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  1. Nells250

    Can an old air pump make water DIRTIER?

    HI folks, first post! I am new at fish-keeping (unless you count the goldfish we had when I was in elementary school). I have two betta fish, an adult female and a juvenile that is SUPPOSED to be a male but we now think is female. Both are in their own smallish unfiltered tanks, due to a lack...
  2. V

    Fishkeeping mistakes I made

    Lack of water changes. As a kid my parents did tell me to do water changes on my tank, but I never kept up with them. Even though I didn't test the water, I'm assuming my early fish deaths were from bad water quality, because when the weak fish were moved to new water to monitor them in, they...
  3. PygmyMitch

    Custom Filter!

    So since my last post about the problems I had with my internal filter. I was undecided on what filter to go for next. I really liked the idea of how the Fluval flex tanks had the filter built into the back of the tank. Its discrete, allows you to hide the heater and has plenty of space for...
  4. PygmyMitch

    Filter Suggestions

    I’m considering changing my internal filter. I’ve tried the Interpret CF filter. I really liked this filter as the filter can be easily lifted out if needed and the sponges can easily be removed without removing the filter. Only problem I had was that the bracket for the filter kept falling off...
  5. ella777

    How/when should I clean my filter?

    How should I clean my filter and when? I used to have a 70l uk filter and I cleaned it fully with tap water. Apparently that's really bad? I now have a 200l uk tank with a powerful filter for 500l - 800l. I've only had the tank running for about 2 weeks. I decided to do a fish in cycle, all of...
  6. G

    Canister Skill Issue? Or Marineland Messup?

    I have a 30gal and switched from an HoB to a Marineland Magniflow 220 canister filter approximately 5 weeks ago (Im only using the provided media, no custom stuff). I left my HoB running for a week, just to help get the new filter up and running. For the first few weeks, it was working like a...
  7. V

    So, my filter completely broke

    I was trying to reattach the suction cups, it stayed for like a minute then fell back down. In that timespan, I plugged the filter back in. There's no reaction at all. No water movement, no noise, nothing. It's dead. I'm probably going to see why sponge filters are so highly talked about and get...
  8. F

    Filter for 36 gallon bowfront aquarium

    Hello, I just finished cycling my 36 gal bowfront tank that’s using a Fluval 70 filter. I chose this filter after seeing lots of people mention that the Fluval 50 wouldn’t be powerful enough for my tank size. Right now, I have a few Zebra Danios that I just moved into the new tank and within the...
  9. V

    Did I just harm my fish more by trying to help?

    I swear every time I try to help my fish, I end up hurting them. I just learned that you shouldn't change the water the same day you clean the filter. Because it's too much change for them to take. If this is true, I'm going to lose every fish in the tank. I learned that you're not supposed to...
  10. A

    help me.. please!

    Hi, I'm relatively new to keeping fish and although I haven't had any problems with establishing my tank (60L) - I've noticed that my filter (Superfish AquaFlow 200) is a bit too strong, and although it comes with a spray bar, it seems to be pushing air through creating lots of bubbles and my...
  11. SRbettas

    Setting up first dirted tank, so many questions

    Hi all it’s been a while but I’m glad to be back. Anyway as the title says I am setting up my first dirted tank and have a couple questions. Firstly, how do I know which soil is safe, I’ve heard organic topsoil is best but I’m scared I’m going to put something toxic in my tank? I’m also very...
  12. EmperorRain

    Is an FX6 enough?

    Hi all, I recently got an 180USG tank and wanted to know if an FX6 would be enough for it.
  13. Linkandnavi

    Fluval FX6 Whining and Output Hose Shuddering

    Afternoon everyone, I set up my FX6 on my new 193 gallon a couple of days ago. It's been running without issue since then, until the last hour when the filter itself is making a whining sound and the output hose is "shuddering" for want of a better word. It`s almost like it`s convulsing and...
  14. Circus

    Turn spare tank into sump/filter?

    So, I am getting to the point of switching most of my tanks from smaller to larger set ups. This is mostly so I can move around my apartment and not have to squeeze between tanks. I am loath to get rid of my double tank stands, but also do not want to keep up on maintenance on so many small...
  15. Meg0000

    Filter or not?

    Hi, I would like to know if It's better to remove my filter on my 10g at this point. It's an interal filter but I stopped it about a month ago because of the sound. I only have 8 ember tetras and 2 small shrimps with a bunch of plants. The thing is I don't know if the bacteria are still alive...
  16. Uberhoust

    Are Canister Filters Worth the Cost if Your Prime Goal is Quiet

    I have used HOB filters for almost every aquarium I have ever setup. I started with the Dynaflows then moved to the Aquaclears. Functionally I really like the Aquaclears because they are essentially a large box that I put whatever media I want in them. I am sure that other manufactures have...
  17. E

    Converting a Biorb Tank to a Different Filter/Substrate

    Hi, I have an 8 gallon Biorb Flow tank. I've had it for about a year and a half. I love the tank but I hate the filtration system, and the biorb ceramic substrate is tearing up my current Betta's fins (he likes to sleep on the bottom). So I'm wanting to change up the filtration system and...
  18. G

    Is My Filter Killing My Fish and Replacement Advice

    I have a 29g tank with cardinals, a honey gourami, dwarf corys, cherry shrimp and a clown pleco. I use an Aqueon QuietFlow10 filter, and put a cylindrical sponge over the intake so it doesn't suck up shrimp or snails. For a half a year, this hasn't been giving me any issues until recently...
  19. F

    Filter Intake Tube Level

    Hi!! Just wondering if anybody may be able to send over some advice regarding my new filter. The intake tube (the part inside the tank that sucks up the water) is not as far down as my old filter was. My tank is vertical, hexagon shape not square so it’s tall! It’s an aqua clear filter, I’m...
  20. M

    An idea for a divided betta tank

    Hey I was just thinking and learning more about the benefits and disadvantages of dividing a tank in 2 with a divider to house 2 bettas. I know there are issues with pheromones and etc but thats not why I am here now. I wanted to share my idea and see if it is plausible; So what if I divide a...