12-31-2011, 02:08 PM
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here is how i set up the tanks it is a bit long
Setting up my 67.5 gallon and my 88 gallon
I bought 2 tanks from Ron Urry with the stand and lights and filters. After Ron and his son delivered them. Ron said he forgot his level to be sure the tanks are level. I just stood there thinking I new why but in reality I did not think of this. They were wobbly and I had a bag of shimmers that I let my birds play with so we put one shimmer under the front right hand corner of the stand. And since Ron had no level and neither did I we used my 8 cup measuring cup to make sure it was level which I am glad it is. After Ron left I let the tanks sit till the evening so they could come to room temperature. If you fill the tanks when they are ice cold they may crack due to the shock they were in his garage. After they came to room temperature I took a water and vinegar solution and washed inside and outside of both tanks. You don’t want any dirt or bugs in the tank that could cause problems latter on. Then I cleaned both filters I thought they were emperor 280 series but are emperor 400 series which will filter up to 80 gallons. Don’t forget when the gravel and rocks are in the 88 gallon tank it will be around 80 gallons. It is good I did clean the filters as one had just the sponge media only so I put the carbon media in as well. After a good cleaning I decided on the top tank 88gallons will be a cichlid tank. The lower tank 67.5 gallons will be an angel tank. The 88 gallon tank will take 60 pounds of gravel. So I have chosen a brown to grey color gravel don’t forget to wash any gravel you get no matter if the package says pre washed. This is very important as you don’t want to do a water vacuum right away. After the gravel is washed thoroughly you can add it to the tank. At this time you can add the water till it is ¾ full. The tank maybe a bit cloudy at this time so I would wait till that clears up before you go further. After waiting you can add an old filter media from one of your tanks already cycled this takes 2-4 days. Or buy some gold fish and do a long cycle this takes up to a month but then you have gold fish to tend with. I got some filter media from a friend and have that in the tank. At this time you can put the rocks to the tank so other fish have hiding places. Then you can top up the tank with more water. At this time depending on the type of fish you will have to put a heater in the tank. Some like the water cooler some like it warmer. After the tank is cycled you can add the plants you want to use (I plan on asking Lisa). Don’t forget that plants need light so if you plan on having plants then you do need a light source. At this time you can start to add the fish you want. Only add 3-4 fish for every 2 weeks. If you add all the fish then your ammonia level in the tank will spike. You can put the topper on the tank at this time this prevents any fish from jumping out of the tank. And it protects the light from falling into the tank as well. At this point you can sit back and enjoy your fish. Don’t forget when setting up a double stacked tank setup. Always setup the bottom one first you don’t want the stand to be top heavy.