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harley
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:49 am Post subject: Filter for 36*24*18 FW tank Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Planning  to  set  up  a  FW  tank  of  36*24*18  size.  It  would  be  low  light  planted  tank.  Have  plans  to  populate  it  with  tetras.  My  question  is  with  regard  to  the  filter,  totally  clueless  and  cash  strapped  on  this!    Sad  Presently  have  a  24*12*12  set  up  of  mainly  livebearers    and  have  a  Dolphin  F-800  in  that  (  courtesy  LFS,  when  the  tank  was  set  up  some  time  back),  It  seems  to  be  doing  a  fine  job  though.
 
 Have  a  budget  constraint  now  and  cant  consider  Ehiem  or  similiar  high  end  filters  for  my  new  tank.  THe  same  LFS  has  suggested  that  i  go  for  a  Dolphin  F-2000  internal  filter  which  has  a  output  of  650L/H.  (  this  seems  to  be  within  my  reach!)  My  question  is,  is  this  a  prudent  choice  for  my  new  set  up  and  would  i  require  an  additional  filter,  if  yes  which  kind  and  make?  if  not,  what  are  the  alternatives?  Please  give  your  valuable  suggestions,  keeping  my  budget  in  consideration  Sad  
 
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 Irshad
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:30 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  irshad  
   
         This  is    a  late  reply  hope  this  helps.  Well  u  need  to  look  for  a  filter  which  has  a  rating  of  800  l/h  approx.Also  these  ratings  tend  to  come  down  with  time  and  usage  in  most  filters.  This  will  give  u  a  circulation  of  4  times  an  hr.  I  have  had  problems  with  the  dolphin  hang  on  filters  before.  Would  noe  recomend  that  try  a  boyu  hang  on  filter  since  the  volume  of  the    hang  on  filters  is  more  than  an  internal  filter  u'll  be  able  to  use  some  bio  filter  media  too.  They  are  not  expensive.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:27 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 For  a  planted  tank,  avoid  internal  filter  as  the  tubulence  might  alter  the  aquascaping  of  plants  inside.
 
 It  is  best  to  go  with  a  canister,  if  not  an  HOB  should  suffice.  My  humble  opinion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:42 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 I  Second  venki,
 
   If  you  are  setting  up  a  new  tank,  Then  another  alternative  would  be  a  DIY  filter,  Not  sure  if  u  can  try  on  a  tank  of  this  size.  Might  wanna  take  a  look  at  that  also.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 4:13 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Venki,
 Why  don't  you  check  the  availability  of  a  2nd  hand  canister  filter  may  be  an  Eheim  Classic-2215  or  2217  from  some  one  who  has  discontinued  the  hobby  of  fish  keeping  or  through  local  LFS,  you  may  even  check      the  buy  and  sell  section  of  the  IAH    forum  and  other  related  forums  on  the  www,  who  knows  you  may  end  up  getting  a  good  canister  filter  at  a  peanuts  price.....I  suggest  that  you  invest  in  a  good  filter  as  the  filter  as  per  my  openion  is  the  equipment  that  can  make  or  mar  the  ecosystem  in  the  tank......
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 You  could  use  a  hang-on  filter  with  a  capacity  of  600  lts  per  hour  for  your  tank  if  the  internal  filter  is  going  to  be  turbulent
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 You  Also  could  usea  a  overflow  box  and  a  sump,  This  will  be  the  best  ,
 
 This  is  a  link  for  rajeev's  overflow  DIY  
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 Thank  you  all  for  your  valuable  comments.
 
 Time  being  have  invested  on  a  Dolphin,  will  be  upgrading  this  very  shortly
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