Help with dead spots in 55g Help

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by psalm18.2, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I have a 55g. I'm using 2 canister filters, 1 at each end.

    I'm finding dead spots in my tank where food and debris end up. What's a good circulation pattern to help?

    One filter's spraybar is on the top left horizontally moving surface water. Filter two's spraybar was on vertically towards the front glass. I moved it to the middle so it hits both the surface and middle of tank. The spraybar is too long to mount horizontally.

  2. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    If you can trim the 2nd spraybar to fit horizontally (mine has a plug you can take out and re-insert after trimming) then it may be worth locating it low in the tank facing horizontally along the bottom to create a kind of circular current to keep debris suspended until it can be picked up. I've never tried this method, its just an idea. :)

  3. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

  4. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Could you post pics?

  5. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    The tank. I have removed some rock in the corners that could be blocking flow.

    Attached Files:

  6. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I'm not quite understanding how your filters are set up. Is the stuff collecting in one spot or is it just all over the place? Does the filter make that mound?
  7. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Seems to be in bottom left corner, behind a rock/cave. The fish make the mounds digging. I did take out some sand SUN to keep it from getting to high.
    My filters are placed as such:
    F          I                             I   *
    F.         I                    FFFFFFFFFF.  *
    F.         I                             I   *
    F.         I                             I   *
    F.                                           *
    F= spraybar, I= intake
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 3, 2012
  8. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    The drawing moved. Let me figure out how to diagram.
  9. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Hi psalm,
    I had a play around with your post above. Is that what you wanted?
  10. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I'm still not seeing the rectangle I drew w/ intake/filter positions.
  11. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Here we go:
  12. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Sorry, but I am still having trouble... Is this a view from the top or the side? Collecting in one place is a good thing - if it's in a corner, try lowering the intake tube closer to the bottom. I keep mine an inch off the bottom.

    Here's a 3D sketch of how my filters are set up. photo(16).jpg
  13. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    We basically have the same set up. My intake tubes are on the back pane. The directions on canisters said to keep intake tubes 4" off substrate. I'll try lowering them.

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