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post #11 of 16 Old 08-15-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
So the new tank will be about 115gal, does anyone have any recommendations for circulation pumps?
Taz I've heard you mention maxijet pros, I haven't seen those around me in fact there's not much of a selection in Aus and they're all expensive around $80 for one that does about 200gph. I've seen the maxijets on amazon and to get 2 of them to me would cost AUD $99, do u think they're a good unit considering price, reliability and performance?
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-15-2012, 08:24 PM
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They are basically used to help keep fish poop and left over food from settling on the tank bottom, they are not needed but in my opinion on a large tank do help.

The ones I have go for about $24.99 Canadian, or about $23 Australian, so I would look at around that price. $90 seems an awful lot. You can always use Koralia powerheads as well, they can sometimes be cheaper, as they are used a lot in saltwater tanks and being in Australia then I suspect that is better supported than freshwater?

Another option to keep waste from settling is to look at installing an Under Gravel Jet system NOT an Under Gravel Filter. Here is an example, they are made out of pvc pipe and need a relatively small pump to power them. You can see examples here

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post #13 of 16 Old 08-15-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
They definatley help! Before I got the ones I had (just cheap ones) there was alot more gunk on the bottom, plus the fish seemed to like the currents! Does the gravel jet system work with sand? Koralia is very common here you're right, but very expensive actually from what I've seen. On amazon the maxijets are $25ea but to post 2 of them they would charge me $50 postage!
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-08-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
So an update on my situation. I unfortunately lost a couple of fish since they've been crammed in the 65gal, organizing the money for the new tank has been tough! But I'm ordering it this week so pretty excited about that! I've had to go with a 4x2x2 (120cmx60cmx60cm) as my housemates refused to let me use the other available space for a fishtank which I guess is fair enough!! I've decided I'm going to try and set up an undergravel jet system, thanks for that idea Tazman I've never seen one before but it looks perfect! It will save me so much time vacuuming an previously I had to remove all the rocks to do it properly and I would always end up with damaged fish afterwards as they re-staked their new territories. So hopefully 2 months and it will be ready to put the fish in (by the time I get the cabinet built etc). Really excited!
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-08-2012, 07:24 PM
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Sorrry to hear about your nice tank. I do not know how handy you are with glass and silicone. You can get glass cut and the edges polished way cheaper than buying a tank. I built a 48"x28"x24" deep. tank for about 1/2 what I would have spent on a reg. one.
It is 135gal and you get to deside your own dimensions too.

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post #16 of 16 Old 09-08-2012, 07:25 PM
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Aquaclear 110 is a good powerhead too. 900 gal/hr.

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