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Need advice on equipment for 500 gal cichlid tank
Old 12-05-2013, 11:47 PM   #21
 
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Just to give you an idea.

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These pumps are the sort of ones you are looking at, although before you get a pump, you need to know the TOTAL flow rate coming from the overflow, return pump needs to be able to handle that amount of water going back to the display tank. I would also consider using two overflows if you go DIY or a very high gph one (1000gph+) if you go for a store bought, cichlids are messy and need a lot of filtration.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:49 PM   #22
 
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If the pump is down in the basement then noise may not be that big of an issue. Of course I have no idea how loud such pumps are...
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:07 AM   #23
 
Yeah the tank is drilled already the guy I bought it off of had a 1500 gph mag drive on it. the drain I believe is 2" but I will check tomorrow. As for the noise that's what they make sound proofing for.
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:15 AM   #24
 
Thanks for the help I'm going to draw up some ideas for the sumps and see what will work best. keep the ideas coming. I want this thing to run top notch. so if there is anything else you think I should consider please let me know.

And again thanks for you time.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:29 PM   #25
 
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Just wanted to drop in and say...Wow! That's one h of a nice tank. Will you please post photos as you get it up and running? I would love to follow your project and see what goes into setting up and running such a big tank .
Were you planning on south american or african cichlids?
Thanks and best wishes for a beautiful and healthy aquarium.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:21 AM   #26
 
Not quite sure on the stock for the tank yet concentrating on equipment first. One thing I've learned the hard way is buy good equipment if you like your fish to live!

So putting a lot of thought in it. So far I have decided to run a 140 gal sump and a 2000 gph pump 2000w of heaters. trying to decide what media to use.

I like this stuff called bio home ultimate don't know if anyone has seen it or used it saw it on you tube. It's not cheap but then good stuff usually isn't
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:05 AM   #27
 
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just wanted to say hello and welcome,and subscribing to keep
up with how your doing
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:19 AM   #28
 
This should be a good one. There are options on filter may want to consider a commercial filter system like AquaDyne it would be over kill, but every thing would be there heat, pumps, UV, and filtering all in one neat package.

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Old 12-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #29
 
What do you guys think about this setup. It uses both the 50gal sump that came with the tank and a 90 gal tank I had. the 2 " drain drops from the tank and splits to 2- 1" pipes to the drip trays of the 50 gal sump through the media and into sump area that could be filled with chemical filter media. then through another 2" drain into the 90 gal through filter socks and over onto drip tray through about 20 lbs of bio home ultimate ceramic media then into pump chamber and back to tank at 2000 gph. oh and a uv sterilizer.

Your thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #30
 
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What do you guys think about this setup. It uses both the 50gal sump that came with the tank and a 90 gal tank I had. the 2 " drain drops from the tank and splits to 2- 1" pipes to the drip trays of the 50 gal sump through the media and into sump area that could be filled with chemical filter media. then through another 2" drain into the 90 gal through filter socks and over onto drip tray through about 20 lbs of bio home ultimate ceramic media then into pump chamber and back to tank at 2000 gph. oh and a uv sterilizer.

Your thoughts?
It takes four 1" pipes to carry the same amount of water as a 2" (Pie really are square)
Max flow on a 2" is 2700 gallon per hour so pump sizing is good as long as you don't have a lot of flow lost in the filter you have to make sure the pump stays wet that all times, of course there will be head loose so that 2000 GPH pump won't pump 2000 gallons. Unfortunately no single recommendation will be correct for all possible circumstances so it something you have to think out and some trail and error.

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