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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #971 of 1118 Old 12-22-2012, 02:54 PM
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Buy yourself one of these.....

Eheim Compact Pump 1000

Mine will also refill the tank firm floor to approx 150cm high and into the tank through a 4 m tube - as when emptying 4 m length will pump it JUST straight into my garden. I went from an hour to 15 mins
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post #972 of 1118 Old 12-22-2012, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
Nice. That's a lot faster. I can actually empty it faster than I can fill it. I replace about 70 gallons at a time. I'm particularly worried about when I have the lid open so I can run the vac along the gravel. Jodie will just have to stand guard, ready to toss them back in.

Just went downstairs and a Congo Tetra was swimming around with a leaf stem hanging out of his mouth like a punk in a bad movie. He did it so long Jodie had time to go get the camera.

Hilarious.

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At least he's not smoking... yet.
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post #974 of 1118 Old 12-22-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
He totally reminds me of someone with an oral fixation from trying to quit smoking. Anything to replace that cigarette.

He learned it from watching Jodie. I quit almost two years ago.


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Haha. Patrolling the centre of the tank..... "This. This is MY leaf!"

As for the pump., 3 buckets, one being pumped into tank, one filling from tap, one dechlorinating, on a constant rotation. Works damn efficiently for me! And it has a variable flow so can go as fast or slow as you like.
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post #977 of 1118 Old 12-22-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
Dear Lord it would take me all day with buckets. I drain straight to the sink, and fill straight from the tap, just add the dechlorinator to the tank. I do that with all my tanks. I used to use buckets. What a hassle.I do water changes on seven tanks, mostly weekly. That's a lot of buckets. I gave up on buckets when I got the 220.


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And never went back!! Bet if we took your water change hose away from you you'd cry!
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post #979 of 1118 Old 12-23-2012, 02:23 AM
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Haha, I'm 'lucky' I have nothing so big then....

It's easy as pie with that for my 55 and 10 G's but I think I'd have to join you on straight from the tap if I had a 220 And a total of 7 tanks. God that must suck for you!

(Walks off mumbling under his breath..."moaning about his 7 tanks and his changes the lucky b@#$&#@!. The cheek of it")
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Haha, I'm 'lucky' I have nothing so big then....

It's easy as pie with that for my 55 and 10 G's but I think I'd have to join you on straight from the tap if I had a 220 And a total of 7 tanks. God that must suck for you!

(Walks off mumbling under his breath..."moaning about his 7 tanks and his changes the lucky b@#$&#@!. The cheek of it")
LOL. I used 4 buckets and did weekly changes on 2 x 55s, a 35, and a 20. I got the 50 ft hose when I got the 220. Prob is, I recently added 3 ropefish, and after sealing all the holes in my lid, one escaped before he even made it in the tank.


I react accordingly.

I haven't changed the water in this tank since, as there is always one swimming near the top of the aquarium.

Edit: ALL the algae in this video, on the rocks and glass, was completely gone 2 days after adding the CAEs and big bristlenose.



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