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  1. MountainMan

    Modifying Canister Filter Media

    Yes. Coarse, medium, and fine mechanical/foam filtration will be used. It only came with mostly coarse and very little fine, so I will modify that to be better balanced as well. There are carbon pads in there as well. I was mostly asking about the use of Bioballs in that empty space/bottom ring...
  2. MountainMan

    Modifying Canister Filter Media

    Good to know. Thanks for your input!
  3. MountainMan

    Modifying Canister Filter Media

    The Matrix was pulled from an old sump wet/dry filter and was pretty dirty, so I rinsed/boiled/scrubbed it before rebagging it for my canister tray. It was very porous when I first bought it, but it doesn't seem to be the case now, since it has been previously used. I'm sure it will work, but...
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    Modifying Canister Filter Media

    Hey Jim, I imagine the logistics in most canister filters are similar. I left out the foam part of the filtration system, but will be using that. My main concern was with regards to the biological filtration. My guess is using the plastic Bioballs in the bottom ring (normally empty space) of my...
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    Modifying Canister Filter Media

    Hello everyone, I just purchased a Fluval FX4. I watched this YouTube video: "**** My Filter #25" and it brought up some valid points. First off, it suggests putting primary settlement media in the bottom ring. I have a bunch of Marineland Bioballs, and was thinking about using those in that...
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    38 Bowfront "the Moving Tank"

    Hi there! Beautiful tank setup you have going. Maybe the FX4 is a bit much for that size of tank? If the tank is still cycling, maybe hold off on all the rescaping and frequent water changes? The fish could be stressed enough with a tank that is trying to cycle, and by shifting things around...
  7. MountainMan

    55 Gallon Build

    I wish I could make suggestions for plants that require no CO², but I've only used artificial plants thus far. Am about to try live plants myself for my next community tank though, so research will be done. Good luck!
  8. MountainMan

    Is It Near The End?

    Sorry to hear you had to deal with this. Hope things have made a turn for the better!
  9. MountainMan

    Back In The Game...

    Beautiful pleco assortment! I just got my first Royal Pleco and love him.
  10. MountainMan

    55 Gallon Build

    Nice looking tank! Glad you're getting back into the hobby. Speaking from beginner's experience, I'd wait until your tank is well established/cycled before adding cardinal tetras. They are super sensitive and get stressed out easily in my limited experience with them. Might I suggest adding some...
  11. MountainMan

    Tall (40") Aquarium Lighting Suggestions

    Yes, I'm seeing this color temperature rating the more I am looking into this. Do lumens have a role to factor into the equation as well? I'm familiar with headlamps in backpacking where lumens is the brightness that penetrates the darkness of an environment. It seems that the color temperature...
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    Tall (40") Aquarium Lighting Suggestions

    Hey everyone, Fairly new to the hobby here, and I'm in need of some advice. I would like some adequate lighting for the 90g tall community Discus tank (artificially planted) l built. My DIY LED lights are just not putting out enough light to illuminate the lower half of the tank. Dimensions...
  13. MountainMan

    Main Display Tank Or Quarantine Tank?

    I think I will hold off on the premedication approach then. From what I was reading, it seemed like Paraguard was more like a broad spectrum antiseptic than a true medication, leading me to believe that it would be a smart idea to lightly "dose" whatever tank the Cardinal Tetras go in. I...
  14. MountainMan

    Main Display Tank Or Quarantine Tank?

    Thanks, I can hardly wait!
  15. MountainMan

    Main Display Tank Or Quarantine Tank?

    Thanks for your input! The Discus will have to wait and come 2nd to the Cardinals, simply due to the cost of Discus. Tank is sitting pretty at 85-86° I wanted to get some fish in there to keep the biofilter fed, aside from obvious reasons for wanting to look at some fish in the first place...
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    Main Display Tank Or Quarantine Tank?

    Hey Everyone! So I have a newly fishless cycled 90g aquarium. I have yet to stock it. I also have a 20g quarantine tank that has been cycling for a week now. My plan for the main display tank, is to stock with Discus and Cardinal Tetras. I won't be adding any Discus until late December. So my...
  17. MountainMan

    Custom Plywood Tall Aquarium

    No worries... All good! While my $50 DIY LED lights are getting the job done, I'm inclined to get a light that penetrates the tank a bit deeper, as well as not augment the appearance of my future Discus. Something else I need to look into... I'm looking to add a custom 3D background around...
  18. MountainMan

    White/opaque "bloom" Forming During Cycle

    Okay, well it seems that most of you that have chimed in, have not said anything like "Oh my god, that is _____ and is extremely bad/harmful!" I'm inclined to let it be and see if it resolves on its own like the numerous videos and forum discussions advise. If it is still there in a week or two...
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    White/opaque "bloom" Forming During Cycle

    Hey Everyone, So I'm 2 weeks into my tank's fishless nitrogen cycle (SeaChem Stability, Prime, and Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride) and I've noticed a "bloom" at the bottom of my tank that looks suspicious. Now I've read that most of these white/opaque blooms are typically normal in a new tank...
  20. MountainMan

    Custom Plywood Tall Aquarium

    Chief, My intention was not to discredit your criticism in any way. On contrary, it has made me think and research every step along the way, and I've been grateful for that. Truly, thanks! While it is hard to read the tone in a posting, I get the sense that you're turning this into a "thing"...




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