Advice column all about aquariums by J. Hotelling
I've just bought a small tank (2-3 gallons perhaps) which has a
built-in pump. I've noticed that when I switch the pump on the fish
rush over to the corner where the water flows back in and just sit there
facing into the flow of water. I wondered if there might be a problem
with the amount of oxygen in the water. I have a live plant in the tank
which should help but I was really wondering how long I should run the
pump for each day - or if there's really not a problem at all (!).
The tank has not had time to mature yet - it's only a few days old.
I am not sure which model you have. It could be a tank called the Eclipse,
which is a popular small tank. I dont believe you have any problem to
This filter that came with your tank is meant to be run 24/7. The fish
probably like to swim in the current produced by it. Many fish do.
However, fish also tend to get into the current when they are ill, so watch
for any signs of disease. A good book on fish diseases ( click here to find one) would be a
great buy for any beginner.
Enjoy the hobby, and dont worry too much. It sounds like you are doing
just fine. Remember to keep the fish quantities low until your tank is
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