04-14-2010, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kelly528
I don't know too much about the G6 but what I CAN tell you is that for goldie filtration the general consensus is that you want a minimum of 10x the tank's volume in GPH for filtration. So you need a filter / combination of filters with a total rating of at least 1100 GPH.
As for stocking, the rule of thumb with fancies is 20g for the first fish and 10 for each additional fish. I suggest you take at least 10g off the total tank volume for substrate & decorations. I am gonna say that 9 goldies would be a nice, conservative number. Or you could do 8, the lucky number, which has good chi :) The MAXIMUM you will want in there is 11 but I would only consider this after the tank is stocked at 9. You don't want to be committing yourself to multiple water changes per week!
For plants I recommend (for obvious reasons) a low-light setup... I strongly recommend reading some of Byron's stickies because he is very practiced at the art of creating thriving low-light, low-tech planted tanks. Some plants that I have personally experienced great success with are:
-Any Anubias species (very tough, nasty tasting leaves)
-Moss of any sort
-Heavy rooters like cryptocorynes, vals, swords, vals, etc. that are hard to uproot.
Did you say you have one 30" fixture? Not sure if that will suffice lengthwise. Dont' know how long your tank is but you will want something close to the length of the tank.
There are actually 2 30" fixtures.
The G6 is ABOUT 650/GPH rated for upto 160gal tank.
I think I am going to run an FX5 on this tank at 900gph. But I guess I am asking... is this enough filtration... because this will be it... other than the natural bac. in the tank (gravel, deco, etc).
I am going to run the G6 alone on a salt fish and live rock tank... I met with the Fluval rep today and he said that this would be the only filtration I would need for that particular setup (another 110gal).
Ughhhhhhh... like I said... too many projects going on at once... but I will be posting some (what I hope to be) incredible pics in about June.
Thanks for the help.