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post #1 of 56 Old 12-05-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on equipment for 500 gal cichlid tank

Hi all. I recently picked up a 500 gal tank and I'm starting to plan a cichlid tank. the tank came with a 50 gal sump but I feel that's not enough. I also have an empty 90 gal tank I could make into another wet dry sump but not sure what the best design would be. Looking for any and all suggestions as I'm not all that familiar with what is out there now.
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post #2 of 56 Old 12-05-2013, 07:46 PM
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Boy a 50 and 90 gallon sump/wetdry will be good filtration! There are designs and stuff available online - you can probably find a tutorial on youtube.

500 gallons! what are the dimensions of such a tank - 8 feet long? 10?

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The tank is 8 feet long 2 feet deep and 4 feet tall
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4 feet tall? Wow! Does it sit on a stand? Acrylic?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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If I could figure out how to post the picture I would
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Yeah its an acrylic tank. its actually a used atm built tank
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Its going to sit on a short wall and act as a room divider between the kitchen and family room
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Any preference in medias ? are submersible heaters good enough for such a tank or do I need to step up to a chiller?
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That sounds awesome. What do you intend to keep in it? Guppies?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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Any preference in medias ? are submersible heaters good enough for such a tank or do I need to step up to a chiller?
Yes, submersibles in the sumps.

They don't make chillers large enough for a tank that big, and if they did it would cost thousands of dollars, cost a ton to run and will make more than a little noise.

Fish stores use bioballs in their central filtration systems.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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