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autumn1123 12-24-2012 09:32 PM

Need Help ASAP with 55 gal Freshwater
Hello all! I have a few questions. I recently purchased a new 55 gal. (my first one) and I am not sure how to set it up with the right equipment. I have the Premium Undergravel Filter system (3 squares) and 2 power heads. On top of that I have the large Penguin Bio Wheel 300 cartrige filter to hang on the back. My first question is do I need all of this? Question number 2, if so, how do I connect the power heads and the undergravel filter? I want to get this set up and cycled SOON so that I can get my babies in the larger tank and out of the 10 gal. they reside in now!

Reefing Madness 12-24-2012 09:41 PM

My thoughts, ditch the undergravel filter, junk. Powerheads can be used to break up the water surface. Penguin is a good buy.

redchigh 12-24-2012 11:31 PM

The biowheel is plenty. Since you're movin everything over from a 10, I would set up the large tank with dechlorinated water, heater, etc. get the temperature the same, and all the equipment running.
After a day or two, move the filtration and gravel from the 10 to the new tank, along with the fish. Run both the filters on the tank for a while (3 months maybe less), then remove the smaller one back to the 10 with fresh gravel and it will be instantly cycled too.

Freshcatch 12-25-2012 06:29 PM

I agree... ditch the under gravel filter and stick with the HOB.

autumn1123 01-04-2013 01:02 AM

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Hello guys! Thank you for the advice. I wanted to show you a few pictures of the new tank. It is not finished and I am still working on it. Now I am researching plants to go in the back to hide all of the tubes and such in the back of the tank. As of right now I have the water at 82 F and I have some extra bacteria start up in the tank. I will let it run for a few more days and then I will add the substrate and filter from the 10 gal and finish with my fish.

Here are a few pictures, feel free to let me know what you think or any advice!

AbbeysDad 01-10-2013 08:50 AM

I also agree with ditching the UGF! Also, there is no cycle without a constant source of ammonia so yank that UGF and move the fish. :-)

autumn1123 01-10-2013 10:26 AM

Instead of getting rid of it, can it be used with reversible powerheads so that it is one large bubble mat?

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