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Newbie- 46l fluval edge tank

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Heebiejeebie Wed 03-Oct-12 20:53:40

Hello fish fans. Have bought a tank, heater, filter running for last week with Neutrafin aqua plus and cycle. The filter has been Vibrating for the last day, having been silent until now. is there anything I can do about that? Hoping to buy some fish this weekend and want to make sure I get something suited to a new small tank. All advice welcome. What about feeding If we go away? Do automatic feeders do the job?

Heebiejeebie Wed 03-Oct-12 21:27:16

OK, have just done what I should have done before I posted and read other threads. Will get stuff this weekend for nitrogen cycling (rather than subjecting fish to an unfriendly tank). Am now talking to myself, but hello anyway. And advice about small happy fish still welcome.

EauRouge Wed 03-Oct-12 22:34:39

46 litres is small but you could have a shoal of small fish in there. The problem with fluval edges is that there's no surface area so you have to be careful about oxygen levels. Would you consider dropping the level a bit so that there's a larger surface area? Only by a cm or so that you don't lose too much volume. I know the whole point of the edge tank is that it's filled right up but it's designed to look good rather than to be suitable for fish.

There are a few tropical fish that would be OK in a 46 litre, I would test your water to see what the hardness and pH are- extremes either way will limit your choice a bit but you should be able to find something that will suit.

The vibrating might be the impeller in the filter, if you take it out, clean it and put it back in that might fix it.

Yes, auto feeders are the best option if you go away although I'm not sure which model would fit best in an edge tank. I use the eheim autofeeder, it's pricey but by far the best one I've tried (in fact I tried several others that were totally useless).

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