Originally Posted by Lion Mom
One more thing - I do baffle the filter by rubber banding an AquaClear sponge in front of the water return.
yep. you gotta baffle it. =/ I use a water bottle cut in half and cut pieces of a fluval u series sponge filter insert (the smallest available in the tiny yellow and black box) and putting it in the little intake cage at the bottom of the intake tube, and inside of the filter in front of the biological filter media.
This not only baffles my tank quite effectively, but also adds biological media where good bacteria can grow. I think there needed to be more bio-media in there anyway. =]
All of this would take about 10-15 minutes tops to set up if you already have the water bottle (I used aquafina, the texture of the middle is nice and it's sturdy), and if you bought the fluval sponge while in town.
The fluval sponge can only be found at a pet store though. but if you're gonna go silk or real plant shopping then you can pick it up when you do that. =] That's when I picked mine up actually! XD
for the cleaning just take a large bowl of dechlorinated water when you do your waterchanges and ring them out (while underwater) in there to get the gunk off! =]
Good luck Frogipoi! =]