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FishMich said:
HI Staci! Just wanted to say your tank set up is gorgeous! Love your custom made lid as well, your fish is going to have the nicest home!

I’m new to sponge filters too, just put one in our big tank. First time setting up airline tubing and a t valve (my air pump has outlets for two airline tubes, but I’m only running one sponge filter) and a check valve. The only thing is, I haven’t found a quiet air pump yet! We moved our 12 gallon to my bedroom, it’s only running an Aquaclear 20, and it’s very quiet compared to the EheI'm air pump running in my son’s bedroom for his 10 gallon. I’m going to try another less powerful EheI'm air pump. Also have a Penn Plax air pod for the 90 gallon, it’s louder than the FX6 canister filter! So my limited advice is to research and find a quiet air pump if you can (if noise bothers you).

Are you in Canada? I’m in BC went to many stores looking for ammonia without additives, found out many people use Old Country ammonia to cycle their aquariums. You can find it at Home Hardware. I started off cycling with fish food as well. Found it hard to target ammonia levels and the decomposing food got really nasty. If you wanted to try liquid ammonia, try there! Good luck!
I’m in Ontario. We have a Home Hardware that I always forget about (there’s a Home Depot right across the street from it where I always go)! Such a good idea! I’ll check it out today, thanks!

I’m not super concerned with any noise as of now; I sleep with a pretty loud noise machine every night, anyways haha. It has apparently been good preparation for owning a bedroom aquarium!

Fingers crossed my Home Hardware has the ammonia! Then I’ll have to start researching how to use it.
 

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Katarina said:
It is nerite snails. It is hard to see them because of all the coconuts and driftwood being the same color as them And they go on cleaning inside of the coconuts too. They leave so much chopped of dark pieces (from the wood and coconuts) behind them though. I wanted to actually ask about the calcium.... is it some liquid, or tablets, or additive in food? It is because one of my snails has scratches since I bought him and I did not see any significant growth in two months. But then again, it is nerites, maybe those stay small?

Well what I do for calcium is snail jello there are tons on recipies online. They love it. Also cucumber but even more so zucchini. I also use boiled egg shells without the inner membrane crushes in a filter midia bag in my filter which enriches the water with calcium they can absorb, then a small price of cuttle bone in the tank, now there is such thing as over calcium-ing lol I only do one crushed egg shell and I feed the snail jello once a week and the cuttle bone stays in always until dissolved them replace, this takes a long time to occur though,
 

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Staci said:
I’m in Ontario. We have a Home Hardware that I always forget about (there’s a Home Depot right across the street from it where I always go)! Such a good idea! I’ll check it out today, thanks!

I’m not super concerned with any noise as of now; I sleep with a pretty loud noise machine every night, anyways haha. It has apparently been good preparation for owning a bedroom aquarium!

Fingers crossed my Home Hardware has the ammonia! Then I’ll have to start researching how to use it.
This should tell you exactly where to find and how to use ammonia

Ammonia instructions for a fishless cycle
 

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FishMich said:
HI Staci! Just wanted to say your tank set up is gorgeous! Love your custom made lid as well, your fish is going to have the nicest home!

I’m new to sponge filters too, just put one in our big tank. First time setting up airline tubing and a t valve (my air pump has outlets for two airline tubes, but I’m only running one sponge filter) and a check valve. The only thing is, I haven’t found a quiet air pump yet! We moved our 12 gallon to my bedroom, it’s only running an Aquaclear 20, and it’s very quiet compared to the EheI'm air pump running in my son’s bedroom for his 10 gallon. I’m going to try another less powerful EheI'm air pump. Also have a Penn Plax air pod for the 90 gallon, it’s louder than the FX6 canister filter! So my limited advice is to research and find a quiet air pump if you can (if noise bothers you).

Are you in Canada? I’m in BC went to many stores looking for ammonia without additives, found out many people use Old Country ammonia to cycle their aquariums. You can find it at Home Hardware. I started off cycling with fish food as well. Found it hard to target ammonia levels and the decomposing food got really nasty. If you wanted to try liquid ammonia, try there! Good luck!
mattgirl said:
That is the one draw back to running sponge filters. I just bought a new air pump for my 5.5 gallon tank hoping it would be quieter than the 2 I already have. It isn't

I have a really small one with just one outlet that I have had for years. It is fairly quiet. I had been using it for quite a while but then I set up a 2 gallon jar for a snail tank and needed to add an air stone to it so needed a stronger air pump to run both the sponge filter for the small tank and the air stone for the snail jar.

Quiet ones seem to be hard to find. I would hate to have either this pump or the one I have on my 55 in my bedroom. Since neither are, the louder than I like pumps aren't a problem for me.

If you set them on a piece of foam it does help some but the vibrating bellows necessary to produce the air is going to make some noise no matter how you set them up.
Staci said:
I’m in Ontario. We have a Home Hardware that I always forget about (there’s a Home Depot right across the street from it where I always go)! Such a good idea! I’ll check it out today, thanks!

I’m not super concerned with any noise as of now; I sleep with a pretty loud noise machine every night, anyways haha. It has apparently been good preparation for owning a bedroom aquarium!

Fingers crossed my Home Hardware has the ammonia! Then I’ll have to start researching how to use it.
Just wanted to try to help out with my two cents worth, but I've had very good luck with Tetra Whisper air pumps in function as well as the noise department. I still keep them on top of a small folded piece of cloth which still helps. They come in all different sizes, and from my experience, are pretty affordable. Not sure if you can find one in Canada, but maybe could do shipping? Anyway, they look like this.
 

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Ms rose said:
Well what I do for calcium is snail jello there are tons on recipies online. They love it. Also cucumber but even more so zucchini. I also use boiled egg shells without the inner membrane crushes in a filter midia bag in my filter which enriches the water with calcium they can absorb, then a small price of cuttle bone in the tank, now there is such thing as over calcium-ing lol I only do one crushed egg shell and I feed the snail jello once a week and the cuttle bone stays in always until dissolved them replace, this takes a long time to occur though,
Thank you! This is very helpful. I just got rid of my old carbon from my filter so I have quiet lot of free space in it. So I’m definitely going with the eggshell, cucumber and zucchinI ideas thank you!
 

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Katarina said:
Thank you! This is very helpful. I just got rid of my old carbon from my filter so I have quiet lot of free space in it. So I’m definitely going with the eggshell, cucumber and zucchinI ideas thank you!
Your very welcome
 
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JLeeM said:
Just wanted to try to help out with my two cents worth, but I've had very good luck with Tetra Whisper air pumps in function as well as the noise department. I still keep them on top of a small folded piece of cloth which still helps. They come in all different sizes, and from my experience, are pretty affordable. Not sure if you can find one in Canada, but maybe could do shipping? Anyway, they look like this.
That’s great news! That’s the exact one I ordered! Super affordable and it’ll be shipped on Monday. Glad to hear you’ve had good luck with it.
 

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