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Finnex PX-360 Review – All in One Compact Canister Filter


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So…. with the 10 gallon Walstad planted tank I’ve broken down and invested a meager $40 in the Finnex PX-360 compact canister filter. I had researched it and all seemed to say that this was as good a cheap filter as is available. First off, I should walk through why I decided to get a real filter for a Walstad tank. Well, when I first setup the planted tank I had read that you could run it without a filter. I felt uncomfortable just going completely natural and made a pvc pipe sponge filter with seed media from our other tank. Planted, checked ammonia – observed a short cycle and then added fish. Well, as I added fish there was a minicycle – so in went more plants and then things had stabilized, we had baby fish in the other tank and their mother was moved into the Walstad. At that point we started running trace ammonia frequently. So, I made a second pvc sponge filter to put in. Over the stretch of time from the beginning of the tank up until now the ph level had gradually changed from around 6.0 (lowest readable with the test kit) up to the now 7.0 or 7.2.

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April 2, 2011 - 9:47 PM No Comments

Canister Filter for a 10 Gallon Tank


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So, I now have this 10 gallon Walstad Natural planted tank. I have a homemade sponge filter powered by an air pump. Technically planted tanks shouldn’t need much in the way of a filter although I’m starting to think about a canister filter just in case. It would give water movement and probably be quieter than the air bubble that is pushing the sponge filter.

So, I’ve been looking at the low end canisters. There is the PX-360: Finnex All-in-one Compact Canister Filter over at amazon.com for about $40. It comes with a hanger to hang it on the outside of the tank. It also seems fairly well rated. Another low end canister is the well rated Zoo Med 501 Turtle Canister Filter for about $35, but it doesn’t come with the hanger – that is separate: Zoo Med 501 Canister Filter Hanger for about $8.

I haven’t ordered anything yet, I’m leaning towards the PX-360 if I were to get one.

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February 13, 2011 - 10:15 PM No Comments

New 10 Gallon Walstad Natural Planted Tank setup


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So, with the recent batch of fry it’s pushed us over the edge towards getting a new tank. I had already decided that the next setup I did would be a natural planted tank. Plastic plants just aren’t my style and the high tech approach to fertilizers and estimating which nutrients to add, co2 generators/etc.etc…. is too high maintenance for my taste. So here’s what I put together today. 10 gallon Top Fin tank and hood from petsmart. Tetra whisper 20 air pump. An old sponge filter I had laying around (not necessary, but I’m using it to help settle the cloudiness in the water. I had a huge bag of garden pro potting soil which I filtered out to use as the soil and laid down about an inch. On the edges I used the black gravel that they had at petsmart (probably topfin brand. A 100 watt topfin aquarium heater. Marineland plant/daylight bulb (10 watt)/ air check valve and an old thermometer from our other tank. We had some tubing. I also picked up an amazon sword plant, anubias, and wisteria to try out. We already had a boatload of anacharis, some java fern and lots of java moss.

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January 9, 2011 - 9:05 PM No Comments