And yes, alongside the sump, i run 2 cannisters. Like Mikev said, more oneway flow is better.
A suggestion: if possible, start your brand new cannisters now on your current tank, then when you start your new tank, change them over, with as much possible "old" water. And, like Mikev said, change the move the old filters over together with the fish.
another suggestion: search youtube for "the king of diy". A lot of usefull tips there.
of course, do everything your own way, while thinking of practical longterm use.
I would, therefore consider mollies as not suitable dithers. Clowns come from Sumatra, and Sumatra has a lot of much more suitable dithers - many Rasboras, and others. So why go around the globe to find a less suitable fish?
If you want to mix up the continents, go for Congo tetras. At least their water preference is similar to clown loaches
I agree. Thank you for the advice on other fish.
I was given all of these fish when I bought the tank. So, I'm setting up specifically a clown loach tank and add some friends for them that will complement them. I will look at the ones you've mentioned as well as others from that region. I really don't want to keep the mollies anymore.
I finally got my tank up and running and it's perfect. I lost a few fish but not my clowns. They hid for a few weeks and only recently all 4 started coming out. I got 6 new young ones and am planning on adding 2 more bigger ones closer to 4-5" long like my current ones.
It was tough going for a few once I added new fish. One fish, a spotted catfish, had some sort of fungus and died so I had to treat the whole tank. I thought another catfish died but I found him hiding in a decoration. I don't ever see him... so I hope he's doing okay. But, all of the other fish, especially the clowns are doing really well. I think they like their ocean of a tank.
My pictures are not that great because they never stay still and I keep the tank fairly dark.
But, I wanted to thank all who helped. I'm absolutely loving the setup.
I have a Agamyxis pectinifron or a Spotted Talking Catfish. He's/She's been hiding out where the clowns snooze during the day. I keep checking on him/her to make sure its still alive and sure enough hiding up top is the catfish. I'm considering putting this one in my 55 gallon with my mollies as I read it like still waters but I'd hate to try and get him. I also have two Pimelodus pictus because I thought the talking one was gone. I see these two all the time.
It's so funny. People always ask, "Why do you have such small fish for a large tank?" and I have to explain that I have these fish for the long term and they will get pretty big over the years. I'm going to add two more larger clowns to help my bigger clowns come out more… though I have noticed they come out during the day when I'm not around. I saw them swimming on a day I had off so that's a good sign.
So far so good on all of the fish. I'm really enjoying the tank.
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