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srene85 10-19-2010 07:52 AM

Hubby and I setting up new 150 gallon...HELP!
So, we have a 55 gallon, overstocked aquarium so we're going to move to a 150. We have been doing some research here and there and looks like this will be what works well..

1 Rena canister filter for 265 gallons
2 Fluval 4 internal filters

Here is a couple questions....

In your opinion do we need powerheads in the tank to keep the water moving at the bottom of the tank to the filters if we're using the internals?

Also....the internal filters have airation built we need an airater with tubes going all over the tank into different stones?? Would love to avoid this.

Any help and advice you can hand out will be appreciated! Thanks! :-D

redchigh 10-19-2010 10:10 AM

There is no need for any airstones.

Do you plan on having live plants? That sounds like a LOT of filtration... the RENA would be more than enough. Just place the intake and outlet on opposite sides and you shouldn't have any problems.

You DO mean freshwater, right? Just wanted to check... You also shouldn't need any powerheads either. The single canister should be more than enough.

Live plants will help if you decide to go that route... What fish going in it?

srene85 10-19-2010 10:31 AM

Yes, Freshwater. Just a lot of community fish is all. My hubby likes to have a lot and our 55 gallon is overstocked at 59 fish. I just want to make sure we're doing the best for our fish and taking care of the cleanliness of the tank the best we can.

Now...with live we need to have different layers of substrate and sand? Would love to have some live plants, but again, I'm not too advanced. Had my tank for about 6 years, but everything has stayed pretty much the same in it.

For a tank that size...what would be best to use for the gravel?

redchigh 10-19-2010 11:07 AM

There's lots of techniques for growing plants... Many people here use the low tech method... You can just buy a liquid fertiliser (flourish comprehensive) and make sure you have adequate lighting... Many plants will do well.

Personally, I use soil substrate tanks. There's a link here.
Soil substrate tanks need a bit more light, but need minimal filtration. (My tanks have none at all.)

As for the substrate... It's a matter of preference.
If you want something cheap, look for 3M Colorquartz. It's a small aggregate used in lining swimming pools and flooring... It's completely safe for fish, plants, and inverts though. Hard to find and takes a lot of washing in warm water to get the dust out... Other than that, it's perfect and comes in several colors.

You can also use play sand from a home improvement store, but try to find a dark color for the fish's sake. (Or, I suppose you could just use play sand and add black sand on top...)

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