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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:10 pm Post subject: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tank Reply with quote

 Hi,
 I  have  an  Aquarium  LxHxW=  3feet  x  2feet  x  1.6feet  with  stones  instead  of  gravel  and  keeping  a  single  flower  horn  fish.  A  double  nozzle  aerator  with  V  series  airstone  (1.5feet).  EHEIM  2036  Ecco  Pro  is  ON  all  the  time  (except  while  feeding).  I  have  also  kept  an  internal  power  filter  having  1850lts/hr  churn  as  a  standby.  The  tank  with  the  "stand",  stands  at  5feet  from  the  floor.  The  obvious  problem  here  is  to   change  water..and  I  am  thinking  of  buying  an  Aquarium  pump  and  hose  to  automate  the  process  with  little  physical  effort...will  that  be  okay?  Also,  since  FH  pollutes  the  water  a  lot,  the  fish  poo  and  little  left  over  food  accumulates  on  the  tank  floor,  in  between  the  stones.  I  am  looking  for  an  efficient  way  of  siphoning  those  pollutants  out  of  the  tank...will  the  aquarium  water  pump  setup  I  suggested  above,  work?  If  so,  can  anyone  kindly  suggest  high  power,  low  noise  Aquarium  water  pump  model  and  where  to  buy  in  Bangalore.  
 
 Further,  do  comment  on  my  set  up.  This  will  be  my  4th  tank  and  by  far  the  biggest.  
 
 Thanx
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:27 am Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 Hi  oceanus,
 
 About  the  substrate  for  your  FH  tank:  I  have  read  that  keeping  "bright"  colored  substrate  (red,  bright  blue,  etc)  brings  out  the  best  colors  in  your  FH.  (However,  I  have  also  read  that  these  "unnatural"  surroundings  may  cause  some  stress.)
 
 Having  a  tank  higher  up  from  ground  level  should  actually  help  drain  the  water  from  the  tank.  While  you  can  go  for  an  electrical  pump,  a  simple  siphon  (Like  this  one)  will  work  as  well.  
 
 You  can  probably  find  a  cheaper  (smaller)  version  of  the  above  siphon  at  your  LFS.
 
 Also,  I  am  looking  for  advice  on  specification  on  a  water  pump  to  drain  water  from  my  tanks  faster.  (While  the  mechanical  siphon  works,  it  is  too  slow  for  larger  tanks.)  So,  if  any  expert  on  IAH  wants  to  give  more  information  on  this  point,  I  am  all  ears!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:48 am Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 Hi  Sid,  
 
 Yes,  I  have  a  low  cost  Siphon  for  my  relatively  smaller  tanks,  it  is  mechanical...but  performs  miserably  in  the  big  tank.  I  need  power  siphon  mechanism  for  the  255lts  at  5feet.  The  "Boyu"  link  looks  interesting,  I  found  Python  product  very  exciting...but  all  these  are  in  $$  and  with  international  shipping  they  become  expensive  proposition...unless  we  find  them  locally.  So,  thought  of  an  electrical  aquarium  water  pump  and  hose  option...not  sure  if  anyone  has  done  this  before...definitely  would  like  to  hear  from  experts  and  anyone  having  similar  experience.
 
 Thanx!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 Use  of  water-pumps  for  quick  siphoning  is  common  in  Discus  hatcheries  where  daily  WCs  are  required  for  multiple  tanks.
 Only  care  to  be  taken  is  not  to  get  fish  sucked  off  due  to  its  powerful  suction.
 Rarely  I  use  this  aged  pump  whenever  quick  WC  is  required  (its  noise  is  really  irritating  as  well  as  its  electricity  unit  consumption).
 
 
 
 
 
                                                 
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Also,  I  am  looking  for  advice  on  specification  on  a  water  pump  to  drain  water  from  my  tanks  faster.  (While  the  mechanical  siphon  works,  it  is  too  slow  for  larger  tanks.)  So,  if  any  expert  on  IAH  wants  to  give  more  information  on  this  point,  I  am  all  ears!                

 Buddy,  just  ask  for  Tulu  Water-pump  with  any  electrical  or  Hardware  equipment  shop.  Small-size  compact  pump  is  fine  for  aquarium  use.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 i  stick  to  using  a  garden  hose.  fill  it  water,  close  one  end  with  a  thumb  and  insert  it  into   the  tank  and  release.  why  would  u  wanna  spend  money  on  a  pump  and  run  your  consumption  high?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:47 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 @  Yogesh
 
 Tulu  Water-pump.  Noted..  Thank  you.
 
 
 @Zakk,
 
 Yes,  I  love  to  spend  a  lazy  weekend  afternoon  doing  (slow)  water-changes  using  the  mechanical  siphon.  But,  I  don't  mind  having  a  bit  of  help  while  doing  quick  water  changes  to  four  tanks  when  it's  not  a  weekend  afternoon  but  late  night  on  Sunday.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:59 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 lol  i  do  my  WC's  on  sunday  evenings  as  a  ritual.  it  consists  of  my  56gl,  25gl,  15gl,  12gl,  2  10gls,  2  7gls  and  one  5  gl.  Smile  man  come  to  think  of  it  a  pump  would  be  helpful!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:09 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 nyaah  a  pump  would  just  mean  more  things  work  behind,  the  siphon  works  good  enough
 the  weekend  for  water  changes,  the  challenge  is  only  the  filter  maintenance  i  hate  filter  maintenance
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:14 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 i  use  HOBs  on  the  56  and  25  and  the  rest  are  on  sponges.  never  had  a  problem  with  the  HOBs.  easiest  to  clean.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:18 pm Post subject: Re: Proper filtration and cleaning of 255lts Flower Horn tan Reply with quote

 @Yogesh
 
 Thanx  for  the  model.
 
 @All:  well,  with  meetings  running  late  into  the  night  and  weekend  with  my  family  and  chores...a  pump  or  something  similar  will  really  help  rule  out  messing  around  with  buckets  full  of  water.  My  tanks  are  strategically  placed  in  my  flat  (not  a  big  flat).  
 
 I  am  off  to  weigh  my  options,  suction  power,  Watts  etc.  Won't  be  using  it  for  the  lower  end  tanks  though...so  electricity  consumption  should  be  minimal  if  I  go  for  a  low  watt,  good  suction  power  pump.  My  mechanical  siphon  is  just  not  up  to  the  task  to  pull  out  the  grime  and  poo  from  between  the  rocks  at  5  feet.
 
 BTW,  my  Ecco  Pro  2036  does  wonder.  Just  cleaned  it  about  10days  back...yep,  kinda  yucky,  but  then  I  thought  about  the  fishes  and  went  about  it.
 
 Thanx!
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