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Trying to decide where to put my filter intake and outake

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by LuniqueKero, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. LuniqueKero

    LuniqueKero New Member

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    Hey there!

    This is my first big aquarium (55 Gal) and I'm currently very very close to being ready to start adding plants and water in it, I'm trying to make an informed decision on where to put my intake and outake for the filter.

    Here's a picture

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    The filter is to the right, so I figured I would put the outtake on the right side, but what about the intake? Is it really bad if theyre both around the same spot? I don't think the tube reaches the other end of the aquarium.

    Also any advice for the heater?
     
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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    I would have the outlet placed at the top of the LH end this should give you a better uninterrupted flow.

    That would make the inlet back RH corner.

    You should be able to buy longer hoses for your inlet and outlet.

    I would have two heaters one at each back corner. This would give you a safety barrier not if but when a heater stops working. This is the system I have used for many years.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    High Tech or Low ? CO2?

    Need better flow for HIgh tech and CO2 so choice/position more critical

    Beeter if you what to max the flow/turnover rate, depends on what return fitting you plan to use spraybar/liltpipes

    Inline all the way, heaters in tanks are ugly

    Whats your Filters output.

    I think the left looking at pic
     
  4. LuniqueKero

    LuniqueKero New Member

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    thank you for the advices! I filled my aquarium today!

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    Placed the in and outtakes to the right

    Should I buy more plants or let nature take its course?
     
  5. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    No IMG, I suggest you use the ASW Image its very easy and safe to use.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  6. Zeus

    Zeus Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Think if you leave it as it is nature will kick in with algea esp since you have flooded. I would of done a DSM.
    A higher plants mass would help reduce the algea issues, even a few cheap fast growing stem plants then remove them later

    Sent from Mountolympus via neural interface
     
  7. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is one reason I will always recommend a cheap floating plant eg floating Water sprite it grows faster than a weed.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  8. LuniqueKero

    LuniqueKero New Member

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    I bought new plants today and loaded it even more since I thought there was just too many holes in my tank to my liking!

    Heres how the aquarium looks right now

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    The water is a bit smoky white right now but suposedly bacteria growth will take care of that eventually? Also someone at the store told me that a 25% change every 2 week should be enough, really? I expected to do that everyweek, what do you guys think?
     
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  9. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Before I reply to that what substrate are you using as the original water changes are totally different.

    I hope that was not at an LFS store.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     

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