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Old 01-20-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
 
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Hi everyone!!!

Hey there, am i in the right place?

Just joined this forum coming from running a sw aquarium. I've recently moved
into my new home and lost allot of livestock in the process.

I have a 3ft tank extra tall and a sump which i'll be running under a counter.
The plan is to have it look-able both ways on an open plan counter. Total water volume
of about 200l.

I have run freshwater aquarium's before but not with much enthusiasm. So basically
i'm here asking for the best advice on starting up and doing it right first time!

I'm open to advice on fish to keep, but generally want a mixed community.

Any advice or links to posts would be appreciated!
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
 
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- ANYONE HOME?
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:49 PM   #3
 
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Hello & Welcome to the forum.
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am i in the right place?
That would depend what you'd like help with
For FW set up you're in the right spot; if you need support about the lost livestock of the SW set up I'd ask in this sub forum http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/saltwater-aquariums/

You say you want to try set up a freshwater again....What do you have in mind? Tank size? Possible stock? Live plants? Sand or Gravel?
What went wrong when you say freshwater 'didn't work' for you before?
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:12 PM   #4
 
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Hello Silverthorne, and welcome to the forum.

As Angel mentioned, it would help us to provide some suggestions if we knew a bit about what you're planning and your past troubles. Several will chip in once we know this.

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Old 01-20-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
 
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Hello and welcome to the forum!
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:15 PM   #6
 
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Hello & Welcome to the forum.


That would depend what you'd like help with
For FW set up you're in the right spot; if you need support about the lost livestock of the SW set up I'd ask in this sub forum http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/saltwater-aquariums/

You say you want to try set up a freshwater again....What do you have in mind? Tank size? Possible stock? Live plants? Sand or Gravel?
What went wrong when you say freshwater 'didn't work' for you before?

HI ANGEL

MY AVATAR SHOWS THE MARINE TANK I HAD RUNNING I'M NO LONGER KEEN ON.

I HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

1X DISPLAY TANK - 3FT EXTRA TALL
1X 2FT SUMP
1X CUSTOM LIGHTING FIXTURE - IN PROGRESS
1X 1500 L/H RETURN PUMP
1X 300W HEATER
1X 1200 L/H POWER HEAD. AND A FEW OTHERS

FILTER MEDIA:

1X SUMP CHAMBER WITH FILTER MATTING AND BIO BALLS.
1X SUMP CHAMBER FOR DSB AND PLANTS FOR NIGHT TIME REVERSE SWING.
1X SUMP CHAMBER AS REFUGIUM
1X SUMP CHAMBER FOR RETURN PUMP AND CARBON, ZEOLITE ETC.

LIGHTING:

3X 24 WATT 10 000K TUBES
1X COOLING FAN
1X LED 12V NIGHT LIGHT (BLUE)
1X 6000K LIGHT FOR SUMP AT NIGHT.

I INTEND ON HAVING A MIXED COMMUNITY OF TETRA'S GOURAMI'S, ANGELS ETC. AS MENTIONED MY SYSTEM WILL BE 200L AND DT WILL BE ABOUT 140L. I'M THINKING OF USING PLAYSAND AS SUBSTRATE AND DEFINATELY WANT A PLANTED AQUARIUM THAT REQUIRES NO CO2 OR EXPENSIVE LIGHTING.

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Old 01-21-2010, 12:42 PM   #7
 
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Sounds like a well set up saltwater system
3ft tall tank...what is that soemthing like 30-35g (114-133 liters)?
I'd find the sump pumps overkill for a normal planted tank set up you're going for; a normal canister would be sufficient enough. So it may be an option for you to consider seeling the 'salt' equipment and use the cash for the freshwater set up.
Also the powerhead I'd not recommend using in a Planted FW set up; not only because of the plants, but the fish you're listing that you're interested in are naturally found in calm forest streams, they'd def not appreciate the extra power.
The light was necessary for your salt set up, but is a clear overkill for planted tank, with this set up it may well be that you'll literally burn up your plants, and again the fish list you have there is used to very dim light so also there that's not natural. Assuming you have normal florescent tube fixtures, here's 2 things I'd do when exchanging the bulbs, get normal full spectrum bulbs rated around 5-6500 Kelvin (like the light you have over your sump for at night)and whatever your actual tank size is make that about 1 watt per gallon; example on my 55g's I have 2x30 watt full spectrum for fish and plants, works wonderful.

Ok then t he fish: What are your water parameters? Like pH and KH; some of these fish you have listed there will only thrive in soft - acidic waters, so make sure that is what you have before running into the issue of stocking your tank with "Softies" when you have hard water.

I've used playsand in various set ups, works great. Co2 is def not needed; if you have a proper stock of fish in the tanks that'll be all the Co2 you need right there. Also what works well and you may like its looks better nce you comapre at the store: Pool sand. its not quite as fine as playsand and looks more natural and less 'white' - Just have a look at the store; just a thought.

The lights can be easily purchased at any homestore like lowes or homedepot; I have used these lights in years now and they work wonderful (provided you buy the specs mentioned above) you can find these bulbs by Phillips, GE, Bright Effects for example a 2-pack 4ft'ers for my 55g's cost me about $5 at Lowes.

You can gladly check out my tanks on the left here under my screen name click on the tap "Aquarium" and you'll find all my tanks there - All of these are set up w/out Co2, no ferts and the "homestore" lights and I think once you see my plants, its speaks for itself
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:42 PM   #8
 
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Upsy that grew to be a long post....sorry for that...I just wanna give you all info on hand I could think of right now
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:52 PM   #9
 
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Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Some very knowledgable people here (I'm not one of them) who can definitely help you.

When I move and I'm getting a haircut from a new barber or stylist, I find it really useful to have a picture to show them and give them a general idea what I like. Have you seen pictures of members aquaria or others floating around on the web that fire your enthusiasm? If you find some general theme you like, I'm sure the members here can help you put together something very nice in that size tank.

Would also be helpful also to know the chemistry of the water from your tap.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:33 PM   #10
 
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Just following along the lines set out by Angel, have a look at my 4 "sticky" articles at the top of this section on setting up a low-tech planted aquarium. I thik you'll find some useful tips there to keep it less expensive, and some of your issues will be covered. I can go into detail on any resulting questions.

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