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Need advice on equipment for 500 gal cichlid tank

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Old 12-25-2013, 08:56 PM   #41
 
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Just a question, are you going to keep the fake reef in there?? Other wise, it looking good and looking forward to pics of the fishes!
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:24 AM   #42
 
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looking great

Have you decided on stock yet? African cichlids are great but south americans will always have my heart. No matter which you choose, that's going to be a great home .
As I understand it, this tank forms a wall between two rooms and the reef is necessary to separate the rooms visualy. Please don't stop posting updates! Love this tank.
Best wishes, and happy new year.
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Old 12-26-2013, 03:24 AM   #43
 
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look forward to the pictures.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:16 PM   #44
 
Well here it is all done got my first fish the other day.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:23 PM   #45
 
One of my dogs noticed the fish today! lol
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:38 PM   #46
 
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Be very careful with a deep gravel bed like that, you will need to monitor it for any possible build up of Hydrogen Sulfide gas. It can kill an entire tank if it is released into the water.

You will need to stir that up regularly to prevent the gas from building up.

Looks good though.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:38 AM   #47
 
The gravel is like 4 -5 inches thick and its really only around the sides of the tank I couldn't get any under the reef. what causes the gas build up? And is there anyway to combat it on a daily basis other than stirring the gravel?
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:30 AM   #48
 
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Wow wow wow!! That tank is a real show stopper.

Romad ponders selling house and buying one that she can set a tank like that into..... Drools.......
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:53 AM   #49
 
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thanks for pictures..they're great.
i don't know of a way of disturbing the gravel enough other than by hand.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:31 AM   #50
 
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The gravel is like 4 -5 inches thick and its really only around the sides of the tank I couldn't get any under the reef. what causes the gas build up? And is there anyway to combat it on a daily basis other than stirring the gravel?
Plants roots will prevent the conditions that cause hydro-sulfide to be produced. Deep gravel harbors anaerobic bacteria which produce the gas.
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