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  1. I really appreciate for all the input here and I'm grateful for that but, now getting back to the matter at hand. I will consider 4-5 as the stocking limit. Now there is one thing thats still confusing me, its the subject of turnover rate in relation to canister filtration. I've heard many conflicting things from aquarium shops and other forums elsewhere leaving me lost. I've been told that 10x is for saltwater aquarium, and that 4x is adequate on a canister filter. I will like to get a canister filter as my primary filtration and later see if a secondary filter is needed. I'll definitely be keen to know if the following filters that I've looked at our suitable for my situation based on the specs. I've distinctly chosen these two brands based on reviews and their quality. __________________ | Eheim 2075 | |_________________ | LPH: 1250 Watts: 16 Filter Volume: 6.5 litre Turn-over Rate (300L tank): 4.16x Dimensions: 453 x 238 x 244 Warranty: 3 years _________________ | Fluval 406 | |_________________| LPH: 1450 Watts: 23 Filter Volume: n/a Turn-over Rate (300L tank): 4.8x Dimensions: 450 x 370 x 190 Warranty: 3 years
  2. I've actually used this Stocking calculator from aqadvisor.com, I'm not entirely sure if its accurate though. below are the results: http://www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.php?AquTankName=&AquListBoxTank=Choose&AquTankLength=120&AquTankDepth=50&AquTankHeight=60&AquListBoxFilter=Eheim+2075&AquTextFilterRate=1060+&AquListBoxFilter2=Choose&AquTextFilterRate2=N%2FA+&AquFilterString=goldfish&AquListBoxChooser=Fancy+Goldfish+%28Carassius+auratus%29&AquTextBoxQuantity=1&FormSubmit=Add+%3E&AquTextBoxRemoveQuantity=&AlreadySelected=200909300070%3A5%3A0%3A&FilterMode=Display+all+species&AqTempUnit=C&AqVolUnit=L&AqLengthUnit=cm&AqSortType=cname&FilterQuantity=2&AqJuvMode=&AqSpeciesWindowSize=short&AqSearchMode=simple I'm definite that the water capacity that i've stated is correct as I've double checked it with the dimensions. The units provided are in litres and US Gallons.
  3. Firstly I can't fill the tank past the top glass frame and secondly I Like to keep a clearance of about 10 - 12 cm from the top. This won't be noticeable with the top hood on and won't affect filtration via canister. Also this prevents overflow when I need to put my hand in when i'm not performing water changes..
  4. Oh... I thought it was 20 gallons for the first and 10 gallons for each additional fancy goldfish, thats what I've read on other forums. Feel free to clarify me on this matter. I may just take your consideration and stick to 4. please let me know what you think
  5. I don't think gravel is a problem with magnetic cleaner as long as you clean the magnet pad before scrubbing, and also avoiding getting too close to the substrate. I believe I'll end up getting the mag-float 125 long for my tank and see how things work-out, I've seen them decently priced on-line. I've also heard in other posts someone mention the "Vertex Triplex magnetic cleaner" which is a rather elegant and stylish magnetic cleaner but unfortunately it's way overpriced and doesn't even float. thanks
  6. Would the Eheim 2075 (600) Pro III suffice as primary filter for my tank size. I've also looked at the Fluval 406 which seem like a good reliable filter as well. I've personally seen The Fluval FX5 in-store and personally I find that filter extremely gigantic and overkill. Any Filter that size seems too big, I really find the HOB and canister a good combo however I don't think I could install a HOB due the way the top frame of the tank is set-out, secondly I like to keep the hood on the tank to reduce evaporation and surface splashes from the goldfishes. here are the filter specs: Eheim 2075 +++++++++++++++++ LPH: --------------------- 1250 Watts: ------------------- 16 Filter Volume: ----------- 6.5 litre Turn-over Rate (300L tank): ------- 4.16x Dimensions: ----------------------------- 453 x 238 x 244 Warranty: -------------------------------- 3 years Fluval 406 +++++++++++++++++ LPH: --------------------- 1450 Watts: ------------------- 23 Filter Volume: ----------- n/a Turn-over Rate (300L tank): ------- 4.8x Dimensions: ----------------------------- 450 x 370 x 190 Warranty: -------------------------------- 3 years thank-you
  7. I gather from most replies that the majority of you guys are willing to use elbow grease to remove algae, but I for one find this impractical since the current tank I'm trying to set-up is about 2 ft deep which makes it hard to get my arm around, also water tends to overflow when doing this. As for the sponges, how do you tell if its aquarium safe since at the supermarket most sponges say on the back that their not suitable for aquarium use. Also I find it hard to believe that paper towels could be used since they usually break apart in water unless there super tough. On my other tank I used a cheaper magnet but the glass isn't as thick as the current tank I'm setting up. I have never really encountered stubborn algae before but the magnets have helped simplify the cleaning process. I'm not sure about the scrapper but I don't think its really needed for a freshwater aquarium since it seems to apply more to salt-water tank which tend to get coraline alage on the glass which is tougher than normal algae.
  8. I have a 12 mm Freshwater glass Aquarium with the front being made of starphire glass. And have looked around the web and I'm faced with two options: 1) Mag-Float 125 LONG recommended for 473L aquariums with a surface thickness up to 10mm Very popular. 2) Flipper 2 in 1 magnetic cleaner Similar to Mag-Flip but supposedly better Slim form factor contains metal scraper on one end, magnet the other Flips underwater ------------------------ I'm very curious to know whether the metal scraper is needed within a freshwater aquarium as I have yet to encounter stubborn algae. So Should I opt for a flipper or a mag-float? Please feel free to discuss any experences with any magnetic cleaners,
  9. I’m currently pursuing to create a Fancy Goldfish aquarium with approximately 5 – 6 Goldfish in total. The tank will incorporate gravel and a few hardy plants (lightly planted) to produce an authentic and natural look. I’ve already purchased my tank, an “Eheim MP OPAL 120” bought online from “Age of Aquariums” (www.aquariumproducts.com.au) at a discounted price. I feel privilege and psyched to own one since only a limited amount of these are available within Australia. The Aquarium is built sturdy and the quality is what you’d expect from an Eheim, the dimensions are 120cm long, 55cm wide and 60cm tall; the tank can hold up to 360 litres (95 gallon). However for my purpose I will consider this a 300 litre (80 gallon) aquarium as I don’t intend to fully fill it all the way and some space will be reserved for ornaments. I’m very aware that Goldfish including the Fancy variety can produce a lot of biological waste so Biological filtration would be of upmost importance and for this reason I will be looking into a canister filter. I’ve also done research and found that a turnover rate of 10x is optimal for Goldfish however I’m not entirely sure how relevant this is to me since it’s mostly targeted at HOB and Internal Filter which hold very little amount of media. Elsewhere I’ve heard that the recommend turnover rate for a canister filter is 4 - 6x since canisters hold far media, and this is also assuming that you’re mostly stocking with bio-media. I also have great concerns over turnover rate as it may produce strong current that can lead to stress amongst my fancy Goldfish, this is because Fancy’s are slower than the common Goldfish. At the moment I’ve looked into various filters available on the market, notably brands such as Eheims and Fluval which are very prominent and hailed to be reliable. However I’m willing to hear out any experiences and opinions on any other brands of filters on the market. I’m deeply considering the Eheim 2075 Pro 3 (600) as a possible candidate, it has a turnover rate of 4.16x and a media capacity of 6.5 litres. I’d really be keen in knowing the suitability of this filter as my primary filter and whether a secondary filter would be necessary. Finally I’d like to take the time to consider a few points with regards to choosing a canister filter: Would the Spray Bar provided by most canister be suitable enough to provide sufficient water agitation to assist with replenishing the dissolved oxygen which goldfish require? The water movement provided by the filter will it be enough to avoid stagnant area in the tank which can lead to the build-up of anaerobic bacteria. -
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