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Flow rate for Angels?

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by Likuid300, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Likuid300

    Likuid300 Junior Poster

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    Want some marbles in my living room but...Is an Ehiem 2215 in a 29 gal tall (20 gal actual water) too much turbulence for angel fish?
     
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    I'm sorry, but I think the tank is too small for angelfish. They will not have the chance to fully grow up, probably you'll and up with some sad looking pygmea angels. because of their size and heigth, angels need at least a 40 x 24 inch tank IME.

    High flow is not desirable for angelfish. Their body acts like a sail with high flow and it will give them a hard time to swim around.
     
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    Thank you!
    I certainly don't want sad fish in my house =( That sucks tho
    I have, and plan to always have, a high tech tank I think. It's 60w lights for 2 hours, 120w for 4hr, and 60 for 2hr with 70ppm co2 (@ 6 hr mark), dry ferts...I wish I had the funds to see the mmol at the surface but I don't.
    I've been reading there needs to be 8-10x tank vol flow rate, so if I got a big enough tank, does that mean I can't have a heavily planted tank (such as a Dutch tank) with Angels?
     
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    I suppose a better way to ask the question would be... How many times should a tank be turned over per hour in order to house Angels?
     
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    The 8 - 10x turnover guideline is about filtration and keeping a clean tank. Flow is needed to distribute CO2 and surface movement for O2. The needed turnover rate varies because of tank dimension, amount of plants and hardscape.

    My tank has just 4x turnover and is doing well on all aspects. I'd use the filter that you have and reduce flow if needed by using a restricting outlet. Place the outlet an inch under the water surface to create surface movement.
     
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    This equation definitely intrigues me. I assume there is no defined equation for this of course every situation is diff. how do you judge? So far I've just looked at plant and fish movement...if it looks like they're saying "oh shit", its prolly not good. But this I still don't know.....should my stems be wiggling and 75 degrees tilted.....or barely wiggling and 90 degrees....last question
    thank you
     
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    Slight movement of plant leaves is ok. Bending of stems is too much, although some stems are so week it's almost unavoidable.
    Some CO2 deficiencies can show up and cause algae because of flow insufficiency. Also BGA in corners etc.
     
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    From what I understand, and what I have been told, stunting is never a good thing. Especially in keeping of large fish or "tankbuster species" (tiger shovelnose catfish, bala sharks, knife fish, etc.), stunting often results in growth defects such as deformities in the spine and skull.
    Read this: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/stunted-growth-means-stunted-lives/
    It has some pretty important information, especially towards the bottom.
    Also, I don't believe that you can relate your vallisneria to the well-being of angelfish, aquabillpers. There are huge biological barriers separating plants from animals, most notably of which is plants inability to feel pain... (At least, as far as we know.) :p
    Angelfish can get very territorial. In most cases (that I've heard of, at least), 29 gallons is not ever large enough for two angelfish - and questionably suitable for one.
    Note, however, that most of this is not from personal experience but rather from research and from hearsay. It could be wrong - but that would make a whole lot of more experienced aquarists and scientists wrong as well.
     
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    Many like smaller stunted plant sizes, not max growth and sizing, but with fish, suddenly it must be a bad thing.

    Different morals for different Phyla.

    Vegan "killers" grinding.
     
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    Are two pound koi (Cyprinus carpio) somehow less healthy than their 25 pound brethren?? Is the four year old, 7 inch long brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in a small, infertile mountain stream less robust than the 10 pounder in the Nipigon River in Ontario? I don't think so.

    Thanks for reminding me that there are huge biological barriers between plants and animals. I must be spending too much time at Barrreport.com. :)

    Bill
     
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