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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1669

>Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 00:25:44 +0800
>From: " Anthony Baker" <bakera506 at earthlink_net>
>Subject: Tiny tank and tiny filtration options
>So far haven't got much feedback on my tiny tank question...
>I am wondering if anyone has experience with tiny pumps for
>water movement and CO2 injection in small tanks (<2.5 gal)?  I
>am looking at either getting a little Rio 50 or the smallest
>micro-jet.  Also, couldn't find anything in the archives about
>them... Chuck H. asked about the micro-jets back in Nov., but I
>couldn't find any follow ups.  Any advice is appreciated.

I've kept and will probably have another 2.5G tank setup again soon.  One of 
the best filters that I have used for a tank this size was the Aquaclear 
mini.  I just turned down the flow of the filter and packed the filter with 
floss and two sponges for biological/mechanical filtration.  This will keep 
the flow down some.  I've also toyed with the idea of clipping the impellors 
some to reduce the flow even more for the filter, but I'm not sure how that 
would work.  It might be worth a try though.  Anyways, you can inject a 
small 20 oz. DIY CO2 into the intake and get CO2 for the plants that way.  
I've found the Rio50 is still too much flow for the tank and takes up too 
much room in the tank itself.  Less room for the plants and hard as heck to 
hide the pump in the tank.  The AQ mini works best for this small of a tank 

Just my $0.02 worth.

Bailin Shaw
DFW Aquatic Plant Club

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