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Old 04-21-2010, 06:01 PM   #11
 
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I run 2 Penguin 350's on each of my 55's and they do the job nicely. My cichlid tank has java ferns and anubias on DW and they're doing great. One Emperor 400 may be fine but goldfish are messy fish so you may want to think about possibly another HOB for the other side. I also have sand substrate. One 50 lb bag of play sand was plenty. You don't really lose much during rinsing if you're careful not to dump it out with the water. Have fun with your new tank.

Oh, one last thought on HOB's with sand. Make sure the intake tube is up a bit higher so sand doesn't get sucked into the filter.

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Old 04-21-2010, 09:33 PM   #12
 
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I run 2 Penguin 350's on each of my 55's and they do the job nicely. My cichlid tank has java ferns and anubias on DW and they're doing great. One Emperor 400 may be fine but goldfish are messy fish so you may want to think about possibly another HOB for the other side. I also have sand substrate. One 50 lb bag of play sand was plenty. You don't really lose much during rinsing if you're careful not to dump it out with the water. Have fun with your new tank.

Oh, one last thought on HOB's with sand. Make sure the intake tube is up a bit higher so sand doesn't get sucked into the filter.

Well all the filters are on sale right now, so I'll look into maybe two 350's instead of one 400 since it seems like that might be a bit more suitable to it, and that sounds good on the sand, so maybe the one bag I have now will be enough, and if not I should only need one.


Now my big debate is whether I want to get it cycled as quickly as possible and move them into it, or take the time and go through to really make a nice looking aquarium aquascape.

I know I'd much rather take the time to do the longer aquascaping process, but I'm worried if the extra month or so willl be too hard on them in the 10 gallon.

Either way there willl hopefully be enough time in the purchasing and cycling duration to have it aquascaped nicely how I want it.


The first step starts tomorrow, went out today and got a bunch of different scrubbers and sponges and such so i would have all clean not-chemically touched things to clean the tank with.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:49 PM   #13
 
Finished cleaning the tank inside and out, did everything with only brand new sponges, a scouring pad(not metal), and paper towels and such.

confident I got it 99.5% cleared out or any bits of sand or salt from the pervious owner, I'm hoping that the maybe spread out few grains of salt won't matter in a month when it's ready for occupancy.

Filled the tank up most of the way, so I can be sure it has no leaks and the stand isn't going to break.
Plan on adding my dechlorinator to it tonight, and then when I have time I'll be cleaning my sand and putting that in there.

Still don't have a filter, so not going to start cycling it quite yet, but I just wanted to double check with someone about what I grabbed to cycle it.

Happened upon some bottle of "LA AWESOME" or something like that ammonia.
Only ingredient listed is ammonium oxide.

There's also an 800 number I am going to call to confirm with them that it's pure ammonia and has no additives just to be sure.

I still plan on doing a fishless cycle, and I prefer using pure ammonia to shrimp and food, so i just wanted to check that this ammonia (ammonium oxide) would definitely be what is meant by pure ammonia for fishless cycling(if it is in fact 100% ammonium oxide)
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:51 PM   #14
 
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What kiind of filter is on the 10 gallon and is it fully cycled? You could just move the filter over along with the fish and get a real jump start on your cycle in the 55. Run it along with your Emperor 400. Just watch the water parameters for the next week or two. I did this when I upgraded from a 20 gallon to a 55 and I didn't see any ammonia or nitrite spike. I also added a couple handfuls of gravel from the 20 gallon to a stocking and hung it in the tank near the filter intake. I waited about 3 weeks before adding any new fish.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:13 PM   #15
 
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What kiind of filter is on the 10 gallon and is it fully cycled? You could just move the filter over along with the fish and get a real jump start on your cycle in the 55. Run it along with your Emperor 400. Just watch the water parameters for the next week or two. I did this when I upgraded from a 20 gallon to a 55 and I didn't see any ammonia or nitrite spike. I also added a couple handfuls of gravel from the 20 gallon to a stocking and hung it in the tank near the filter intake. I waited about 3 weeks before adding any new fish.
Aqueon 10 HOB, and unfortunately in the month it's been set up I've gotten 0 nitrites or nitrates, I do about a 50% pwc every other day, and somehow have crystal clear water with low ammonia and no sign of cycling, so I just plan on doing a full fishless cycle to know everything is being done the right way.


Did some digging around, and am considering building a sump system, have a post in the DIY section, but the filter is still an undecided step right now.

I don't have a day off until monday, so that will be when I decide if I'm building or buying.
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