What type of Filter is recommended for Planted Aquariums.....
though i am not expert in planted tank,but you may keep external filter...
yes the most preferable ones are the external filters but u can also install HOB filters.
my 350 magnum canister filter works amazing and my plants are always luscious
Thanks to all i am planning to buy RESUN AE 308 Canister External Filter........ how good is this product?
plz re word ur question bro cant understandit lol i hate typos too
Re-sun is a Chinese brand of aquarium filter; I have no experience with it. For simplicity and low cost, an under gravel filter is tough to beat.
Undergravel filters should not be useed in plant tanks debris gets trapped under grates and then you have a nightmare on your hands. Also wet/dry are no good due to to much airation all co2 will be lost. A canister filter rated at least twice the size of your tank is best. That way you can turn down output to a trickle to keep co2 loss at a minimum.
All of my aquariums have under gravel filters, but most of the rooted plants are slow growing. Canister filters are, no doubt, more sophisticated and effective. However, their cost is sort of high if you have lots of aquariums and a moderate income. Maybe some day.......
I have either hang-on-the-back or sponge filters in all my tanks and my plants do well.
do you run co2 ? fry
my plants grew into grates years ago lol I hope know one takes affence to my posts. Im only going on my experience with plant tanks . Always welcome others info
You are most welcome to discuss your aquarium experiences and opinions here. That's how we learn.
You might want to research a bit on the three types of filtration, biological, chemical, and mechanical. The external filter is a wise choice
that was years ago i run canister flters on all my plant tanks. I posted a blog on the cite 40 gallon plant seed tank. Listed all my info.
Thanks to all members for their valuable inputs, please see attached my tank pic (55 G), currently i am using two corner filter (at night) and one internal power filter (during the day)with minimum turbulence tank is supplied by DIY CO2 as well which come from a fermentation unit consist of 2 x 2L coke bottle and the gas is dispersed through a air stone. I also use liquid fertilizer (SERA FLORENA) 30 ML twice a month. 25% water change every week, i use normal tap water kept in a open contain for seven days at least.
FLORA: Amazon Sword, Ozelot Sword, Baccopa Caroliniana, Ambulia, Cabomba and Vallisneria spiralis (Tape Grass)
FAUNA:Neon Tetra, Serpae Tetra, Red Eye Tetra,YOYO loach and Ghost Shrimps.
what type of substate and how long set up ?
swords and crypts like iron so a substrate with iron or iron based tablets put near roots will benefit plants liquid helps but if you use charcoal in ur filters it may dilute it to the point of no use. I do both tablets every 30 days and liquid once a week 1 tsp per 50 gallons my substrate is a plant substate by carib sea theres many out there thats all my local petstore had in stock
plain gravel mixed with LATERITE, set up is 3 months old
nice so there is a clay based iron rich component
carib sea 1 month
very nice, what is your WPG and what light are you using........
one 36 inch t-5 with 2 bulbs one actinic and one plant bulb i believe it is 6500
I also have an Amazon Sword, with kyoto grass, white ribbon plants. Do i need to fertilize them? They are planted in fish gravel....i really don't know how to keep them living, or is just letting them be ok?
Sorry bro if you want to go with live plants you got the wrong gravel. the pieces are two big you can get plant substrate in black with is iron rich for the sword. The java fern is better tyed to a rock or piece of drift wood. What kind of lighting due you have ? Co2 is recommended for the sword and fern not ness. I posted a couple of blogs. Search them out and if you have any ?. Feel free to comtact me
everything radar said is true but not needed in all instences, for example you can use just gravel for plants i do never used fert b4 and my plants are lusciouse nd healthy an i have a quaite a few about 15 diff types, but neways fine gravel will dine but if u want fert it obviously will help more, for the java does not need co2 that ets expensive and confusing for beginners(not saying u r one lol) unless u have a densly planted tank c02 is not neccesary i have a densly planted tank and i dont use it ever either. but radar did say not neccesary i wouldnt put co2 in till u have a butt load of plants, but radar had sme good info in there
Thanks radar! and thank you again mjrkiller! I hope my plants work out ok....they don't seem to be rooting very well.....how long should that take? And i don't think i have a co2 light....my tank came with lights, heater, filter, and some conditioner. THe lights probably aren't co2....
my pleasure as always feel free to ask more questions and as for the rooting period its variouse anywhere from a week and a half to a month too hard to pinpoint a time frame, walmart sells lilly bulbs that are guaranteed to grow 3 to 5 inches in 20 days or ur money back for like $3.50, i got 6 of em and they all strted rooting already and its been 48 hrs, gl
if you have a standard aqurium light bulb long and thin it is a T-8 bulb. If you go to your local petstore chain store. Go to the light bulb section you should see packages that say REEF SUN, DAY SUN, ACTINIC , ETC, you should see one that says FLORA SUN that is the one you want to get.
if you can afford a little money check on line get T-5 light systems. They two bulbs one actinic and one 50/50 but you can buy them with one actinic and one flora sun