What type of filtration should I use?
Filters come in a dizzying array of choices.
I strongly believe there is no "right" filter. However, if you
are trying to breed frontosa it is probably best to keep away from undergravel
filters. Since the gravel of the spawning site is removed from the male,
his milt can be easily sucked away by the undergravel filter.
When choosing a filter pick one in your budget, is adequate for your bioload,
and one that you will maintain. One key to keeping your tank clean is
by cleaning the dirtiest part of the aquarium, the filter.
Should I use carbon?
The debate over carbon has been
around for years but there has been no proof that I have seen, that it
is detrimental to fish health.
Usually the only argument is that it robs the water of electrolytes. However
fish receive electrolytes from their food, just as we do.
Carbon removes very small particulates and organics from the
water. It also reduces any smells that may emanate from the aquarium.
Carbon must be replaced on a regular basis. There are different
types of carbon but the best one for aquariums are made from bitmous
coal not coconut shell or other materials. Also, steer away from
medical grade carbon. It cannot trap larger particulates like
bitmous coal carbon for aquariums.