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  1. I don't think that a larger canister will help you. Not too convinced that there'll be a good amount of effective anaerobic area in the matrix inside a canister filter. Definitely try what Rod suggested. Perhaps a refugium with lots of plants will work better than a larger canister? Or maybe have a look at some nitrate media for short term use? (Not sure how well they work though).
  2. Been using HOB filters along with other types on my aquariums for a few years now. They're good at breaking the water surface. I find them very easy to maintain (2nd to sponge filters), I just pull my media basket/net whenever I want to clean the media. I replaced the stock plastic media and carbon with spare bio media that I have. I also use a sponge on the intake which I clean often. Stops food and whatnot from getting sucked into the filter. I've got no major complaints with them. Not too loud at all. Way quieter than my air pump . Only issue I experienced was that the impeller stopped spinning on one of the hob as it got clogged but got it back up and running without any further issue. Some things you might want to consider: = If it's not self priming, you have to scoop water in your filter every time you do a water change (if the water gets siphoned out of the intake tube). = Pay particular attention to the size of the filter and where you want to put it. It may/may not fit the back of your aquarium especially if you've got bracing along the length of your aquarium. = You may have issues fitting a lid depending on your setup. = If you don't top up your aquarium high enough, you may experience a water fall effect (e.g. loud splashing and may dig into your substrate). = It pushes a lot of flow. But then again I tend to up-size my filter. = I notice that I tend to get more evaporation than usual but nothing major.
  3. If you're keeping hardier fish they might survive if you cycle with them but I still think they'd be stressed and cycling will take longer if you need to do more water changes... To speed things up you can use existing media like Kalo mentioned or use one of those bacteria in a bottle (never tried it so don't know how well they work). Other things you can do to speed things up at this time of the year is bumping up the temperature (say 27/28C) and aerating the water. Not really a problem for most people but make sure your ph isn't way too acidic.
  4. Welcome. Are you using internet explorer? I find that if I keep scrolling down I can see the posts. Embedded videos are zoomed way in though. I don't have problems using chrome.
  5. As soon as your ammonia and nitrite drops and stabilises to 0 (and nitrate rising) it's pretty much good to go. Try not to let your nitrates build up higher than it is now though as you probably already know . But yeah waiting doesn't hurt to ensure that everything is stable... try not to add too many fish at once.
  6. Sorry to hear that. Hard part with fish diseases is that a lot of the symptoms overlaps. Hard to tell without examination. Might work if your fish has flukes. If not flukes your fish might have costia/slime disease.
  7. Possible culprits I can think of are water quality, oxygen deficiency, or parasites. Are your water parameters good? What's your water temp (too hot & not enough aeration)? Are you running CO2 or dosing ferts? Dead fish decaying in your tank? Have you introduced a new fish lately? Does your fish look ok?
  8. Think you should be ok then, but monitor your fish just in case... Bristlenoses likes well aerated tanks from memory. In saying that, I've kept them for years in one of my tanks without an air pump.
  9. Depends what you use your air pump for. Are you using them for looks, run ornaments, etc? If you're using them for extra aeration and your fish are not gasping for air or hanging around near the surface all the time whenever you're not using it, you should be ok. If you're keeping lots of fish, don't have good water movement, or it's a hot day might be best to leave it on... On another note it says your filter is rated at 500L. If you've only got one filter using stock media, monitor that it can keep up with the extra bioload as you add more fish.
  10. I've found cherries to be quite hardy. Had ten of them in a small tank with no heater and filter, which turned to hundreds within a year or so before transferring them to a bigger tank. I have some small plants in the tank with them and big weekly water changes.
  11. Mine likes (pealed) mushrooms also. I usually give a third of the mushroom with gills removed (as it gets everywhere)... All gone by the second day. I also have some cherry shrimp in the same tank for more than a year now. Maybe some are getting eaten but I haven't seen my pep go after the cherries nor do I notice their numbers reducing.
  12. I've used potassium permanganate and bleach before (on separate occasions) without any issues. Just make sure you give it a good rinse and soak with neutraliser after.
  13. I might be wrong but plants look like a Blyxa to me. Nice looking fishes and tank set-up.
  14. If everything is under control now, why start over? There's always gonna be some 'bugs' in any aquarium from different sources. Just keep up with your maintenance schedule and make sure everything is stable. Also make sure that there are minimum left over food. But if you decide to start over, I'd keep the plants and driftwood. There's no fungus growing on them right? If there is, they're probably rotting or there's other organic material on it. If you still want to start over, you can always soak your plants and driftwood in a potassium permanganate solution if you're worried.
  15. Agree with matt that pure RO may harm the fish (depending on how good the RO unit is at removing stuff); which is why you either need to add in buffers/minerals like betta is doing or mix some tap water or RO "waste" water; in which case you may need a dosing set-up anyway like aqua has been suggesting all along - that's if you want an automated set-up. Also depending on the RO unit, it may/may not not remove all the chloramines - well that's what I've been told anyway by a couple of businesses selling water filters. But then again as long as it's minimal then you might be able to get away with it.
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