New tank, what type of filtration to run at back?

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  1. Matt

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    I have a new little tank that had a dense black sponge as well as some filter floss in the rear "filter" compartments of the tank.

    I used to keep marines, so I immediately removed those thinking they would become nitrate traps... However now I am left with a little tank that has NO filtration. Do I put them back in the tank??
     
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    if you have limited space for filtration then you should use the best media you can get that will maximize the filtration processes in such a small space and this media is Eheim Substrat Pro...
     
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    Dolphin where are you located? I am in johannesburg. Do i run this in a filter sock in the rear compartments

    I can post some pictures of my current setup if that would help?
     
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    Pics are always welcome ;)
     
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    Substrat pro is a medium granular filter media that can be placed directly into the filter chambers...

    perhaps yes post some pics of the filter compartments...

    NB: Eheim substrat pro is out of stock at the wholesaler and we've all been waiting months for new stock - was told today maybe mid Feb... If you cant find this anywhere then the next best media is Hydroton.
     
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    Dolphin: where are you located? Im in JHB

    I will take some pics and post them up now. Cheers!
     
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    in Jhb...
     
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    Here's the little PICO i'm setting up for my girlfriend:

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    Here's the rear compartments. You cans see at the moment there is just some floss, a heater and small return pump.
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    Here's some gravel i picked out - looked more natural than most of the ugly stuff they had. Will this be ok?
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    Tetra PlantaMin (liquid fertilizer) as well as AlgiMin (haven't used any of this yet)
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    Nutrafin Aqua+ as well as Nutrafin Cycle
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    Couple of questions:
    I'd really like this tank to be full of plants - perhaps have a few neons or white clouds. But with it being so small i dont want to get too technical. Whats the best way of doing this in such a small tank?

    I dosed nutrafin cycle, not sure if this product works? Has anyone used it with success?

    Dolphin: where abouts in JHB? Could you pls PM me? I tried sending you a PM but my post count is too low :/ hehe
     
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    okay, it looks like you should have space to pack in the filter media - you should look to get the 250ml.

    the gravel appears abit course, especially for plants so I would advise you look at a smaller grain size that will encourage root development.

    I cant comment on the tetra producst as I dont use those...

    its a very pretty setup that has lots of potential! You were also enquiring about fish on another thread and if I may suggest, you might want to consider some of these PICO Fish:
    Microrasbora Galaxy
    Microrasbora Erythomicron
    Microrasbora Nana
    Rasbora Vulcanos
    Boraras Merah
    Boraras Brigrittae
    Rasbora Kubotai
     
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    Many thanks for the comments Dolphin.

    With regards to the gravel - will it trap detritus and end up causing hassles?? Could you recommend substrate? please PM me your shop address and I will come past tomorrow if that is ok?

    The Rasbora Kubotaiis looks awesome! Could I keep maybe 6 of these? How easy are they to get stock of? Also are they easier to keep/smaller than the neon tetras?
     

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