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Old 18-10-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default New Tanga tank filtration advice please

Dear bros, been poisoned by all your postings and have decided to setup a tank for Tanga. Tank should be around 422. Initially was planning on running a sump but decided to invite myself to bro Jo place to get poisoned further and found that his tanks mainly run on sponge or canisters.

Now I am rethinking my options as sump ious should suck up the fries if breeding occurs although it offers better filtration and aeration. Canisters will be quieter, fry friendly.

Any advice please and anything else to look out for before I commission the tank? Thanks in advance!
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Old 19-10-2014, 05:05 AM   #2
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Hi....welcome to the tanganyikan world!

You have found a good example in Johannes, there's no better person to guide & help you along than him as he's most helpful and has many tanks that set a good example for tanganyikans keeping.

IMHO my first choice of filtration for a tanganyikan COMMUNITY tank (3ft & above) would be canister/s, mainly due to the fine sand u have that would get suck up should you use OHF or IOS. However if yr tank is 2ft and below, then a hang-on filter would suffice. And if its breeding or fry tank, sponge filter/s is good enough. Jo has a deep love for HMF filtration though but imo it just take away a portion of yr tank away and make your tank look smaller, that's if you don't mind and ofc if you have spare airpumps around.

Have fun and hope it helps.
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Old 19-10-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
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Sorry... simi si HMF filter?
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Old 19-10-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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Hi....welcome to the tanganyikan world!

You have found a good example in Johannes, there's no better person to guide & help you along than him as he's most helpful and has many tanks that set a good example for tanganyikans keeping.

IMHO my first choice of filtration for a tanganyikan COMMUNITY tank (3ft & above) would be canister/s, mainly due to the fine sand u have that would get suck up should you use OHF or IOS. However if yr tank is 2ft and below, then a hang-on filter would suffice. And if its breeding or fry tank, sponge filter/s is good enough. Jo has a deep love for HMF filtration though but imo it just take away a portion of yr tank away and make your tank look smaller, that's if you don't mind and ofc if you have spare airpumps around.

Have fun and hope it helps.
Thanks for sharing! Was concerned about the fries but didn't know they will kick up sand as well. Will see if canisters can be done!
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Sorry... simi si HMF filter?
Hamburg matten filter... Basically a big sponge filter.
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Old 19-10-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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What abt overhead top filter ?

You get cooler water and you can load it with lots of coral chip.
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Old 19-10-2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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What abt overhead top filter ?

You get cooler water and you can load it with lots of coral chip.
Thanks bro for advice. In the case of a OHF.. where will the pump be placed? Was thinking usually at the ground level or slightly elevated so will still suck in a lot of sand? Cool water and coral chips are definite pluses tho.. but was hoping coral sand in the tank will be enough to bring up the PH.
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I think bro zonkkie wants a nice clean looking setup without the OHF/filter in view

anyway, when im back in sg i gotta visit u and jo's place
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In the case of a OHF.. where will the pump be placed? Was thinking usually at the ground level or slightly elevated so will still suck in a lot of sand?
I am using Eheim compact plus series and Mr. Aqua OHF combo.

This model allows you to fix the pump at high level.


Photo source : http://aquariumonderdelen.nl/compact_plus_2000

All you need is attach a standard elbow to the outlet of the pump to direct the water to the filter box and attach a straight pipe toward the gravel at the inlet of the pump.
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Bro Zonkkie,

If you insist on ious (I may get the acronym wrong), set your rock pile to the other end of the tank. That way it's far from the suction. But I heard sand may get sucked in? Need ious user to verify.
In your case I would rather use a canister, but place the inlet around 20cm above sand level.

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I think bro zonkkie wants a nice clean looking setup without the OHF/filter in view

anyway, when im back in sg i gotta visit u and jo's place
Bro, you into African as well?
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