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post #1 of 84 Old 02-22-2012, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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New to Large FreshWater Tanks and Fish, advice and suggestions

Hey everyone! New to the forum, and from what I have heard from friends and others that this place is the place to be, so here I am.

I have alway had freshwater aquariums throughout my life, but never anything as big as a 125gal tank. I had the oppurnity to buy this tank and stand for only $200, it was a steal so I had to take it.

The thing is, is that I have never had anything this big. Not sure where to start, and I have always wanted to have the larger cichlids, cats and inverts (such as lobsters, ect.).

Where should I start, what should I get, and what advice do you all have to give me? Open for any ideas, and suggestions. I really want to get this going very soon, at least with in the next couple of months. Also, not trying to spend tons of money (one of the reasons I went away from the idea of having a saltwater aquarium).

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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post #2 of 84 Old 02-22-2012, 07:19 PM
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Nice score!! I think the best way to start is to test your ph out of the tap water. That will give you a guideline on which fish will do best with what you have.

Also - what type of filtration will you have?

And welcome to the forum

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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The whole larger filtration systems and skimmers, kind of throws me for a loop. So any tips and suggestions on what I will need to get this thing going. Appreciate it guys.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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post #4 of 84 Old 02-22-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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I guess thats kind of what I'm here for, plus I'm all about getting the right information before I tackle any hobby or project. What filters, lights, ect. will I need? Currently, I have just the tank and the stand. I need everything else that you all will hopefully suggest to me. And thanks for the props, got really lucky with a friend of mine being able to work with me on the tank.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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Anyone have anything for me?
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For filtration that really depends on how much you want to spend. To keep it cheap you might want to go with 2 75-100 gallon power filters.

Possibly two of these: Aqueon QuietFlow 55/75 Power Filter - Up to 90 gallons - 13 in x 5.25 in x 8.25 | Power Aquarium Filters | Filters | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

That's one of the best I found for a decent price. You may be able to find way better ones. I'd say that would be the cheapest route in filters....

I don't know too much about filters but Everyone has told me to get Aqueon QuietFlow because of this:

Double biological grids, including a unique wet/dry mechanism, provide an extremely large amount of area to support beneficial bacteria growth for bio filtration. (Unlike other power filters that aren't as geared toward bio filtration)
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Filtration would depend on what fish you want to keep....if you are after BIG cichlids, it would be essential to have 10-15 times the tank volume MINIMUM.

I would research some of the fish you want to keep before sorting equipment out.

Essential though would be TEST KITS (many use API Master Freshwater kit), Heaters (2 at 200w).

Skimmers are only for saltwater tanks so no need to worry about them for freshwater.

Research wet/dry filters which would require either another tank or some DIY on your part. Simple plastic pot scrubbies or bioballs are the best to fill them with.

Research what fish you want (names) and we can help you out in accordance with that.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Filtration would depend on what fish you want to keep....if you are after BIG cichlids, it would be essential to have 10-15 times the tank volume MINIMUM.

I would research some of the fish you want to keep before sorting equipment out.

Essential though would be TEST KITS (many use API Master Freshwater kit), Heaters (2 at 200w).

Skimmers are only for saltwater tanks so no need to worry about them for freshwater.

Research wet/dry filters which would require either another tank or some DIY on your part. Simple plastic pot scrubbies or bioballs are the best to fill them with.

Research what fish you want (names) and we can help you out in accordance with that.
What tazman said.
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What tazman said.
Im looking at oscars, Arowana, pleco, discus, blue or jack dempseys, green terror, and possible inverts. This is what i have been looking at. Not all of them, but those are the ones that have caught my eye.
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post #10 of 84 Old 02-23-2012, 12:41 AM
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I asked Mikaila about the fish you had in mind and your tank specs and this is what i got :D

[Mikaila31] 12:37 am: you would use canister filters or a sump
[Mikaila31] 12:37 am: sump would be cheaper
[Mikaila31] 12:38 am: you would at least 2 big canisters

[Mikaila31] 12:42 am: only one he could have is a silver really....
[Mikaila31] 12:42 am: if that
[Andarial] 12:43 am: I love arrows though they are just too predatory for anything to be keppt with
[Mikaila31] 12:43 am: 125 might be too small
[Andarial] 12:43 am: yeah I think a 125 would be too small
[Mikaila31] 12:43 am: silvers are the only arrows that mix with other fish well
[Mikaila31] 12:43 am: and they get bigger then the others
[Mikaila31] 12:43 am: jardini look sweet, but they kill anything you put with them lol
[Andarial] 12:44 am: but they still have the possibility of eating anything you put in their tank XD

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