Originally Posted by MrWynO14
You sure do give a lot of good detail. Here's another thought. If I were to take a hose and start a siphon to take water out of the tank, and at the same time take a hose from my faucet and re-add the water at the same time its siphoning out, would this be a good way to keep an over stocked tank? I'm thinking of letting this run until the water is 100 percent new water, and obviously I would use the same temp of water from the faucet thats in the tank and use dechlorinator.
I don't have an overstocked tank, but I do admit that more fish look more appealing and would like to be able to maintain one. I love american cichlids but they do get very big, and you usually can't keep a whole lot because they are messy fish and produce a lot of waste. Take a look at this tank on youtube, its the same size as mine (135g), and has a lot of cichlids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox4Hs6leako
I'm sure the nitrate load would be pretty high for this amount of bigger sized fish even in this big of a tank, right? It looks good though as far as the health of the fish and has no plants to help with the nitrate load. So would my 2 hose idea work good? I don't want to put my fish in shock or anything, I mean it sounds like a good idea but i need another opinion. Thanx
I do not know if the tank in the video is using a sump in addition to the two (look to be aquaclear filters) on this tank or not,, but it is something I would consider were it me.
Were it my tank/fish, the Aquaclear filters would be 110 model rated I believe for 500 gal. per hour.
A sump in addition,, would in effect create more water volume allowing for large bioload along with providing more area for biological filtration and mechanical filtration ,(google Advantages of sumps in heavily stocked aquariums).
The problem I see with removing water while at the same time adding new water,, is part of the newly dechlorinated water would also be draining with the old.
Better in my view,to begin 50 percent water changes from the beginning in this tank, and after 50 percent has been removed with pump and hose? then close/shut off draining of tank and fill with fresh dechlorinated water with close to same temps and pH.
Maintaining filtration on such tanks is critical for as you have noted,these are large ,messy fish capable of producing loads of waste.50 percent water changes twice weekly I would think would be a good starting point,and regular cleaning or replacing of mechanical portion of filter would be needed depending on fish load and frequency and amount of foods offered.
Just my two cents.