIY CO2 injection system. You get a cheap powerhead and let the CO2 tube bubble into its intake, the impeller cuts the bubbles up (can be noisy) and pushes them around your tank. I think there are plans somewhere on the net about making a DIY CO2 reactor utilising a powerhead too.

As regards the filters the Eheim really is the poodles privates.
I have never heard anybody say 'my Eheim fell apart, or broke down' or 'I'm dissapointed'.
In contrast the Fluval is a decent filter but it can have niggling problems that you have to fix yourself (pipes fall off due to bad design etc). I think the Fluval does filter well when it is all working correctly but it is a matter of whether it does work correctly and for how long.
It's really up to you, the Fluval will be cheaper but at the end of the day you get what you pay for! Very Happy
Oh yeah and what's wrong with buying it on the internet? Confused
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)8:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are going to do co2, I recommend the Magnum series. This is my first canister filter. I'm VERY happy with the overall design and performance. The impeller is on the bottom after the filteration, so if your injecting co2, cativation (traped gases air/co2) doesn't stop it from working. While the media basket isn't as fancy or have multiple hoppers, it is adaquate. I have floss around the mesh basket and on the inside as well.
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mlody
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PostPosted: 2003.09.16(Tue)15:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! Thanks a bunch for the imput. I guess I'll just buy that EHEIM, (might as well go all the way) from that lin you gave me. Thanks again.

BTW. there is nothing wrong with buying from the internet, it just takes a while Mad
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