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post #11 of 14 Old 05-11-2018, 05:09 AM
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How Big is Too Big for a Novice?

I didnít find a 125 to be any more work than a 55, but Iím sure that has to do with how the tank is set up.

Iím sure you already know this but youíll need to make sure the tank is perpendicular to the floor joists on a load bearing wall. I donít know your house or anything so itís possible you might need to provide some additional support from underneath.

Thereís always a better way . Get yourself a water changer. Python is what a lot of people use, but there are other brands, and if your even a little bit handy you can make one yourself. However, seems like a lot of things are cheaper to buy than make yourself now...



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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta

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post #12 of 14 Old 05-11-2018, 06:56 AM
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With the 55g I used a 5g bucket to schlep the water... is there a better way?
yes there is a better way.....

i am going to show my age here....i bought one of these in 1992 and i still use it today....

https://www.bigalspets.com/ca/python....html?sku=2018

i have not carried a bucket since the day i bought it, i have over 25 tanks, couldn't imagine doing it all with buckets,

it is well worth the money considering how much use and convenience you will get out of it
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-19-2018, 02:31 AM
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The Python is pricey. I did it the DIY way with a waterbed drain/fill kit from amazon for $8, used my old siphon and just added the amount of hose I needed. https://www.amazon.com/RPS-PRODUCTS-.../dp/B000FT2PUO
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I priced it out for someone the other day and you can save yourself $5-10 assembling one yourself. The bulk of the cost is the hose - if you can get by with a 15ft then youíll save yourself more since pythons come with 25ft minimum. If you already have a hose to use obviously thatís a significant savings.

Just a suggestion - the brass adapter piece is worth the $5.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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