Re: NANFA-- Plate and foam type?

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 17 May 2000 11:02:38 -0700

I use foam filters in all my 2.5s for keeping pygmy sunfish and non-native
killifish. I also use them in killi and pygmy tanks sizes 5, 10, 15, 17, and
20. There are 4 sizes of jungle type filters now, the little round ones,
the triangle ones, larger square ones, and the big clover shaped ones. I
also use the tetra luft type ones, but prefer the simplicity of the jungle
types. In the 2.5s you couldn't filter with any other type of filter as
well. I disagree also that under gravel filters are bad for plants. I use
them in some larger tanks, so I can run power heads ( which I had laying
around when these tanks were set up, so I said , what the heck). I have good
stands of eel grass ( valsenaria) and other plants in these tanks. I
haven't lost sunfish fry to the filter plate, although the males usually
build there nest off the side ( the plate doesn't take up the entire
aquarium) or in an area the furthest from the power head, leading me to
think they detect dangerous currents near the gravel. Much like similar
currents in the wild that may mean a spring, sink hole, or area that if it
rained heavy everything would wash away, just my guess and my own personal
observations. I here too many people not like them to think they are just
biased to other filtration systems, all I am saying is they work fine for

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