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Old 09-15-2012, 12:21 PM   #11
 
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Yeah, I absolutely want two filters in case one goes. My other tanks only have one, but they're all upstairs where it is warm.

I'm just wondering which size heaters I need. 2 x 300, 2 x 400? I don't want to buy more than I need, as this is already costing us a fortune, but I don't want to cheap out, either, and put my fish at risk.
I would go with 2x300w for your setup, I saw the picture of the tank your talking about and it looks like a Big Als store if your based in Ontario, if so I got the same tank last month :D I picked up some Jager Trutemp heaters, theres only like a $3 difference from 200w to 300w. I believe the 300w are around $34 or so. If you order from Big Als online, anything over $75 gets free shipping
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:39 PM   #12
 
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Oops, I put filters earlier when I meant heaters. Well, I also want 2 filters as well. I was planning on going with an aquaclear 110 HOB and an Eheim 2217 Canister.

V it is a Big Al's. Which do you go to? I go to Ottawa West.

What filters do you run on your new aquarium? What sort of fish are you keeping in it? What did you choose for substrate and do you keep live plants. Any pics?

Sorry for all the questions, but as someone who just set up a similar tank you are in a unique position to provide insight. Thanks!

Edit: Wow, I just looked up those Jager heaters and the 300 watt is rated for a 150+ gallon tank, as opposed to the Marineland 300 Watt which is rated for under 100 gallons. Not much difference in price either. Thanks for the tip.

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Old 09-15-2012, 01:22 PM   #13
 
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Oops, I put filters earlier when I meant heaters. Well, I also want 2 filters as well. I was planning on going with an aquaclear 110 HOB and an Eheim 2217 Canister.

V it is a Big Al's. Which do you go to? I go to Ottawa West.

What filters do you run on your new aquarium? What sort of fish are you keeping in it? What did you choose for substrate and do you keep live plants. Any pics?

Sorry for all the questions, but as someone who just set up a similar tank you are in a unique position to provide insight. Thanks!

Edit: Wow, I just looked up those Jager heaters and the 300 watt is rated for a 150+ gallon tank, as opposed to the Marineland 300 Watt which is rated for under 100 gallons. Not much difference in price either. Thanks for the tip.
I agree with most of what has been suggested; two heaters, and in this case 300w. I have a Jager, the last heater i bought, and it seems to be well made (though nothing less than one would expect from Eheim).

I wouldn't have two filters, this is rarely necessary and one rated to the tank will be sufficient. And an Eheim canister rated for a 125g will more than do the job. But no mention is made of fish, so the type may be determined by that.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:25 PM   #14
 
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Byron, I am not sure exactly what I will be stocking, but this is what I have looked at so far. I am actually looking for some suggestions on that. It's in this thread:

Stocking new 125 gallon tank
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:34 PM   #15
 
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Byron, I am not sure exactly what I will be stocking, but this is what I have looked at so far. I am actually looking for some suggestions on that. It's in this thread:

Stocking new 125 gallon tank
None of the fish mentinoed in the post #1 in that thread require fast currents, so the Eheim is fine. The nice thing is that you can use the spray bar for moderate flow, or remove it and just use the spigot for a stronger flow should that be needed.

[There are some issues with the mix of fish, I didn't read the entire thread, so just mentioning. I may get to that thread later.]
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:39 PM   #16
 
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Thanks Byron. I was just going by aqadvisor which said I needed much more filtration than a single eheim would provide. I also thought it'd be good to have a backup if one ever died, and I thought the HOB might help oxygenate the water by breaking the water surface. However, if I don't need it, that saves me $100 CAD, and at this point every bit helps.

If you could have a look at my stocking list later, if you have time, I'd appreciate it. Your previous advice helped me avoid problems in stocking my current aquariums, and influenced my choice of fish on more than one occasion.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:10 PM   #17
 
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Oops, I put filters earlier when I meant heaters. Well, I also want 2 filters as well. I was planning on going with an aquaclear 110 HOB and an Eheim 2217 Canister.

V it is a Big Al's. Which do you go to? I go to Ottawa West.

What filters do you run on your new aquarium? What sort of fish are you keeping in it? What did you choose for substrate and do you keep live plants. Any pics?

Sorry for all the questions, but as someone who just set up a similar tank you are in a unique position to provide insight. Thanks!

Edit: Wow, I just looked up those Jager heaters and the 300 watt is rated for a 150+ gallon tank, as opposed to the Marineland 300 Watt which is rated for under 100 gallons. Not much difference in price either. Thanks for the tip.
The closest Big Als to me is in Barrie, just under two hours away. I make sure the trip is worth it since it costs me $40 in gas to drive there and back but their prices are pretty good. My 125 tank was $200 cheaper there then my LFS wanted to try to sell me so... ya...

I am running two AquaClear 110 OTB filters, I might trade it out down the road for a canister but I've put enough money into this tank I'm not going to change it right now. I would like to add some live plants but with the t8 lights and low wattage, I dont have many options for a tank this size. Down the road I'll prob swap out my lights for LED or a t5 system. I will be using sand as my substrate, and my stocking list can be found here:
125 gallon Tetra stocking help

I was hoping others would chime in with ideas, but still waiting. I will be building the stand tomorrow but for now I have the filters cycling in my 70 gallon catfish tank I'm also setting up
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:25 PM   #18
 
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I like Aquaclear filters, I use them on my other tanks. I'm used to them and comfortable with them, so I originally wanted to use two 110 HOBs, I have a friend who has that on his 150 gallon tank and he doesn't seem to have any problems But everyone is strongly suggesting I go with a canister filter so I think I'm just gonna have to buckle down and try something new.

My wife likes the look of sand, but I've heard it can be harder to keep clean than the gravel. Don't know if that's true or not, but again, I am resistant to change and all my other tanks have gravel.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:56 PM   #19
 
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My wife likes the look of sand, but I've heard it can be harder to keep clean than the gravel. Don't know if that's true or not, but again, I am resistant to change and all my other tanks have gravel.
Not true - I found that sand is much eaiser/better than gravel. I don't clean as I believe the mulm feeds bacteria important to the system. The beauty of sand is that everything remains on the surface. If you wish to remove, just hover the gravel siphon just above the surface.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:59 PM   #20
 
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I like Aquaclear filters, I use them on my other tanks. I'm used to them and comfortable with them, so I originally wanted to use two 110 HOBs, I have a friend who has that on his 150 gallon tank and he doesn't seem to have any problems But everyone is strongly suggesting I go with a canister filter so I think I'm just gonna have to buckle down and try something new.

My wife likes the look of sand, but I've heard it can be harder to keep clean than the gravel. Don't know if that's true or not, but again, I am resistant to change and all my other tanks have gravel.
Once you learn how, its easier to clean then gravel since all the leftover food/waste just sits on top the sand and you can filter it out instead of digging around the gravel. Plus with Corys and Kuhli loaches I need sand in my tank. The only pain is washing the sand since I'm in an apartment not a house with a hose/backyard
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