Thread: Too much flow?
10-19-2011, 10:10 PM #1
Too much flow?
So I have this beautiful 20G long with an AquaClear 50 filter on it with the flow at minimum. I also have a very small additional filter on the other side because I discovered a dead spot there.
I also have a bunch of beautiful fish that I rarely see. The only time my tank looks alive is when my filter is off. Otherwise, all my fish stay near the bottom of the tank or behind driftwood/between plants. They come out for feeding time, but thats about it.
When the filter is off, like right after a WC, they all come out and play near the surface and swim across the tank and generally have a great time.
No one seems to have any trouble when the filter is running. They just seem happier when the water is still.
I want my fish to be comfortable, but I don't want to sacrifice filtration.
I am thinking about adding more tall plants to see if that helps. I would like some anyway, for aesthetic purposes.
But other than that, any tips or suggestions? Or am I making a big deal out of nothing?
10-19-2011, 10:12 PM #2
What kinds of fish do you have in the stock?8 tanks running now:
1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.
10-19-2011, 10:42 PM #3
8 Neon Tetras, 6 Flame Tetras, 3 Bronze Corys, 1 Oto Cat, and 1 Platy.
10-20-2011, 01:30 AM #4
I wouldn't say you have too much flow. All those fish will appreciate the flow. Even though Neons typically are found in areas of low flow in the Amazon, they adapt well to higher flow rates in aquariums.