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Old 10-20-2015, 11:19 AM
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Hey all,

Just wanted to update you guys on my progress. I am currently setting up my 125 gallon dual overflow marineland tank with matching black stand.
I have a 4 foot dual T5 light that I'll be using with some darker blue bulbs.

I am running a sump and just got it all hooked up and running last night. I 've got a 900 gph pump on there. with the head its probably turning the tank over 5 times an hour. How much flow are you guys keeping for your fronts. I know they do not need as much as Salt water, but I have a couple Vortech MP10's I can pop on for extra flow. This will also help keep the detritus of the sand bed.
I need to set up my media, just doing large sponge, bio balls, filter floss and carbon. I was thinking of growing out some plants in the sump for nitrate export. Also was thinking of growing out some shrimp, that would end up getting sucked in to the return and helf fresh feed the fish! Thoughts? Anyone here do that? I get my white cichlid sand Friday as well.

And i have ATM colony to help cycle my tank quicker.

I have not yet decided what I'm doing for rock work, but I'm going with the less is more look. I'm on the hunt for some REALLY LARGE soft circular greyish stones. possible a couple hints of drift wood.

For livestock I'm keeping it simple. I'm purchasing WC Kasangas (tanzanians) at about 4-5 inches M?F ratio of 3/8.

I will pick out a trio to sell and then be left with 2/6 ratio of adults.
vendor has informed me they are already attempting to breed! ha ha. so hopefully. this will be a fun project for me.


So that's what my plan is...
what do you guys think?
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:51 PM
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Sounds like a good plan so far, looking forward to seeing it when it's stocked and running.
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I'll get some pictures up once there is something to look at, lol
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It sounds like it is going to be a great tank when it is done! I can't wait to see pictures of it when it is done!!
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Thanks guys. Might be slow going. It's winter soon, I'm not sure where in going to find my rocks.
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For my 125 with the same configuration as yours, I use 2 pumps for redundancy. Using 2 Eheim Compact 2000 which is rated at 528gph; with headloss, I figured I have a total of around 650 gph. I also have a sponge filter in there in case I need it for a hospital tank or when I strip a female with free swimming frys.

BTW, since I took out the FX6 (too much flow, difficult to clean) and replaced this with a with the sump, my Fronts start to have successful spawns. Lesson learned --- too much flow/current can be a problem if you wish to breed.

Good luck !!!!
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Thanks guys. Might be slow going. It's winter soon, I'm not sure where in going to find my rocks.
Try a landscape supply yard. You can usually get some pretty cool rocks for pennies per pound.
Also, as far as flow, maybe put your extra pumps on a timer and have them come on 2-3 times a day for maybe 15-20 minutes. I'd probably leave the currents in the tank slower most of the time but this way your extra pumps can still circulate the water and push the debris towards your filter intakes a few times a day. jmo
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those are some great ideas guys! MP10s create quite the flow and i wouldn't want it constant for sure. Your right, I could set them to come one a couple times a day to sweep up the detritus.
I think I;d be running close to 600 GPH now WITH headloss.

I like the idea of the HOB fo hospital purposes. I'll throw a small one on the sump I could run carbon or something in there too.

love these ideas guys,
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