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Hey I'm New! FX5 w/ 75 gallon tank, and media
Old 11-16-2007, 12:52 PM   #1
 
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Hey I'm New! FX5 w/ 75 gallon tank, and media

Hey Guys and Gals.

I use to maintain two 55 gallons. However, this was about 6 years ago. So I have lost of lot of me knowledge.
I really miss the fish so I just purchased a 75 gallon tank!! Yay me! (Used of course)

I have a Fluval FX5 brand new that I bought for the tank. I read that you can't over filter a tank. But I am wondering if they knew about the fx5 when they wrote that. What do you guys think?

On the FX5 I get to pick 3 mediums for each shelf.
In the top basket I plan to put Zeo-Carb (Carbon and amonia remover)
In the bottom basket I plan to put BioMax (this is where the bacteria will live)

I don't really have any idea what I should put in the third basket.
Once the tank is established I plan to change the zeo-carb to just carbon.

Any thoughts on this? Thanks
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:36 PM   #2
 
YOU COULD USE FOAM AT THE BOTTOM, ACTIVATED CARBON INS THE MIDDLE AND CERAMICS AT THE TOP.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:22 PM   #3
 
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YOU COULD USE FOAM AT THE BOTTOM, ACTIVATED CARBON INS THE MIDDLE AND CERAMICS AT THE TOP.
Carbon is not necessary. Use it only if you intend to remove tannins, meds, odor, and other contaminants. Carbon should be replaced every 2-4 weeks as well and this is just a waste of money.. I'd stick to foams, filter floss and ceramics.

Welcome to Fishforum.com, Verbosity.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:35 PM   #4
 
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In addition with Lupin...

The original way verbosity stated arranging the baskets is correct. Biological media goes on the bottom, not top (like jesus stated) in the FX5 model. Instead of using the chemicals, use additional mechanical filtration in the first 2 baskets. Then in the bottom basket, right before the biological media, you could put a 'polishing pad' to ensure the water that goes lastly through the biological media is pristine, and does not clog.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:39 PM   #5
 
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hi and welcome aboard,
hope you can do a photo diary,i just love them.
any idea on what fish you will have ?
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:02 PM   #6
 
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I plan to have a lot of little fish.
I plan to let guppies bread as much as they want. A few algea eaters, a lot of ghost shrimp, live plants, and maybe a few figure 8 puffers (if they don't harass the guppies to much) and other small fish that flow fine with guppies.
I love guppies and are set on them, I would like some bigger fish, but afraid everything bigger will eat guppies. Any ideas on fish that go with guppies?

(Mechanical Filtration... do you mean the plane ceramic or carbon and what not?)
So you think I should do:

Top Ceramic
Middle Carbon
Bottom Pristine filter and Ceramic made to host bacteria??


I just set the 75 up in the kitchen temp. I am checking for leaks over night. Plus I still have to wait on my pump to get here.

Keep in mind the 15 gallon was only set up a few days ago. I will probably add more to it plant wise.

I have the same color rock 150 pounds worth for the 75 gallon tank.




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Old 11-16-2007, 08:12 PM   #7
 
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I plan to let guppies bread as much as they want.
Verbosity, be careful with what you wish for. I had guppies breed in my 75g and the tank was pretty much overcrowded when they reached about 200 in number.

No puffers will be recommended. These are not general community fish. What algae eater do you plan to get? Avoid Chinese Algae Eaters which, despite bing slow growers, have a potential to reach 10 inches and eventually harass their tankmates. Check sticky thread in Cyprinids section for information on true Siamese Algae Eaters, false Siamese Algae Eaters, flying foxes and CAEs. Otos are another alternative.

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I love guppies and are set on them, I would like some bigger fish, but afraid everything bigger will eat guppies. Any ideas on fish that go with guppies?
You could try some Melanotaenia praecox. These are very easy to breed but the eggs will not likely survive in a community tank. If you like glass catfish, get 5 as the minimum. Lesser than that is not a good idea as these tend to pine away very easily.

There are some danios and tetras which will guarantee to put the guppy population under control but be careful with what you choose. Some are nippy and will snip off the guppies' tails.

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Top Ceramic
Middle Carbon
Bottom Pristine filter and Ceramic made to host bacteria??
As I said, no need for carbon. Stick with filter floss.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:14 PM   #8
 
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No, I didn't mean ceramic in the top or middle backets. By mechanical I mean additional filter floss, the spongy pads that trap physical detribus like food, feces, plant matter... You'll be fine without any kind of chemical what-so-ever, which is carbon. I'd save the carbon for when you REALLY need it, like when you medicate the tank, have tannins in the water, or have a real foul smell.

What I do in my canister...
Have larger filter floss, like 20ppi on the top. This will be for larger waste particles. And as your make your way down to the biological media, I then use 30ppi floss, which is for finer waste particles, then right before the biological media (bottom basket) I use a micro-filter pad, or polishing pad.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #9
 
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haha, if they breed to fast I'll put something in there to eat them!!


What about for getting the tank started... Should I use carbon then?
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:15 PM   #10
 
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haha, if they breed to fast I'll put something in there to eat them!!


What about for getting the tank started... Should I use carbon then?
Nope. Make sure tank is cycled before you add any fish.:) For more details of cycling, check sticky thread by fish_4_all.
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