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  1. I was planning on using it as a floating plant... So I guess that works! And after it gets established I will have to try the "pinch off the old" pruning method. Thanks everyone! Also, is it salt tolerant? I have been using aquarium salt in both my tanks and don't want to end up killing the hornwort! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  2. It almost sounds like the pumphead is getting tired... The 04 series is 2 updates old at this point. If the problem turns out to the the pump/motor itself, then it probably wouldn't be cost effective to fix. If I were you I'd start researching and looking at new filters :-) Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  3. It's a standard perfecto fixture... I think the bulb is 40 watts. No idea on the spectrum. I might just add another standard light strip to boost growth even more!
  4. Sounds like a plan! Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it. Also, what kind of lighting does hornwort need to thrive? I only have a standard light strip and am wondering if I should add another before I even bother trying to grow plants. I used to grow java moss and banana plants, both of which grow like weeds and need very little light. I love the java moss but it tends to clog filter intakes and grow on EVERYTHING which drove me crazy after a while... I have used potassium permanganate in the past, I believe it was Jungle Clear Water. Will this work? http://www.petmountain.com/product/aquarium-water-clarifiers/11442-509023/jungle-labs-jungle-labs-liquid-clear-water.html
  5. Does anyone have experience trying to grow hornwort in a goldfish tank? A few websites says it's one of the only plants they won't touch. I also wanted to try and grow elodea but I think my goldfish would end up eating all of it! I used to have planted livebearer tanks and I really do miss having live plants. Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  6. I used to have an aqueon 20 that came with a 29g. Super quiet, I barely even knew it was running. They're okay filters... I found that the water was never totally clear in that tank and ended up switching to a canister filter. I agree with everyone else, why buy a filter that will require modification right from the start? Unless your tank came with an aqueon I would just invest in an aquaclear. Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  7. If I wanted to switch to 40 breeders I would've ended up buying a whole new iron stand. Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  8. Because I can't put an 18" deep 40 breeder on the same stand as my 55, as the 55 is only 12" deep :-) Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  9. Not yet, I was planning on picking one up tomorrow. And possibly Emperors or Aquaclears to run in place of my canister filters. I'll still hold on onto my canisters for future use though! The eheim classics have been great and they are amazing filters, but their GPH just can't keep up with the solid waste from my cichlids. And in the future they probably won't be able to handle goldfish waste either. I'm starting to think that eheims are best left to tanks with tropical community fish or plants that need slow flow. Here's an article I came across that explains the issue I seem to be having... http://www.bestfish.com/tips/032599.html
  10. I have 2 of the the eheim liberty filters, but US version (different plug). They do a great job of keeping the water clear and are super quiet! Not sure why they never really became more popular here in the states.
  11. Yeah there's a lot of tanks on sale right now! 55 gallon kit is about $20 off. The 50g tank and hood combo is also on sale... $120.
  12. Me too. I'm just wondering if it would overwork the pump... I don't want to end up burning it out :/ Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  13. Update: Petsmart also has 55g tanks on sale! I think I'm just going to put one of those below my current 55. Less work moving things around and having to completely tear down my tanks. I think my goldies will do just fine in a 55 for a while. Now, I do have a new question. The bottom tank will be about 3 inches from floor level. Will I be able to use my eheim canister filter on a tank that low to the ground? I know most canister filter manufacturers say they need a certain distance between the tank surface and the canister in order to function properly, I just don't understand why. Thanks!
  14. HI James!!.. wow I think I must be the only fan of undergravels on the forum lol...well mine have been in this tank for 25 years I have kept marines and after that 3 huge parrot fish! for 10 yearsI never removed them when I switched to goldfish!! I run them with Rena 501 powerheads! and a 1400 gph canister! my tank is around 65 gallons UK, I do vacuum the gravel weekly moving rocks etc bi- weekly only a few at a time! my tank is planted also, I have never had a ammonia problem but I may just be lucky! I for one will not be changing any time soon! but the decision is your and there are some knowledgeable people on this forum!..........long live the undergravel!!:-) :-) Thanks for the input, Fingers! I really Undergravel filters still have a place in our aquaria today. The key to keeping any filter system functioning and thriving is consistent maintenance. In my eyes, if I'm already going to be vacuuming the substrate why not take advantage and use it as another biological filter? Now I do plan on running mine with air-stones, never tried power heads. But the concept is still the same. I also think they really help with top to bottom circulation which helps to keep the temp consistent through out the tank. Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  15. Includes the tank, glass top, and a standard T5 light http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3804450&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo
  16. Yeah I can't. Awe you didn't have to do that! Thank you so much for your help! I will definitely post back with my decision and pics after it's all put together Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  17. Okay, thanks guys! Is there anyway I could flag this thread for Fingers to see? I'd love to get his input before I commit to buying anything! You've all been a tremendous help and I really do appreciate it
  18. That's what everyone tells me, lol! I'm just so used to them. Before I redid this 55g, I had the UGF running on the tank for 10 year (1999 to 2009) without any issues. Water was always clear and I never had water parameter issues. The fish did great! It would be hard to break away. But I am considering it because I keep getting told to ditch them over and over again... Haha Did you have goldfish at the time? The main concern with UGFs is that they have more potential for anaerobic bacteria than other forms of filtration, and on top of that, getting to it to clean them is not an easy chore. Because goldies are diggers, anaerobic pockets have more potential to be disturbed and 'released' than in say a tank with small tropicals that don't disturb the substrate. Obviously there are lots of people that have used them without issue, I just don't understand why you would bother with it when there are better forms of filtration. People used to use UGFs because that was the filtration option. I cannot see any benefit to them over HOBs, canisters, and sumps Makes sense! We used to have the tank heavily planted and kept apistos and rams in it. We rarely ever vacuumed the gravel but I'm sure the plants probably kept things stable. The tank was pretty filthy when I tore it down to redo it but I just attributed that to neglience. I can see why things would go wrong with using a UGF in a goldfish tank. I'm even having a hard time finding one to fit a 40g breeder! Dr Foster and Smith still carries the size I would need. What if I ran each tank with an eheim canister and a pair of sponge filtera (one in each back corner) instead? Does anyone here have firsthand experience using a UGF in a goldfish tank?
  19. Right?! I thought it was just me! I can barely keep up with all the awesome guidance! LOL
  20. That's what everyone tells me, lol! I'm just so used to them. Before I redid this 55g, I had the UGF running on the tank for 10 years (1999 to 2009) without any issues. My Dad set the tank up way back then and somewhere along the line it became my hobby. Water was always clear and I never had water parameter issues. The fish did great! It would be hard to break away. But I am considering it because I keep getting told to ditch them over and over again... Haha
  21. Haha it's all good, no worries! So maybe I'll run each tank with an Aquaclear 110 and the UGF. Option two would be my current eheim canisters, the UGF, and a smaller aquaclear on each tank. Hmmm...
  22. Wow... so much great advice! Thanks everyone! What HOB would you recommend? I have an Emperor 280 but it's kind of loud and old. I still do want to include the UGFs. I've used them in every tank I've ever had! I'm not sure I'd want to mix my tropicals and fancy goldfish. I have two south American Cichlids who can be quite territorial and moody. My poor goldies would probably end up getting their fins shredded. To me, it wouldn't be worth the risk
  23. Okay thanks! I certainly don't have the room for a 55 and a 75 around here... Cramped enough as it is! With 2 birds, 2 dogs, hamsters, and fish I sometimes I feel like I live in a barn. Lol! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  24. Awesome! Thanks. A canister AND a HOB? Would that end up being too much flow? And would you do the same for the trop tank? Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
  25. Yeah I can see that as well. I'm okay with increased maintenance as long as they will have enough swimming room! Sent from my BlackBerry using Tapatalk
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