11-14-2007, 05:05 PM
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Hey Brian, welcome to the forum. Great to see somebody from Connecticut. I'm in West Hartford.
Sounds like a neat set-up you have. I'm curious, how big is the iridescent shark and pleco?
For the set-up the filtration sounds like it will be enough. The 405 filters 225 gallons per hour (gph) and the FX5 (nice filter) has 925 gph, in total, 1150. So that means your aquariums water is completely turned over roughly 7 and a half times every hour, which isn't too shabby. I think you'll be fine, but adding another fluval 405, or something like it wouldn't hurt.
For the heaters, I have never had an in-line heater, only submersible glass, so it's up to you...maybe someone else can give you tips on that. I would advise you to think about getting 2 heaters though, in case one fails.
The Coralife sl65 air pump is a pretty heavy duty pump, seems like it should suffice.
I would not bother with an under gravel filter, they are prone to problems with clogging, and cleaning can be a huge hassle. I'd just stick with power, wet/dry, and canister filters.
Have you thought about using power-heads? In larger aquariums, sometimes not enough water movement can be a problem. The power-heads will disperse water more efficiently throughout the aquarium, and the more exposed to the surface will increase oxygen levels of the tank.
Do you have other basic requirements, such as a liquid test kit for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate? How about water dechlorinator? You'll need that. Water changes will need to be done fairly often in a tank with fish like that, the shark and pleco could grow over a foot long and they produce massive waste. Do you have a water changing method established? Personally, I use the Python gravel vac for mine.
What foods to you have to give the fish?