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PAR9341 12-05-2013 06:26 PM

Need advice on equipment for 500 gal cichlid tank
 
Hi all. I recently picked up a 500 gal tank and I'm starting to plan a cichlid tank. the tank came with a 50 gal sump but I feel that's not enough. I also have an empty 90 gal tank I could make into another wet dry sump but not sure what the best design would be. Looking for any and all suggestions as I'm not all that familiar with what is out there now.

jaysee 12-05-2013 06:46 PM

Welcome to the forum

Boy a 50 and 90 gallon sump/wetdry will be good filtration! There are designs and stuff available online - you can probably find a tutorial on youtube.

500 gallons! what are the dimensions of such a tank - 8 feet long? 10?

PAR9341 12-05-2013 07:11 PM

The tank is 8 feet long 2 feet deep and 4 feet tall

jaysee 12-05-2013 07:12 PM

4 feet tall? Wow! Does it sit on a stand? Acrylic?

PAR9341 12-05-2013 07:18 PM

If I could figure out how to post the picture I would

PAR9341 12-05-2013 07:19 PM

Yeah its an acrylic tank. its actually a used atm built tank

PAR9341 12-05-2013 07:21 PM

Its going to sit on a short wall and act as a room divider between the kitchen and family room

PAR9341 12-05-2013 07:27 PM

Any preference in medias ? are submersible heaters good enough for such a tank or do I need to step up to a chiller?

jaysee 12-05-2013 07:28 PM

That sounds awesome. What do you intend to keep in it? Guppies?

jaysee 12-05-2013 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PAR9341 (Post 3541322)
Any preference in medias ? are submersible heaters good enough for such a tank or do I need to step up to a chiller?

Yes, submersibles in the sumps.

They don't make chillers large enough for a tank that big, and if they did it would cost thousands of dollars, cost a ton to run and will make more than a little noise.

Fish stores use bioballs in their central filtration systems.


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