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Old 07-29-2015, 03:21 PM
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hello everyone. I just wanted to show you my tank. any input will be great. i'm thinking of getting 6-8 Blue Zaires.
unfortunately, it is not drilled. its a 180. Im thinking of getting the Eheim Pro III 1200 canister filter, and I wanna use 2 medium size aquaclears (HOB) -- only to put chrushed coral in it to keep the PH higher. im going to use 2 x 300w heaters. im most likely going to use an adjustable 4 ' LED strip. im using 150lbs of sand too. any suggestions would be great.


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Old 07-29-2015, 05:08 PM
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Your aquascape looks great for growing out some fry. They will love all the caves. As they start to reach mature sizes in a couple years you'll need to remove some and make larger caves but for now it looks good.

I used to be a fan of the two heater method; however, I have switched to one larger high quality titanium heater on a digital controller. For my 240 gallon tank (Mikula Group Tau) an 800 watt heater. On my 125 gallon tank (Mikula Group Nytazi) I had two smaller 300 watt titanium heaters but I plan to convert them over to one larger, high quality, titanium heater (haven't sized it yet, but it probably be close to 700 watt).

My tanks are not drilled either. I like AquaClear 110's and I also use Hydro Sponges on a commercial air pump. I have an unused FX5 (I just don't like maintaining canisters - just a personal thing).

Sand is good. They will like sifting it.

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Old 07-29-2015, 05:32 PM
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Nice, but As Razzo said, reduce the caves as they get bigger. Also, note that crushed coral does not make pH higher, it just stops it falling below 7.
Add bicarbonate of soda to the water to get the pH up to about 8.2.
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I think it looks good for younger Fronts the older they get the less rock you will want in the tank.

I agree with Russ that one heater works better.

I use a canister filter and sponge filters and have had no problem keeping the tank clean. Just need to keep up on clean the filters.

Sand is my favorite substrate to put in tanks. I love watching them sift through it.
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...Sand is my favorite substrate to put in tanks. I love watching them sift through it.
Me too I have often called Cyphos the largest sand sifter in Lake Tanganyika.
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I'm the opposite on the heater debate. A single big watt heater when (not if, when) it fails, if it fails in the "on" it can nuke the tank. Two 200w heaters with water flowing anywhere near them will heat the tank very effectively, and "when" one fails, it will not nuke the tank.
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I'm the opposite on the heater debate. A single big watt heater when (not if, when) it fails, if it fails in the "on" it can nuke the tank. Two 200w heaters with water flowing anywhere near them will heat the tank very effectively, and "when" one fails, it will not nuke the tank.
I agree completely.
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