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drenchedgremlin 07-31-2010 11:00 PM

I need suggestions for filtration on my 125 gallon im setting up soon
 
Hey there. I had a 125 gallon i got on craigslist last christmas. I had set it all up and it was running great with the two canisters. i believe the models of the canister filters was a filstar xp3 and a fluval of some sort (all i know is it was rated around 55 gallons. It would have benn plenty good filtration for a basic tank but then one day i came home and about 20% of the water was gone from the tank. it had gone all into the carpet so i quickly drained the tank (no fishies yet fortunatly) I was led to believe it had something to do with either the filstar or the fluval but i was guessing the fluval cause it was older. I didnt take the time to check yet so the tank and filters and everything else has been in my garage since this happened like 4 months ago. I just moved and I think im about ready to give the tank another chance. I do however want to get new filtration systems just because its cheap insurance in the long run. I am hoping not a canister especially since the water has to go all the way down and back up, it sure seems like a lot of pressure on the filter and if it leaks again im totally screwed. i was hoping for a hang on power filter maybe dual power filters or possibly a sump though the sumps require drilling and im not really too excited about that. What are my options for this tanks filtration? maybe i could make my own filteration system? i was thinking maybe a small plastic tub that hangs on the back and a pool filter cartridge as a bio wheel. i donno give me some ideas? Help is appreciated

While im at it i might as well mention what my plans are for inhabitants:
I was origionally settion this up for an african cichlid tank (most likely haps and peacocks.)
though i was dicouraged by how hard it is to find decent quality bred cichlids. Online is my only option so i figured theres always other types of fish. I decided id start with some basic south american and central american cichlids such as the jack dempsey and green terror along with some differnt types of catfish, plecos, and of coarse a clown knife fish. I was also considering some red bellied pacus though they may get a bit to big for my tank. I could always rehome the fish one day if any of them outgrow my tank.
Any thoughts and suggestions of tank stocking ideas would be greatly appreciated!

jeaninel 07-31-2010 11:31 PM

Hey there.
Just wanted to say I'm curious what other people will suggest as I'm looking for a 125 with a similar setup as you...Central American cichlids. You'll need serious filtration with those big guys so a sump would be nice but I've never set one up. In addition I would add a couple HOBs like the Emperor 400s or Penguin 350s, one at each end of the tank. You don't want to give a cannister another chance? Should be fine especially if bought new. A cannister like the XP3 or 4 plus the 2 HOBs would be good also.

Oh, yeah. If/when I ever get my 125 I'm definitely getting a Jag. Love those fish. I may just do a pair by itself or 1 Jag with some others like a JD, GT and my Green Texas.

jeaninel 07-31-2010 11:35 PM

Almost forgot...welcome to the forum!

drenchedgremlin 07-31-2010 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 436883)
Hey there.
Just wanted to say I'm curious what other people will suggest as I'm looking for a 125 with a similar setup as you...Central American cichlids. You'll need serious filtration with those big guys so a sump would be nice but I've never set one up. In addition I would add a couple HOBs like the Emperor 400s or Penguin 350s, one at each end of the tank. You don't want to give a cannister another chance? Should be fine especially if bought new. A cannister like the XP3 or 4 plus the 2 HOBs would be good also.

Oh, yeah. If/when I ever get my 125 I'm definitely getting a Jag. Love those fish. I may just do a pair by itself or 1 Jag with some others like a JD, GT and my Green Texas.

Yeah I was really considering the africans but they are so hard to get and so costly, that i think the c.a. and s.a. cichlids will be just as cool. Plus theres a lot more compatible fish that can go with them such as arowana, pacu, catfish whereas the african cichlids can only be kept with other african cichlids and a few species of catfish known as the synodontis. I guess my best option is to start with these south american cichlids because they are easier to find then possibly one day move on to africans
Im totally going for a riverbed setup because i was at a lake recently and found the really neat 4' piece of driftwood and i took it so i decided to plan a trip back to pick up tons more driftwood and ill get river rocks as well from a river nearby. Its gonna look amazing!
And yes. i suppose i could give the canisters another chance though i do worry about bursting hoses. idk just in my opinion having gallons of water pumping through a hose, less than a foot from your floor is just asking for trouble.

PRichs87 08-01-2010 12:36 AM

Just double check with vinegar to make sure that the rocks don't contain metal. You seem pretty educated about things like this though... just want you to be cautious as, I was not cautious enough when I entered the hobby.

drenchedgremlin 08-01-2010 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by PRichs87 (Post 436905)
Just double check with vinegar to make sure that the rocks don't contain metal. You seem pretty educated about things like this though... just want you to be cautious as, I was no cautious enough when I entered the hobby.

Yeah totally. I appreciate that cause it would be a nightmare if i set up the tank with fish then they all died.
But anyway im just trying to figure out the whole filtration situation first of all. Honestly i dont know how long it will even be until i can set this tank up. Hopefully soon!

jeaninel 08-01-2010 12:44 AM

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Would love to see pics of your 4 ft piece of DW.

I'm planning on using this piece of manzanita I got from my mom's property. It's 3 ft long.

PRichs87 08-01-2010 12:58 AM

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Originally Posted by drenchedgremlin (Post 436908)
Yeah totally. I appreciate that cause it would be a nightmare if i set up the tank with fish then they all died.
But anyway im just trying to figure out the whole filtration situation first of all. Honestly i dont know how long it will even be until i can set this tank up. Hopefully soon!

I would do a sump, as it would add two benefits: adding more water to the tank(lesser chance of nitrate build up) and I don't see a sump leaking as easily as a canister filter.

drenchedgremlin 08-01-2010 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by PRichs87 (Post 436914)
I would do a sump, as it would add two benefits: adding more water to the tank(lesser chance of nitrate build up) and I don't see a sump leaking as easily as a canister filter.

I have to drill my tank or could i use an overflow box?

drenchedgremlin 08-05-2010 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 436910)
Would love to see pics of your 4 ft piece of DW.

I'm planning on using this piece of manzanita I got from my mom's property. It's 3 ft long.

Wow thats a great piece of manzanita! I was just looking at that piece i found at the lake.. id say its more like 3 feet when i looked at it. I Would get a photo of it but its definetly not as interesting as that piece.


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