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n1zjd 01-26-2010 10:12 AM

New 55 Gallon Aquarium!
I will hopefully be getting a new 55 gallon aquarium sometime next week so I just wanted to get a thread going for it. Im apt to have some questions along the way. Ill update the thread as things get progressing. Thanks

Angel079 01-26-2010 10:30 AM

:thumbsup: Congratulations...apart from what I hammered you with in the other threads, I'll be quiet now unless new questions pop up :lol:

JohnnyD44 01-26-2010 10:41 AM


n1zjd 01-26-2010 11:48 AM

Thanks, I cant wait! I would like to have Angelfish in this tank. How many would you suggest I get?

Angel079 01-26-2010 12:29 PM

I'd get a pair. You don't wanna "stuff" the 55g full of Angels and have no one else in it (eg your Molies).

n1zjd 01-26-2010 12:37 PM

Haha ok. I was actually kinda leaning towards having just angels and corys in it but maybe your right and it should have a bit of a variety. Besides that after doing more reading about Angels, seems thats about the most you would want in a 55 anyway due to their size. Although I will admit I was thinking about 4-6 hehe. Sure wish I had the tank already!

n1zjd 01-26-2010 12:44 PM

Oh yeah also wanted to ask whether or not its recommended to make a DIY canister filter? Im pretty darn handy with tools and see no reason why I wouldnt build one as easily as I could buy one. My only question would be as to what the filter material should be. Dont get me wrong, Im not so much trying to be cheap, well partially maybe, but I enjoy building things myself. If for some reason its not recommended then I will forget about it, but it just seems all to easy to do.

Angel079 01-26-2010 01:45 PM

A good canister you can pick up for $70 (Like the Eheim 2213). How much a DIY in materials will cost you I have no idea. You'd need to make sure of a proper flow rate (pump rate) for one; for materials I pers use Bio balls followed by very corose sponges and they get finer & finer towards the top of the canister.

If you do DIY Canister PLEASEEEEE post with pictures in our DIY section here how you're going about it, there'll be plenty people REAL happy over a new DIY project!!!

n1zjd 01-26-2010 02:21 PM

Thinking about it cost wise your right it might not make much of a difference but would be fun nonetheless so I am still considering it. Now Ive got a difficult question, I really dont care for the substrate thats in my current 10 gallon community tank. I have some that I do like however. Is it at all possible to swap it out? I dont have to worry about damaging plants because there is only one newly introduced live plant that Im not even 100% sure is alive. The biggest thing will be moving the fish to another place for the swap. Let me know if its at all possible please, I suppose I also could just put another thin layer over the top.

Angel079 01-26-2010 03:43 PM

I'd chose substrate based of the fish that live in there. Most fish like Angels, like Neon's etc etc come from dimly lit frost I'd chose something dark (dark brown, black sand or fine gravel).
Just suck out some water from you 10g into 2 buckets: Catch your Mollies put them in 1 bucket, catch your Neon's put in the other bucket, take your plants out split them into the 2 buckets.
Drain the rest of the tank (Turn filter & heat off) take the unwanted gravel out (I love shop vac's for this job that can do wet/dry) and replace with XYZ that you'd like to see in there. Fill up with conditioned water, put plants back turn filter & heater on put fish back.

I'd not suggest mixing...with each gravel vacuum cleaning you'll just mix that up and it'll look less then good over time. I have done this "rearranging of tanks" like described above sooo many time, no problem at all.

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