Just wanted to do a quick introduction. I have had the itching to get a tank for quite some time. I have a couple of very close friends that are pretty "into" aquariums, and when I was visiting one of them recently, I decided I had to get it done.
My living room also has my home theater setup in it with a front projection setup. When I built it, the aquarium was already in the back of my mind, so I hung the motorized screen 20" forward from the wall to give myself some room.
So when I was visiting my friend and enquired about tank size, he said "go as big as you think you want, then double it".
So I wound up with a 125 gallon setup.
I custom built a stand for it that would also hold the center channel for the home theater setup:
Here's what it looks like with the screen down:
Because of the limited space, there is no room behind the aquarium for the filter setup, so I decided a canister filter was the way to go. My local fish store recommended a Rena XP filter, so that's what I got.
Here is the setup:
125 gal All-Glass aquarium
Rena XP3 filter
Hydor ETH 301 300W inline heater (under aquarium).
I filled the tank last night, and upon the recommendation of our fish store, put Nitro-Sorb and Ammo chips in the center tray of the filter. The bottom has the standard 30/30/20/20 foam filter and the top has the microfiber filter in it.
We don't have city water, so I filled it from the well. The well water is filtered (20 and 5 micron whole house filter) but no softening.
My question: Is it normal for the water to be cloudy when you first fill the tank? I bleach washed the inside of the tank (and rinsed it) and also rinsed all the gravel in the tank.
Should this cloudiness go away, or is there something else I should do? Right now it's only been filled about 12 hours, so I guess I'll check it tonite when I get home.
Thanks for the great forum!