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matthewmcw 04-22-2012 06:55 AM

Some General Advice Needed
 
Hi,

Currently about to pickup my new custom made tank. But I have some questions as it's a different shape from what I'm used too.

Dimensions of the new tank:

Length : 70cm
Depth : 45cm
Height : 80cm

As you can see it's rather high comapred to the more usual lenghtier tanks.

My questions are:

- Filter will be inside the tank. Fluval U4 I think. Will this pump enough current around the bottom of the tank? If not, what would be a solution?
- Where should I put the heater. Bottom, Middle or Top near the pump to get a better spread of heat, depends on flow I guess.
- Should I add some air pumps to add more oxygen to the tank since it is quite high?
- Fish. I was going to use the tank as a community tank with smaller species. Obviously selecting dependant on PH etc...Can anyone recommend any Mid/Top tank fish that would fit in with a small species community tank?


Sorry for all the questions but I'm determined to get my new setup done right, it's just the shape of the tank that's throwing me off.

nicolaas 04-22-2012 07:33 AM

Welcome to TFK.

Your tank is a 66gal (250l)

What is your PH and hardness?

What fish did you have in mind?

The filter is rated 90gals so I think it would be enough.

Mo 04-22-2012 08:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matthewmcw (Post 1055234)
Hi,

Currently about to pickup my new custom made tank. But I have some questions as it's a different shape from what I'm used too.

Dimensions of the new tank:

Length : 70cm
Depth : 45cm
Height : 80cm

As you can see it's rather high comapred to the more usual lenghtier tanks.

My questions are:

- Filter will be inside the tank. Fluval U4 I think. Will this pump enough current around the bottom of the tank? If not, what would be a solution?
What are you trying to attain, it should add enough oxygen to the water but it won't suffice for other things. So are you looking for high flow fish, or just wondering if it will suffice for circulating the tank. If so then yes, it will filter properly, and provide enough exogen
- Where should I put the heater. Bottom, Middle or Top near the pump to get a better spread of heat, depends on flow I guess.
I always have more luck putting the heater (in this case 300 watts) around where there is a high flow in the tank so the warm water will circulate through the tank
- Should I add some air pumps to add more oxygen to the tank since it is quite high?
No. As long as the filter is having a somewhat small/large impact on the surface and causing flow on the surface thn there is an acceptable amount of oxygen for most fish
- Fish. I was going to use the tank as a community tank with smaller species. Obviously selecting dependant on PH etc...Can anyone recommend any Mid/Top tank fish that would fit in with a small species community tank?
What other fish species are you looking at? What fish do you prefer?honestly It's easier to answer questions with specific information and not just community. Are you looking for a bio-tope, cold water community, tropical community, sub tropical


Sorry for all the questions but I'm determined to get my new setup done right, it's just the shape of the tank that's throwing me off.

What is your water hardness and PH
What is your substrate?
Are you looking at any centerpiece fish?

matthewmcw 04-22-2012 10:01 AM

Hey,

Thanks for the amazingly quick responses, appreciated :-D

Still haven't tested my tap water PH levels so I guess I should hold off asking the question about fish.

Thanks Mo, your answers to my other questions where superb. In regards to the filter, I was just wanting to know if it would provide enough oxygen not soo much bothered about the flow. But you gave me the answer I was hoping for.

Same with the heater, will pobably sit it near the highest flow point, will test different areas of the tank wth thermometers to make sure the heat is spreading eveningly.

So thanks again for the answers.


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