3 foot livebearer setup

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  1. Lowflyer7

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    So I thought I would post a thread about my classroom tank.

    I have a 3 foot standard tank with a built-in filter. The filter has sponge, stones, bio-rings and activated carbon. All run by a 400lph return pump, including a 150watt heater.

    Lighting is currently a 20watt T8 white light and I'll be adding another 20watt T8 globe for plants.

    The substrate is 20kg of silica sand.

    My plan is to create a planted tank with easy to keep plants such as Java Moss, Java Fern and one or two others.

    I'm planning to keep swordtails, mollies and platies.

    This tank is going to be used as an educational tool to teach children how to properly take care of aquarium creatures.

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    @Lowflyer, absolutely awsome!!

    You a STAR and we love you for your interest in educating the children at an early age... the foundations are laid forever

    The tand looks very, very nice

    Im abit confused though (as I cant make out properly from the picture) on how that internal filter is packed... my guy feeling tells me something is not right

    Is there glass between the black sponge and the ceramics?

    Can you post a side picture of the internal filter?
     
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    Should be good .. make sure you plant what can be planted and tie what needs to be tied ...

    Java and even anubias seem to prefer not being planted in the substrate.

    Also that thick a PFS ... might be a long term problem - all depends on what you are planning for the husbandry.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    HI there

    Not to worry, there are three drilled holes in the glass and the sponge is the first catchment.
     
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    I definitely will take all the advice I can get. My knowledge base is quite good with keeping fish, but the plants I have a lot of learning to do.

    Please explain further regarding the PFS.
     
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    Ok... That's what I thought but just curiosity, is there glass between the sponge and the ceramics so that you can take the sponge out easily to clean without removing the ceramics?
     
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    @Lowflyer7 ,

    Not criticizing your filter but just as a matter of interest and ease of cleaning if there is no glass between the sponge and the ceramics

    Below is the internal filter in my stingray pup tank

    The compartment with the three holes where the water goes in ( i have a piece of eggcrate as my rainbows kept going into the filter) houses the heaters

    The water then goes over the sponge on top and then through the ceramics to the pump compartment
    In this way, I can take the sponge out easily to clean or replace without disturbing the ceramics

    This makes it much easier to clean the sponge and ensures that if the water level drops due to the sponges getting a bit dirty, your heaters dont run the risk of having the water level drop and getting damaged

    As I said, just sharing a different way if its suitable in your case
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