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    FX5 or 2080 pro?

    you can just use a powerhead to bring the 10x turnover up. I use a Tetratec EX1200 (1200l/ph) & a 2300l/ph koralia on my 216l. Much cheaper option.
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    Bio Chem Zorb in planted tank

    carbon only removes small amounts of nutrients, so you will be safe to use it :thumbup:
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    Carbon??

    It takes minimal amounts of nutrients out of the water column, but not enough to do any damage. Most just use it for bateria to colonise on due to a large surface area.
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    Smallest Circulation pump

    what size tank is it for? it is reccomended you aim for 10x turnover as a minimum.
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    How much L/H would I aim for?

    The 10x guideline takes into account the filter reduction. I find for small tanks such as yours, i go for 10x, but on larger tanks where it is harder to distribute the flow evenly, aiming for 15-20x is more efficient.
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    High output filter

    no, it comes with standard out puts but you can buy spray bars. I think Clive just bought some pond hose and drilled a few holes in here and there. H has posted some pictures up before but i cant find them, if he reads this he may repost them again :wink: George used something like a 305, so...
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    High output filter

    in large tanks it gets harder to disperse the flow evenly. imagine 300lph on a 30litre tank, thats easy, but blasting 4000lph across a 400l tank gets hard. i would get 2 filters, so you have 1 intake either end for maximum efficiency in debris uptake, then get a koralia for extra flow needed...
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    Eheim 2227 Substrat Question

    i won a filter and it come with some biomax form a saltwater setup, i boiled it with no adverse affects to its structure, nor anything within the aquarium :thumbup:
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    Need a fairly large powerhead

    i have a 3000l/ph powerhead from these, took about 2weeks to arrive but it works perfectly & is silent :) http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/AquaEra-U ... ec0Q2em322
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    External Filters- buying cheap any pitfalls?

    what is your budget? There are some pretty cheap filters about. I have bought 2nd hand twice. On my recent purchase (tetratec EX1200) it leaked, however, this was a known fact by Tetra so they replaced it for me with no questions asked! I had heard of their good customer service so i decided to...
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    Cheapest place to buy eheim 2080

    woops i mis-read your post :oops: did you check if they had the 2080 in? Charterhouse are pretty reasonable with eheim products.
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    Cheapest place to buy eheim 2080

    £150 when in stock, but it is being replaced by a newer model so it wont be there long http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/ ... p-190.html
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    i recieved my motorhead today and it appears to of fixed the problem, i have had it setup for the past 45mins now :D thanks to everyone's help! thanks,
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    Aeration - Please help to clarify

    oh right, yeah those things are fine and many people use them.
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    Aeration - Please help to clarify

    if that El Valve is a pH controller then i would return it too the shop if possible. This thread pretty much covers everthing viewtopic.php?f=37&t=3701&hilit=ph+controller
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    Aeration - Please help to clarify

    1) BGA is caused by low nitrates, ammonia spikes, organic waste, dirty filters, poor flow, and poor maintenance UV sterilisers only stop free floating algae cells, BGA doesnt pass through the UV, hence why it doesnt make a difference ;) 2) normal, if you want to stop this then run it 24/7 3)...
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    got through this morning, and they are sending me a motorhead this time :) if that doesnt solve it i give up!
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    i lubricated all the o-rings which solved the leaking, however, it has started leaking on the left side now :!: thanks for the info.
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    yes, although when i used to take my Fluval off they were too so i ony assumed it was normal, did you replace them with larger ones? Thanks.
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    thanks, i am going to resume maintenance & checks tommorrow as i am fedup today :( Meanwhile if ayone else has any other tips then i shall definatley be using them! Thanks, Matt
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    so far, i have checked the media baskets are in correctly, and added vaseline to the O-ring but still leaking :/
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    I am pretty sure they are, but i'll check anyway. Thanks.
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    Tetratec filter leaking :(

    Hi, i rung Tetra up and they have sent a replacement, but the filter is still leaking after replacing it :( Have they sent the correct part out or is just me that has it setup wrong :?: They sent me the black, removeable part on the top where the hoses connect. I cant see anything out of place...
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    tetratec ex600- reviews please

    yeah, all tetratec EX models get excellent reviews except the EX2400.
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    where can i buy these

    buy a large sponge and make one yourself, or wrap some netting around the intake which IMO would be better as it wont slow the flow rate down too much. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Filter-Guard-Aqua ... 1|294%3A50
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    the water is taken to the bottom, the pulled up though the media, back to the top, so ideally you want purigen last (at the top), where the water will be the cleanest (of waste) so it doesnt get clogged up.
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    to late :roll: i think my LFS have some of the JBL stuff in.
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    i shall take a look. :) EDIT: £22.50 for P+P :shock: i dont think so....
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    i cant see the point in the plastic balls, do you use this one? http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... cts_id=925
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    thanks, i bought it a few months ago and just realised i bet of get some media ordered!!
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    Tetratec EX1200 Media question

    Hi, I have bought a 2nd hand EX1200 but it comes with no media or handbook, i have downloaded the PDF version off the website and it shows 2 foam sponges being able to fit into 1 tray, although they dont look that deep IMO :?: So how many sponges can 1 basket hold? Thanks.
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    Koralia 3, in a 4' tank?

    Yes it is 1ppm, you could try raising it to 22ml, It should work, if you get a powerhead then point it towards the front glass, or currently, point your filter to the front so it hits the glass and runs down.
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    Koralia 3, in a 4' tank?

    low levels of phosphate can cause GDA, many people have success when raising to 2-3ppm What fert are you using and when are you dosing? If it is dry powders then please state the quantities mixed up. Thanks.
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    Koralia 3, in a 4' tank?

    koralia's are much better due to them having a large grill which dissipates the flow over a larger area, It will be fine IMO, you could get away with a K2 which is 2300l/ph if you wish.
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    Cheap Lily Pipes / Lily Pipes for a Fluval 105

    i ahve just ordered these http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0295750320 probably too large but i will let you know how i get on with them EDIT: just seen a post in AE about a clearance section and these poopped up! http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.p ... cts_id=767
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    Setting up a “higher” tech planted tank

    the affects are minimal, you probably wont even notice them. you may kill a few, but there are millions of bacteria which are fully cpable of carrying out their job, and they are quick at multiplying if anything does go wrong. :)
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    Setting up a “higher” tech planted tank

    you are changing water, the bacteria is in the filter like you said and the only time this is affected is when you clean the media (which you dont need to do every day)
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    Alternative Inlet/Outlet for Fluval 105

    yes, it make no difference, i chopped about 5cm of my 205 when i had it on my 60l, It is only a plastic pipe and it doesnt change shape lol/
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    Alternative Inlet/Outlet for Fluval 105

    get out the good old saw :)
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    TetraTec EX 2400 - review

    i have just recieved an EX1200 and that is big, glad i didnt go for the 2400 'cos i dont think it would of fit in the cabinet lol. I thought the same too. I wondered if the plastic balls were to disrupt the flow, and the ceramics to hold bacteria. For some reason i cant imagine the plastic...
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    Issue with Fluval 205

    and also blast the pipes through with the tap as the ribbed hosing can collect a lot of detrius.
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    Interesting Sechem Purigen reply!!!

    On the website it says it removes nitrogenous waste - does this include NO3 aswell? Do you see a difference?
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    Replacing Hose on Fluval 305

    cool, let us know how you get on.
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    Hagen Fluval 105

    lol, this forum is much more civilised. :wink:
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    TetraTec EX 2400 - review

    glad i sawe this thread, thanks for posting. So is everyone saying the TT EX1200 is ok then?
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    Eden / Zoo-med Sweeping Powerhead

    I was looking at them from here - http://www.aquatics-online.co.uk/catalo ... -heads.asp Although I am presuming that they just blast the water out in a forwards direction (i know they turn but they will be the same as other powerheads), but koralia models spread the flow out evenly across the...
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    doing away with filters.

    It depends on the stocking, lightly stocking the tank will mean less ammonia being produced so the beacteria in the filter along with the plants will be able to help keep the levels down.
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    fluval 305,have i got enough lph

    fluval 305 - 1000l/ph koralia 2 - 2300l/ph =3300l/ph (14x turnover) so you are ok.
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    where to get filter sponges

    What filter is it? 1 pad will be fine, although you may be able to save on postage costs and have a spare set if necassary by buying 2.
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    where to get filter sponges

    They will be fine, i have nicked these pics off of Dave Spencer's journal, i am sure he wont mind :wink:
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    where to get filter sponges

    I get mine from a garden centre where they sell pond equiipment, buy some sponges and cut them to the size you need. Available in different coarse's so you can trap the finest of waste floating around.
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    Running two filters,can one be turned off part of the day?

    once oxygenated water stops passing through the filter, the bacteria start to die, I read somewhere after about 45mins i think, i usually leave mine off a few hours when doing maintenance. how long are you planning to leave them off?
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    Manufacturer's flow rates - Truth or myth

    interesting info, i have a fluval 205 reccomended for a 200l tank with 660l/ph also a eheim classic 2215, reccomended for a 450l tank with about the same 660l/ph!! from the info given that would mean that my eheim would be more like 1000l/ph with no media? (just generalising) Both filters...
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    Positioning of Koralia 1?

    Thanks for all your help :D
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    Positioning of Koralia 1?

    nutrafin spirulina algae - 44% protein Hikari cichlid excel - 42% protein Tetra Pro Veg - 46% protein Daily (mixture), i give them a pinch and wait until it has gone, then i feed them a bit more until they start to leave it. frozen daphnia - Every Sunday 50% water change every fortnight - do...
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    To sump or not to sump

    I havent had experience, however common sense tells me that having it splashing down into the sump would gas off the CO2, but i agree with your second statement, having it setup correctly I dont see why it couldnt work. Another question that has come to mind is about fertilisers - would you...
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    Positioning of Koralia 1?

    Thanks for the reply's this is a fluval vicenza 180 - 180l cichlid tank (no plants - dont shoot me :? ) currently 7x turnover, adding the koralia 1 will push it up to 15x I got BGA when i first set it up & put it down to the unblalnced tank, possible ammonia etc. But it hasnt gone since(after...
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    To sump or not to sump

    Sumps lose a lot of CO2 when the water is passing over the weir.
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    Positioning of Koralia 1?

    Where do you reccomend positioning a koralia one in my tank? I have 2 filters on the tank(fluval 205 & Eheim 2215), both inlets are at the back right, with the fluval output on the back right, and the eheim spray bar on the back left. I am still getting BGA, and i have put it down to flow, so i...
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    Which make on internal filter is the best

    Fluval again, they have brought out a new 'U' series of filters which look to be quite good, http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/p ... cle_id=713
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    Circulation Pump

    i didnt realise they sold excel, it is so cheap!
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    Fluval 205 opinions

    I have 2 x 205's (and previously a 105) and they are all great. The price is cheap but for the money they are good value, i like the quick lock clamps that fasten the lid down, very easy to use, priming again is easy, although some people say they have trouble but i dont know why! It has a lot...
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    Positioning of second filter

    are you getting enough flow/ circulation at the left side? If not then add the filter there to improve things
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    Super flow!

    1) get a 1 litre jug, 2) time it how long it takes to fill (usually seconds) 3) 3600 (total seconds in 1hr) / seconds taken to fill up eg. 3600/ 30 = 120l/ph
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    Super flow!

    i dont, that is what i think the maximum that I would go ;) (see below quote), as i dont see the point, all i am bothered about is for my plants to grow, which they do well enough with just 10x, 32x is just over the top IMO :wink: Each to their own though...
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    Super flow!

    do you really need need 32x turnove your tank though? I think George with 25x is the max i would go and on the edge of being pointless, IMO 20x is plenty, i only have 10x and my plants are doing great.
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    Filtration Question - Filter vs Power Head

    it is 600 Us gal p/hr so it will provide about 5x turnover. so you could get 2 of these or just one then an additional powerhead
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    Filtration Question - Filter vs Power Head

    take a look at this thread viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1972&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=fluval+fx5
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    Improving Water Flow

    viewtopic.php?f=20&t=3131&p=35912&hilit=reply#p35912 there are a few pics i did on the above post, not the most detailed though!
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    How high/low for in/out pipes of drilled tank?

    con's you cant move them, so depending on the type of scape you are wanting, you have to plan it around them.
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    Second filter for a 260l tank

    10x isnt a strict rule, we only advise it so nutrients & CO2 are puhed around effectively, plus, once filled with media etc it is decreased again.
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    Filter In Flow, Out Flow Placement?

    sounds good enough to me :)
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    Filter In Flow, Out Flow Placement?

    usually they are both placed at the same end, this way it provides better circulation, easier to explain with a diagram, excuse the lousy drawings lol, hope you get the idea: obvoisly it wont be as bad as that 1st pic but it makes sense ;)
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    Lily pipe compatability (sp)

    by the looks of it i think you just want the dont you :lol: you will need 17mm clear pipe, then get some hose reducers and bring the size down although i have not seen 16mm? Maybe you could heat the pipe so it melts a bit and forms a tight seal.
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    HELP needed on lack of filtration

    use a small internal & fill it with zeolite, or purigen if you can get some. and do 50% w/c daily if you can. Good luck, :)
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    Which external filter?

    They are quite filled out now, not much more to go, an it i still fine, all of them sway in the flow.
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    Which external filter?

    i use a 205 on my 60l and it is plenty IMO (11x turnover)
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    fluval 105 questions

    READ THE INSTRUCTIONS It makes life so much simpler!
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    fluval 105 questions

    you need to switch the ribbed hosing for some clear, then get some hose reducers or maybe enlarges to fit the size of the lily pipe. (you might not even need these) leave the cannister empty. Push the black lever down and it may start otherwise use the primeing handle to get it going. after it...
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    fluval 105 questions

    you manke me laugh clive :lol: the 205 is only higher than the 105, the height is approx 45cm (with taps height added on) all othe dimensions are the smae.
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    fluval 105 questions

    cut the tube to the desired length. It will be plenty there for both outlets. The end with rubber on go to the filter and the cut end go into the tank (attached to the iintake/ outake) as these have rubbers on already. Carbon doesnt remove carbon. It remoevs metals (which is in fertilisers...
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    125 ltr tank needs bigger filter

    i used cable ties 8)
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    HOB effective enough for carpeting plants?

    yellow leaves is a nutrient defficiency.
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    HOB effective enough for carpeting plants?

    George used a HOB on this one: http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2 ... ol=0&id=22 it will most likley be light issue if it is a small tank. List the whole setup.
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    125 ltr tank needs bigger filter

    i am pretty sure the 405 has 16/ 18mm hose.
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    Rena XP3 filter

    you can get hos reducers to that!
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    Rena XP3 filter

    They are great, i have had a 105, and i now have 2 x 205's! None has let me down. They are easy to prime, connect back up, nothing wrong with them IMO. except the ribbed hosing which collects a lot of crap. You can change this to the normal hosing though.
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    125 ltr tank needs bigger filter

    I know George used a fluval with clear hosing on the tank he did for PFK (English summer) He just used hose reducers (or whatever they are called!) to fit the hose on where needed.
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    Flow Eductors - any use in a planted tank?

    In theory yes, it is similar to a lily pipe.
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    HERO FILTERS

    lol, do you have a link or pic?
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    Product Review JBL CristalProfi e1500 Review (Picture Heavy)

    smart filter, very cool opening clips aswell 8) Hot Fuzz - what a film :lol:
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    Circulation??

    the roots will eventually get to the bottom unless they are trimmed though.
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    Circulation??

    the UGF wont help your plants.
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    125 ltr tank needs bigger filter

    i have a fluval 205 and eheim classic 2215, the eheim is better build quality but the fluval is easier to use
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    JBL SintoMec

    Forgot to say i never change mine, i just wash it in tank water if it ever gets any serious dirt build up.
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    JBL SintoMec

    as long as you didnt change all of it.
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    JBL SintoMec

    Yes, plants use the nutrients that carbon takes in and they also use nitrate, you will starve your plants. Most people use sponges, bio balls, sometimes peat.
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    AN OLD CHESTNUT I'M SURE - FILTERS!

    I have an eheim classic 2215 & fluval 205, both are good filters, fluval is simpler but the eheim is better quality, i would reccomend getting a second hand one off ebay as long as it isn to old!
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