Spec me a filter!

Gbark

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Hi all,

I have got a new arcadia arc 35 litre tank.

I plan on using it as a shrimp tank. (Crystal and bumble bee shrimp)

I want it low tech i will plant some small foreground plants and that is about it. I don't want to use Co2 on this tank.

Any ideas for a small filter would be good :)

I was thinking of maybe a sera fil 60 and fill it with sera siporax mini!
 
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Marineland has their DJ 100 Multi-Filter which looks very similar and would be fine for a small tank. I never recommend them because proper flow rate requires removing all the extra filter material except for the sponge. It's hard to say, try this but you need to do this and this unless you want to clean the filter every four days. I would suggest (if not to late) that you might prefer the Sera fill 120 based only on my experience with the smaller DJ 50.
 
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I have an Eheim Liberty on my 10 gallon (37.8541178 liters). Quiet, simple, it works. Just have to get a pre-filter for the intake (to keep the shrimp out of the filter).
 

Gbark

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I think i will go for the sera fil 120 and fill it with sipriax mini.

Now should i go for the ADA africa or amazonia substrate, i want this to be low tech and low light, just going to use the arcadia light that comes with the tank. :)
 

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I'd go with the Amazonia (original).


Am I too late for the filter question?

Are you sure that you want an internal filter like the sera fil in your 35L? You're thinking about moving up to the 120 and it's larger ... taking up more space. Every time that you service it, you have to pull it out and risk hurting your tiny critters.

Have you considered the Eheim 2211? Or, the 2213?
http://www.eheimasiapacific.com/prod_e_extfilter_classic.html
http://www.eheim.de/eheim/pdf/en/anleitungen/afilter/2211_classic.pdf
http://www.eheim.de/eheim/pdf/en/anleitungen/afilter/2213_classic.pdf

You could get some 9mm Lily Pipes for your 2211: http://cgi.ebay.com/Magic-Lily-Pipe...m&pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item4cedd75877

Or 13mm for the 2213: http://cgi.ebay.com/Lily-Pipe-inflo...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a52399841
 
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I have often thought that I might try getting one of Eheim's classic filters for my small tank. To keep the shrimp out of those you will need some sort of prefilter, often just as big as any internal filter. I suppose it's a choice between having junk in the tank or a junk shelf outside the tank.

Which makes me wonder. Would anyone know of a sponge filter they like? Have they fallen out of favor because of the noise from the air pump? hmmmmm

Sorry to say I have never tried the ADA africa or amazonia substrate. I have used the new black Azoo substrate and find what they say is true enough. I see no reason Aqua Soil would be any different then advertised.
http://www.aquajournal.net/na/notes/001/index.html

I just want to add that after removing everything but the sponge the DJ 100 still needs cleaning, just every two weeks and not every four days.
 
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Left C;50679 said:
I'd go with the Amazonia (original).


Am I too late for the filter question?

Are you sure that you want an internal filter like the sera fil in your 35L? You're thinking about moving up to the 120 and it's larger ... taking up more space. Every time that you service it, you have to pull it out and risk hurting your tiny critters.

Have you considered the Eheim 2211? Or, the 2213?
http://www.eheimasiapacific.com/prod_e_extfilter_classic.html
http://www.eheim.de/eheim/pdf/en/anleitungen/afilter/2211_classic.pdf
http://www.eheim.de/eheim/pdf/en/anleitungen/afilter/2213_classic.pdf

You could get some 9mm Lily Pipes for your 2211: http://cgi.ebay.com/Magic-Lily-Pipe...m&pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item4cedd75877

Or 13mm for the 2213: http://cgi.ebay.com/Lily-Pipe-inflo...tem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a52399841


I have not been out and bought the filter yet, i am familular with the eheim external and lily pipes, i run a pro2 on 17mm lily pipes on my main tank.

I will look at the 2211 and the 9mm lily pipes, but i wanted oxygen injection for the shrimp

I don't use a pre filter on the lily pipes i use a bit of stocking ( the wife geos mad:p)