Thank you planted, I'm really happy with how its shaping up I can't wait for the stems to fill out and the bolbitis to grow out more, the only thing I'm not that happy with is the sand, I can't decide if I like it or not, I'd like to swap it for either a whiter sand or for more AS and have a foreground plant but I really don't know, time will tell on how I feel about it.
I like the sand foreground but you might be right about something a bit whiter. To enhance the foreground you might try tying some moss to small stones and placing them along the edge of the AS and white sand to let the dark moss creep over. like Amano does in the freebie aquscaping guide.
That I have done already but I guess I could add more if I get my hands on some more weeping moss. Are you suggesting a solid border? Because I've already got one that is broken but it wouldn't take much to fill in the gaps.
Looks great Garuf. Agreed about the sand, its a little orange. I think I'm going to have the same problem when I get my tank sorted out. I'm trying to "cut" the sand I have with other sands to get something I like...
Anyhow, when it fills out more, specially on the left, it'll look even better!
I'll have a fiddle with the diffuser and see what I can come up with, I personally think that there's insuficient flow within the tank but we shall see, I'd supposed to be saving to get my car on the road but I'm thinking I'd much rather have a bigger filter.
A top veiw, trying to show the messy sand overview.
I suspect its both, I've chopped back the hoses and this has shown a marked improvement, I'd really like to get some new lillies but I can't find any anywhere, failing that I'll probably Diy a clear acylic spray bar and use that. Who knows though, IT just doesn't seem to have the umph.
But then I have never mechanically serviced it so It could be a case of it being due and me not knowing what to do.
They're amazing filters and great capacity but they just don't have enough water turnover, I suspect its just over 400lph rather than the quoted 700lph.
I'd be more than happy to get another filter if it wasn't for the fact I'd supposed to be saving, that's the main reason I've been on the scrounge for a second hand high turn over filter.
So there we go kids anyone who has a 1200lph filter going spare I'll gladly take it.
Which tank is that?
I lost by Â£2 on a second 2224, I could have sobbed, I suppose I could sell of some stuff to try and fund raise for a larger filter or a second filter. Having all that extra biological filtration capacity I must say is desirable!
On my rio 180. I have a Tetratec EX700 and a Fluval 204. Both similar ratings. I use both with spray bars, as per Clive's advice. Not really been able to determine if its good or bad as the tank itself is sorta "ticking over" (ie, I'm neglecting it) while I set up the replacement tank and move everything accross
eBay can be a real bugger sometimes... The amount of stuff I've either missed or forgotten to bid on (I tend to snipe last minute ) in the last few weeks... I missed a nice little 60cm T5 luminaire that went for Â£20
I'm gonna change to spray bars and see if there's any improvement, then new lily's then a new or second filter dependant on what I can find at the time.
It all seems very weird to me that one filter can be excellent for the job on the same size tank for someone else but on another persons it's inadiquate.
Makes me wish I was George and got equipment for free.
Well, you could consider reducing the amount of sponge in there, this may increase the flow but at the potential cost of mechanical filtration... Of course, polishing pads would restrict flow a bit, so if you can live without them thats something else to consider...
Also, with the Hydor external you might find this is reducing the flow a bit. Couldn't say though as I've never used one (though I want one). I've also been told a number of times to reduce the length of hose to as short as possible to help with reduced flow. Something I will be doing when I get the next tank setup. All the hose will have only a little slack if I can do it that way.
I guess its a case of finding the balance Would be interesting to see how the spray bar works out 8)