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  1. I don't know, never been much of a botanist. It's possible the plant could be sick but I don't know.
  2. Congratulations on the new fish tank! I recently bought a 56 gallon column, can't wait to get it set up. I like the glass decor of the fish in the center!
  3. Oooh it's all blue lookin! Beautiful tank
  4. So a small update on the floval fx5. I sent an email to the company asking what their thoughts were and whoever emailed me said it might be a bit too powerful. So rather than chance it and have to send the thing back if I don't like it and try to get a refund, I will go with the floval 406 and get a HOB filter until such time I can afford a second one.
  5. Interesting thoughts. I think I will take tithra's advice and start out with a bare bottom and add to it later. I wonder if I could find some...plastic icicles or something and make small pillars or something in it. I think that would be cool. As for the TMS sand, does it come in any other color than black?
  6. I'm trying to plan for what type of aquarium set up I want. Pros and cons? For those that have tried both bare bottom and gravel/sand, have you noticed any difference in your fishes' behavior? I've read that the reflective bottom can be stressful for some fish is this true of goldfish? I would think that a bare bottom would be easier to clean. And while I haven't tried sand before in an aquarium, I would think that it would be the 2nd easiest to clean since there are less cracks for debris to fall in. Thanks in advance. Sorry if this has been posted once already.
  7. Thanks everyone for your input. I need to sleep on it. I'll let you know what I decide.
  8. Ashley, had I clicked your link I would have seen how big your aquarium was! On the fx5 how do you adjust the flow? Is it as simple as a dial or would I have to jerry rig it?
  9. I might end up doing just that. My girlfriend wants me to not get a HOB filter for aesthetic reasons, but buying 2 canister filters seems harder to clean and way more pricey. Is fluval a good brand for canisters? I've never used canister filters before. And what is your thoughts on the aquaclear vs something like the penguin biowheel? How big is your tank ashlee18?
  10. So here's my dilemma. I bought a 56 gallon tank and am looking to put 3-4 fancy goldfish in it. I've read and heard that for goldfish the recommended guideline for amount of filtration needed is tank size x10 per hour. So for my 56 gallon tank I should have a filter or filters that filter 560 gallons per hour. I would like to either do this with one filter or break up the work to two filters and get the added benefit of if one fails the other one will serve as back up while I get the problem fixed. I was looking at the Fluval FX5 External canister filter seen here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B000I1O2PK It is big enough for the aforementioned filtration per hour but I'm worried it might be a big too powerful for the aquarium and the current too strong. Any thoughts or opinions would be great. I'm piecing this aquarium together bit by bit months in advance. I want it to be as perfect as possible for my future companions. Thank you so much for your input.
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