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Re: [APD] Help

I'll second that and add that you will probably want to be more concerned about how often the filter media will load up and how often you need to rinse or change the media. And that's just a matter of your personal preference for how often you want to do that kind of maintenance. To make things easier, you might consider putting a coarse sponge/sock on the filter inlet to collect much of the detritus, since these are easily removed, rinsed and replaced and 
will lengthen the time between canister changes.

Have plants, have fun,
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----- Original Message ----
From: Jerry Baker <jerry at bakerweb_biz>
To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 6:05:00 PM
Subject: Re: [APD] Help

mile hi wrote:
> I am going to set up a 96x30x30 acrylic aquarium. It will be kind of heavily planted and will have of course Discus fish in it.I am going to use 4x72inch 96 watt bright lites from AH SUPPLY. Is this a good choice.I am going to use for canister filters the Ocean Clear 375 and 380 filters. Is this over kill. My water pump I want to use is a Blue Line HD 100 pumping out 1900 gallons an hour. Is this over kill. I have been told that two Fluvals the new FX-5 models would be enough but the two would only pump out 800gph. So what ever info you can give me would be helpfull. My e-mail addy is mile_hi2000 at yahoo_com. between mile and hi is a underscore. Mile underscore hi2000 at yahoo_com

You don't need that much flow in a planted tank. All you really need is 
enough to move the water around a little bit to mix up the oxygen from 
the plants and the nutrients in the water. It sounds like you are coming 
from a saltwater tank, or talking to someone who does. Those tanks need 
lots of flow, but planted tanks do not. Your entire tank could do well 
on 1000 GPH total or so.

"He who throws dirt is sure to lose ground."

Jerry Baker
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