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  1. Wanted to see how much i could fit so can order enough media ?
  2. I have foam Bubbles on the surface of my 5 gallon fish tank. I just did a gravel vacuum and 50% water change. I used my master test kit before the water change and also three days later. Water Quality is all good so what could be wrong. And yes I used Prime water conditioner. I'm only 8 months into this hobby. I have one Betta fish and one snail in this tank. The tank is six months old. I have other larger tanks that are not having this issue. I also serviced the pumps by wringing out the dirty filter in the aquarium water I vacuumed out. The bubbles appeared three days after tank maintenance. Any Advice?
  3. Hey everyone, I recently purchased a good bit of sponge filter media and put some in my filter intake. I was wondering if it's beneficial to also put some sponge filter media into a HOB filter in addition to filter cartridges I'm using. I don't know if there's such a thing as 'over filtering' but just wanted to check if this is beneficial or if I am wasting my sponge filter media. The sponge filter media just sits on the bottom of the HOB filter and some water passes through it in addition to filter cartridge. I figured it gives more surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow and will help filter the water some more. Is this correct? The pieces of sponge filter media are around 4-5 inches across and currently has some muddy looking stuff on it. I'm guessing it's decaying bio-mass from plants?
  4. I have been playing with using foam as substrate in my three 2.5 gallon tanks. Initially, it was just as structural support. This tank is one of my utility tanks, mostly for plant scraps, but I wanted to run it like all my other tanks, so it has a mini organic soil/sand/gravel section in the center, and I needed the foam to keep the glass straight. I think those are Aquaclear 70 size. Some of the soil has leached past the glass dividers, which have enough of a gap for neo shrimp. I've had plants root in the foam. Each tank has a small Co-Op Sponge filter. In each of my window shrimp tanks, I needed a glass section in there to hold up my Fluval Plant 3.0 Nano, and it created a little sump where I could place filters, etc. Shrimp will come and go past the divider, and they love grazing on the foam, which is like a mulm battery. In these tanks, I think I am using 3 x Aquaclear 30s, with the center one in a different orientation. Not shown in these photos, but in my indoor thread, I have MF10 filters, which are pressed down onto to the foam, and send water across to the other side of each shrimp tank. This turns the whole foam sump into a pre-filter, which may also draw some flow thru the soil of the main section of each tank. I've thought about some other interesting things you could do with foam substrate, like a modular soil tank, where you grow plants in these foam pieces with soil in them, and then you could rearrange them like Lego bricks. Of course the plants wouldn't respect the boundaries of foam blocks. At the very least, these foam blocks are a fun way to play with utility tanks. If anyone else has any experience or ideas, please share. Anyone who runs a sponge filter, or has hot-rodded a hang-on-back, already appreciates foam.
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