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Andrew-amano Andrew-amano
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  • Posted on: 7/2/2008 20:01
Re: Internal Juwel Filters - Any Good or Add Another / Rip out #1
ok now get some real plants.


Andrew-amano Andrew-amano
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  • Posted on: 3/2/2008 19:53
Re: Internal Juwel Filters - Any Good or Add Another / Rip out #2
ok maybe we should draw a line here between tanks that have fish in them and planted aquaria. If i had a tank with a few amazon swords in it, tap water and your average pet store fish collection then i suspect you could get away with sponges- and i am sure you will have some bacteria growing on the tiny filaments within the sponge, but its miniscule, look at siporax its impossible for bacteria cultures to be washed through it- far easier to culture and maintain your filter with this stuff.

If your running powerful lights and high levels of fertilisation then you are going to need more than sponges in your filter.

A question was raised as to the general opinion of the juwel filters, i think they are awful and a total con, you think different. We are all entitled to our opinions.

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  • Posted on: 3/2/2008 13:24
Re: Internal Juwel Filters - Any Good or Add Another / Rip out #3
They are totally and utterly bloody useless- its a con a way to get you to buy the bloody useless bits of sponge. Sponge cannot provide biological filtration- its mechanical- hold it up to the light and see how much space it wastes then tell me how when 100 litres of water an hour is running through it where the bacteria is meant to culture. Rip it out buy and eheim classic 2213 turn it down to half power, fill it with pourous stone/ siporax and let it settle for a month, it will be noisy to begin with but it will settle down.
Juwel tanks are only good because they are well fitted to their frames, are quite well made and are cheaper by far when compared to other makes such as rena.

While your at it ditch the useless tubes it came with.

I have a rio 180 the only original piece left is the glass.

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  • Posted on: 3/2/2008 13:09
Re: Hairy Amazon Swords #4
black beard algae- number of options, less light more frequent water changes, less fish, less feeding, use better quality food.
Snails are the only things you can buy that will eat this. If you have clowns your screwed as they love nothing more than a tasty snail.
Phosphate test would help identify a problem, if your using tap water you need to check that too.

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  • Posted on: 19/1/2008 17:10
Re: Lights! #5
start with 6 and build up from there, else you risk problems with algae.
I would stop at 10, even before to be honest, only the most demanding tanks require 10 hours a day and i mean heavily planted tanks.
Books that state 10-12 hours are out of date or written by authors who cannot produce decent planted aquaria.

Just my two penneth.

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  • Posted on: 16/1/2008 22:14
Re: bushy plants #6
there are many forms of dwarf anubia, really you need plants with small leaves to give the impression of a scaled down size. Also consider something low level such a glosso, there is a similar plant with even small leaves common name cuba i forget the latin name. i think hair grass would be too tall but would make for an interesting background.
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  • Posted on: 13/1/2008 23:55
Re: Filter and tank Cleaning #7
it is a filter material that looks like hula hoops, not to be confused with the cheap plastic version- this is pourous, roughly a single hoop is equivalant to a sponge in terms of surface area. The greater the surface area the greater the ability to colonise good bacteria.
Many manufacturers out there have their own version.
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  • Posted on: 13/1/2008 22:55
Re: Good plant lighting #8
cant do pendants- this is the reason why i am looking at the one you have-

can you tell me what the dimensions are in cm, sorry to ask but i cannot find the info anywhere.
Did you change the tubes straight away? You mind me asking how much that cost you as i understand it T5's are far more expensive.

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  • Posted on: 13/1/2008 22:50
Re: Filter and tank Cleaning #9
i cant comment for internals,. or cold waters as i am sure these set ups vary, but i have set my cannister up as a biological filter, i have packed it full of siporax, turned the flow right down, and i have not opened it in over 18 months, and its perfect.

I dont want people telling me that i need to clean it out because i dont. Its not a mechanical filter there is no debris in my tank, no waste organic matter, no waste food, i have shrimp for that. My filter is there to culture bacteria to break down the nasty stuff in water, the weekly water changes take care of the rest. I have found a happy medium between all other factors that go in to running my aquarium.

Basically if you are using sponges then yes you might need to clean these as they are a little ineffective in the job they are given to do. They cannot culture bacteria on a scale of siporax, so are likely to cause harm by retaining waste that is not being broken down.

As for the glass i use filter wool- you can buy it in packs roughly the size of an a4 sheet, look for it in the pond eqipment section, juwel owners should use this and cut it to shape, do it for all levels of the juwel, you are paying a silly premium for a precut sponge/wool. Anything other than wool for cleaning the glass can be too abrasive and scratch- esp acrylic tanks.
For the outside, its already been mentioned - kitchen towel, aquarium water then buff with a dry sheet- spotless. You dont want to use any detergent unlikely that it will get into the water but hey why risk it.


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Andrew-amano Andrew-amano
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  • Posted on: 13/1/2008 22:33
Re: Good plant lighting #10
i use sera- i add a kh boost, a fish mineral, a plant fert, a peat extract to condition water softness, and 1 hour after the change i add a bacteria start, all 10ml capfuls per 5 gallon barrel.
That has done me well so far. Seriously you will not regret going R/O it will take some experimenting but once you get it right you have crystal clear water that looks stunning, honestly it looks like there is no glass there. Not to mention with perfect water you can keep any fish you want.


as for t5- does this mean you have the 100cm version,

i have a rio180 and hope to use it on that, the brackets dont bother me its a visual improvement on what i have right now which is all that matters, and 8watt per tube boost in power. My plants pearl now but i want something neater, and not to mention the bonus of having an open tank.- its also a shame that there is no built in timer. I was actually wondering whether i could eventually fit 2 units on my rio, i have ambitious plans for my tank.

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