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6 years 2 months ago #34376 by ziggy2
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If you have only one sponge per tank, only clean it with tank water. If you run it under a faucet, it will kill the bacteria. I clean mine when I do water changes and use the python to suck the exterior clean. Once a month I might squeeze it out in a bucket of tank water.

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6 years 2 months ago #34374 by Jim_
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I wantesd to thank everyone for there advice I have started breeding I have 3 40 setup 1 with Aulonocara stuartgranti Mdoka flaimtails 1 with Aulonocara stuartgranti (Usisya) flavescent I also have 3 10 gal with fry german red mdoka flaimtail I got from ny breeders and flavescent I got from my breeders. I have three 20 gal one has some juvi flavescent. so I am off to a good start I think. I have my show tank with all males like 16 I think o and I have 20 Synodontis Petricola I love those fish. I am still up in the air about what to breed in the last 40 thinking benga.Just a few things I learned I am getting heaters for my 10 gal fry tanks just today they started to get to cold I dont like the fact the temp changes to much with the temp in the house I dont think it is safe for the fry,and it slows there growth down when the temp is low. I have been doing water changes twice a week in the 10 gal and once in the rest, I am running all sponges. I bought cheap heaters from a guy in chicago and he selles on gcca and they have been working out good keep good temp no problems so far.

I was wondering how often do you clean your sponge filters and how do you do it?


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6 years 2 months ago #34296 by Malatang
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Mikes absoulty right, on one of my grow out tanks, 7' tank, I set tens right on top of the tank, 4 in the middle and leave 1.5 feet open on each end for acess to the tank, tens don't have heaters and stay at 75, they also do double duty as tops for the big tank.

I keep all my tanks at 74-75 degreese and don't have any problems.

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6 years 2 months ago #34282 by mikeg2929
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Absolutely. Heat rises - put your fry tanks over your breeder tanks. Most malawians do great at 75 degrees. I used to keep a few south americans that liked it hotter. i kept them on the bottom rack and that tank alone kept my very well insulated room pretty warm.

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6 years 2 months ago #34280 by Jim_
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can you really not use heaters in your fry tanks if they stay above 70???

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6 years 2 months ago #34269 by sawboy
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mikeg2929 wrote: Disagree. I wouldnt even heat the small tanks if they stay above 70 degrees. What fails in a heater, from my experience, is the thermostat. It either freezes off or on. if off - the heater is cold, if on - super hot.

Go low on the wattage is a way to deal with cheap heaters - 2 watts per gallon, never more than 3 and when they fail, you should be okay.



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6 years 2 months ago #34266 by mikeg2929
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Disagree. I wouldnt even heat the small tanks if they stay above 70 degrees. What fails in a heater, from my experience, is the thermostat. It either freezes off or on. if off - the heater is cold, if on - super hot.

Go low on the wattage is a way to deal with cheap heaters - 2 watts per gallon, never more than 3 and when they fail, you should be okay.

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6 years 2 months ago #34263 by Jim_
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as far as the heater goes I think they are all made in china anyways, I found out some of them are made buy the same companies that make name brand stuff, The ones I bought have some really good reveiws and not alot of bad stuff said about them I also read alot about heaters in the past couple weeks and most heaters that fail dont cook the fish the just fail and dont work, with that said just for peice of mind I think I will buy the Eheim Jager. for my 3 40 breeders, then I can see the differants in the future it is 10 bucks more per tank.

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6 years 2 months ago #34258 by Midknight
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-- I too prefer tanks with substrate, though I only have 16 tanks running. Using a fine grade of gravel gives you the appeal of sand without the drawback of constantly sucking it up with the siphon hose.

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6 years 2 months ago #34256 by mikeg2929
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Cheap heaters that are an off brand are a mistake. They will fail. Better to stick with a quality brand like the Eheim Jager.

Nothing worse than frying a tank of fish on a $15 heater.

Better to use multiple small heaters than one 300 watt heater. If one fails, you probably wont boil the fish.

I kept sand in my tanks when I had 40 tanks going. It colonizes the bacteria and the waste does get dissolved more quickly. You need to be careful sucking it up though.

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