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Old 05-12-2012, 06:48 AM   #31
 
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I wasn't able to find what kind of bulbs that uses. If I had to guess, two 48" T8. Bulbs don't come in a 72" length, at least that I've seen.

If it is two 48", then you'll be set for light, just put some 6500K daylight tubes in that you can get at hardware stores for less than $10 for a two pack.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:17 AM   #32
 
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It's probably 2 x 36" bulbs. I'm probably going to go with the Java Fern and Anubias plants, as they seem easy enough to care for and the fish won't eat them. They need low light so if the bulbs that come with the tank aren't too bright, that will be perfect.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #33
 
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Filter Question

Everyone seems pretty unanimous that a canister filter is the way to go. I was just looking at the technical specs of a couple of them (the prices listed are local prices in Canadian dollars):

Eheim Pro 3 2075 $299.99 FLOW RATE: 330 GPH
Eheim Classic 2217 $199.99 FLOW RATE: 264 GPH
Aquaclear 110 $89.99 FLOW RATE: 500 GPH

I guess my question is, how important is Flow Rate? I could have 2 aquaclear 110s for under $200 with a combined flow rate of 1000 GPH. Would that not do a better job cleaning the tank than a canister filter with 330 or 264 GPH flow rate?
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:00 PM   #34
 
As far as I can tell the Aquaclear 110 is not a canister filter, and it does 415 litres or 100g not 500g.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #35
 
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Yeah, the aquaclear is a HOB filter. Sorry, I wasn't clear. Also, it is rated for a 110 gallon tank, but its flow rate is 500 gallons per hour. Two of these would seem to have far superior flow rate than a single canister filter.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:38 PM   #36
 
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Wen are also going for a 125 gallon within the next 2 months I have been doing a lot of research on an aquarium this size so this thread is very interesting to me I have been looking at the Rena XP3 filter my self does anyone have feed back on this filter? and want to have 2 smaller heaters also I have looked at the same tank at Big Als in Whitby
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #37
 
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Wen are also going for a 125 gallon within the next 2 months I have been doing a lot of research on an aquarium this size so this thread is very interesting to me I have been looking at the Rena XP3 filter my self does anyone have feed back on this filter? and want to have 2 smaller heaters also I have looked at the same tank at Big Als in Whitby
Nice! I hope to have mine home and set up with the filters and heaters within the next two months as well. Thankfully Big Al's does layaway. I'm sure I'll have the tank and stand home before then, but filters and heaters, substrate, etc also add up.

What type of fish do you plan on keeping in it?
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:55 PM   #38
 
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Either community fish like rainbows and move my fish in there my pleco is very large I also have queen loaches and I love Bolivian Rams. Plus I would like to have a planted tank also

If I feel I am ready I would really like and African Cichlid tank that was our dream tank my husband is wanting to build his own 3d wall for it so it will have to cycle for a very long time to make sure it doesnt change the ph level and such so we have time to figure what will go in
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #39
 
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Should have bought the 125 used. I see them for $100 all the time.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #40
 
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Everyone seems pretty unanimous that a canister filter is the way to go. I was just looking at the technical specs of a couple of them (the prices listed are local prices in Canadian dollars):

Eheim Pro 3 2075 $299.99 FLOW RATE: 330 GPH
Eheim Classic 2217 $199.99 FLOW RATE: 264 GPH
Aquaclear 110 $89.99 FLOW RATE: 500 GPH

I guess my question is, how important is Flow Rate? I could have 2 aquaclear 110s for under $200 with a combined flow rate of 1000 GPH. Would that not do a better job cleaning the tank than a canister filter with 330 or 264 GPH flow rate?
Buy these used locally or online and you will save a ton.
Bought an AC110 online for $50 US a couple months ago with free shipping.
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