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Hello Everyone! This is my first ever post.

I currently have a 29 gallon Aqueon tanks which is super overcrowded. It is my very first fish tank/aquarium, so everything fish-wise is a new experience! (I also went overboard)

I am receiving a 125 gallon Aqueon tank on Thursday, and am wondering if I could please get advice with what I currently have and on what I will need for the new 125g tank. Tips on what light/hood/top I should use for the 125 gallon tank, best filtration, etc. is what I am looking for.

Thank you ahead of time to everyone. ANY advice/tip is greatly appreciated!
 

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Do you have a budget that you want to stick to? Any idea on what type of equipment you want - and tank setup? For example, if you want a lush planted scape then I would suggest high powered lights, good substrate, fertilizers and filtration/watermoving and whatnot.

If your looking for just something similar, like fake plants and whatnot, you don't really need lights - its more for your viewing pleasure - and a lot of the equipment you need for a planted tank certainly isnt necessary.

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Hello Everyone! This is my first ever post.



I currently have a 29 gallon Aqueon tanks which is super overcrowded. It is my very first fish tank/aquarium, so everything fish-wise is a new experience! (I also went overboard)



I am receiving a 125 gallon Aqueon tank on Thursday, and am wondering if I could please get advice with what I currently have and on what I will need for the new 125g tank. Tips on what light/hood/top I should use for the 125 gallon tank, best filtration, etc. is what I am looking for.



Thank you ahead of time to everyone. ANY advice/tip is greatly appreciated!


I have a couple of 125s and very much prefer to have 2-3 smaller filters on them rather than 1 giant one. If you are looking to simply move everything to the big tank, you can move the filter media from the small tanks filter into the new filters of the big tank - that will preserve your established cycle so that your big tank will be ready to accept fish.


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This site helped me a lot. You put in the tank, find and add your fish, then select different filters to see the filtration percentage.

AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor

Battle scars from Windows 3.1 networking have me set on redundancy so I use more than one kind of filtration.

I like Marineland Penguin HoBs because they have 4 slots and a refillable filter cartridge you can use with any media. Many fish do not like the currents from the water cascading back into the tank and some folks do not like the waterfall noise. Cut the top and bottom off a water bottle, slice it down one side, open and slide it over the output=Volia baffle. I wanted "pretty" baffles so I found half cylinder light fixture covers and buried them in active carbon with weekly hot water changes for two weeks.

I am undecided about a "best" canister filter brand. I have seen reports that this or that canister "sprang a leak and emptied my tank on to the floor." I found a pretty planter with a closed bottom, drilled one hole into the bottom (drain) and two holes half way up the side (intake and return lines,) flipped a colander upside down, and put the canister on/in that. 1" OD clear tubing runs from the drain hole back into the tank. My tanks are on NSF heavy duty wire racks so the canister is directly above the tank. That said neither of my Eheims leak or are noisy. I am getting a Fuval Fx4 next week for a smaller tank. I will update after that has run for a week but i do not expect much difference. For me it was a matter of what I could find on "scratch/dent/clearance."

I am in the process of adding air driven box filters to my tanks. They are a very old school filter system I am just learning about.

Last but not least, I have solid unit under gravel filtration in all but my hospital/quarantine tank. UGFs are a battle ground because they can go very bad very fast if you do not put in the work to clean and maintain them. Think of them as the Discus of the filtration world. Lots of work but beautiful results. By clean them, I mean triple dose the tank with tap water conditioner, move the gravel away from the uptake tubes, replace them with tight fitting flexible tubes, run 3 of them to a drain, and attach a water pump to the 4th. Balancing the input tap water from a Python attached to a faucet against the pump/drains takes a bit of practice but is worth it. I also drive the input through the gravel around the edges of the UGF plate.

But wait you say, that wipes out the good bacteria. And suddenly my redundant filtration makes sense. I deliberately and maliciously crash one of my three (soon to be 4) filtration systems every week by cleaning it spotless in the laziest way possible. For each filtration kind the set up takes about 20mins and the cleaning takes about 20mins.

If you decide to go with just one, then I would choose the Marineland Penguin HoB with 2 sponges, 1 zeolite, and 1 purigen in the 4 slots. It is the least expensive and gives you the most flexibility in media types. If you keep sponges in two of the 4 slots, then you can pull all the filters but one sponge out and refrigerate them with a little tank water and a tiny sprinkle of fish food while treating the most common fish diseases (most treatments kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.)
 

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125 gallon filtration suggestion

I am in the process of adding air driven box filters to my tanks. They are a very old school filter system I am just learning about.

:surprise: I remember them from when I was a child (I'm 65 now). They are sometimes temperamental, but they work. Not sure why anyone would use one in this day and age, but...to each his own.

I have a 75 gallon tank with a dozen kribensis and 12 neons as dither fish. Two bristle-nose plecos, 4 Cory Elegans, 10 nerite and 10 tiger nerite snails round out the group, all of whom get along quite well.

The kribs get along great so long as no one is breeding, at which point they get territorial, but my tank is heavily planted and there are plenty of rock and clay pot caves so, it's a "happy tank."

I'm running TWO Aquatop canisters, a small AF-250 and a Forza-13. Neither has ever leaked a drop! I alternate between cleaning them (in tank water) every couple of months. Water flow and parameters are perfect. When re-assembling the cannisters, be sure to use a silicone-based O-ring lube ($3.49 at Home Depot) and the likelihood of a canister ever leaking drops markedly. Finally Home Depot has a battery powered water alarm that emits a piercing scream if even 1/32" of water accumulates in/under your cabinet. Again VERY cheap insurance for your 125G beauty!!

Also, I bought an Olympia five stage reverse osmosis filtration system that produces 50 gallons per day, and use the RO water for water changes. Again, Home Depot, (inexpensive). Taken together, these devices have kept my fish healthy & happy, and my tank water crystal clear and algae free.

I strongly recommend dual filtration of your choice. That way your tank always has biological as well as mechanical filtration, even if one goes down.

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I forgot to say...


If you want to put your canister above your tank, you will need a water pump to assist. Adjustable was about $20.


"I remember them from when I was a child (I'm 65 now). They are sometimes temperamental, but they work. Not sure why anyone would use one in this day and age, but...to each his own."

Select Aquatics of Erie, CO. has me talked into trying a tank his way. I live upstairs so anything that reduces the weight of a tank is worth trying.
 
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