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We have a 20, 35, and 2 x 55 gallon tanks. Today we took the plunge and put a 6 foot, 125 gallon tank with stand on layaway. It will be our last tank.



It'll take a couple of months for me to pay off the tank, stand, heaters, filter, etc which gives me plenty of time to figure out what kind of substrate I want, whether or not I am finally going to try live plants, and what kind of fish to keep. Actually, i'm not even sure what kind of filter to get yet.

Our current tanks are very colorful and artificial looking (think Vegas, tacky but entertaining) as you can see in these pictures:





I'm thinking I would like the new tank to look more natural. We're going to use it as a room divider in our basement so it will be visible from both sides of the tank, we won't be using a background. So far I'm leaning toward some Balas, Barbs, and Loaches, if the tank is big enough.

Can't wait to get the sucker home and set up! Going to be a long couple of months. My 3 year wedding anniversary is July 18 and I'm hoping to have it then, as this is my anniversary gift.
 

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We have a 20, 35, and 2 x 55 gallon tanks. Today we took the plunge and put a 6 foot, 125 gallon tank with stand on layaway. It will be our last tank.



It'll take a couple of months for me to pay off the tank, stand, heaters, filter, etc which gives me plenty of time to figure out what kind of substrate I want, whether or not I am finally going to try live plants, and what kind of fish to keep. Actually, i'm not even sure what kind of filter to get yet.

Our current tanks are very colorful and artificial looking (think Vegas, tacky but entertaining) as you can see in these pictures:





I'm thinking I would like the new tank to look more natural. We're going to use it as a room divider in our basement so it will be visible from both sides of the tank, we won't be using a background. So far I'm leaning toward some Balas, Barbs, and Loaches, if the tank is big enough.

Can't wait to get the sucker home and set up! Going to be a long couple of months. My 3 year wedding anniversary is July 18 and I'm hoping to have it then, as this is my anniversary gift.

Your going to enjoy it. Mine has been up and running for 4 weeks now. Started planting and adding some of the fish I wont. Check out my tank, it may give you some ideas if you are going the natural route.
 

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A 6 foot tank would be the minimum for Bala Shark, you would need to get at least 5 of them.

As for fish that can go with them, they would have to be large enough not to fit in their mouths.

However, these guys do not work with most plants. About all you could have is Java Fern (it tastes bad to fish). Most everything else they will eat.
 

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Jealous!

Keep us posted on progress.
 

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So awesome. I would def recommend live plants, natural aquariums, esp large ones, really give off that slice of the outdoors feel. Like looking through a window into a different world.
 

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Congrats! I wished I had the room=money for a 125. I think going planted along with playsand for substrate would look great!! As for fish, you can fill it all kinds of colorful and interesting schooling fish. Just my opinion.
 

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I just finished reading about Java Fern, and it sounds like a great way to try live plants for the first time. My LFS carries a bunch of plants, i'll have to check next time I'm in and see if the Java Fern is one of them.

As far as playsand goes, is that harder to maintain than the typical sized ornamental colored substrate I have in my current tanks? I hadn't really considered going with sand.
 

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I would say go with cichlids. If large, go Central American or South American,. If smaller go with Africans =, Dwarf Cichlids, or even Rams. Whatever you choose, have fun with it. Can wait to see the whole process unfold, it was exciting for me to just get mine up and running, and now I'm beginning to add all the fish I truly want in it!
 

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I just finished reading about Java Fern, and it sounds like a great way to try live plants for the first time. My LFS carries a bunch of plants, i'll have to check next time I'm in and see if the Java Fern is one of them.
Anubias, Java Fern, and theres another (one that taste bad to fish), but I can't remember the name of it. All are fairly easy to keep maintained.
 
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I would say go with cichlids. If large, go Central American or South American,. If smaller go with Africans =, Dwarf Cichlids, or even Rams. Whatever you choose, have fun with it. Can wait to see the whole process unfold, it was exciting for me to just get mine up and running, and now I'm beginning to add all the fish I truly want in it!
I was thinking about cichlids once before, and my LFS said my city has soft water, and the PH and softness make it best for South American Cichlids. HOWEVER, they mostly stock African Cichlids, due to a greater demand, despite water conditions. Is it difficult to raise the PH and hardness in water to accommodate African cichlids? That's something I'll have to research more while I am waiting for the tank. There certainly are some colorful, interesting cichlids, though I've had a hard time finding ones that can live together.

I looked at that other plant you mentioned, and they both look promising. They both state "low light", I'm not sure what the brightness or intensity of the bulb that comes with my tank is. Something else to research.

I have a friend with a 150 gallon aquarium who runs 2 x aquaclear 110 HOB filters. Would I be better off doing that, or getting a canister filter? Is there a brand of canister filter that is reliable but not prohibitively expensive?

Thanks everyone for the info.
 

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I would skip the Bala sharks unless you really want them. If you do plan the tank around them. The loaches and barbs should get along good together. I'm not sure about the larger species like Tinfoil barb but smaller barbs like tiger barbs and Cherry barbs really need plants to feel happy.

Dont skimp on the equipment like heaters, filter and lights either. Get good stuff and do it right from the begining. I really wish I had understood how much easier this would have made my life before getting all my tanks and then trying to upgrade equipment.

Get a canister filter. It is so much better then HOB.
 

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I would skip the Bala sharks unless you really want them. If you do plan the tank around them. The loaches and barbs should get along good together. I'm not sure about the larger species like Tinfoil barb but smaller barbs like tiger barbs and Cherry barbs really need plants to feel happy.

Dont skimp on the equipment like heaters, filter and lights either. Get good stuff and do it right from the begining. I really wish I had understood how much easier this would have made my life before getting all my tanks and then trying to upgrade equipment.

Get a canister filter. It is so much better then HOB.
I agree, when it comes to equipment get very BEST you can afford, don't cheap out. It'll save alot money in the long run. I'm saving to get an canister filter I want the very best I for my tank.
 

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I would skip the Bala sharks unless you really want them. If you do plan the tank around them. The loaches and barbs should get along good together. I'm not sure about the larger species like Tinfoil barb but smaller barbs like tiger barbs and Cherry barbs really need plants to feel happy.

Dont skimp on the equipment like heaters, filter and lights either. Get good stuff and do it right from the begining. I really wish I had understood how much easier this would have made my life before getting all my tanks and then trying to upgrade equipment.

Get a canister filter. It is so much better then HOB.
Should a tank this size have two heaters? The tank is going in my basement, and I live in Canada, so I really need a reliable heat source. Gets chilly down there in the winter.

I was thinking tiger barbs and rosy barbs for companions if I went with the balas. Possibly polkadot loaches as well, and 1 common pleco.

Edit: Just looking at the profile for the common pleco here and it sounds like maybe I should go with a smaller pleco. I have a bristlenose pleco in my 20 gallon and in one of my 55 gallon tanks. I'll see if there's a species of pleco that grows larger than the bristlenose but smaller than the common pleco.
 

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Should a tank this size have two heaters? The tank is going in my basement, and I live in Canada, so I really need a reliable heat source. Gets chilly down there in the winter.

I was thinking tiger barbs and rosy barbs for companions if I went with the balas. Possibly polkadot loaches as well, and 1 common pleco.
As the filter I think two or one VERY good one should do. But what I really noticed is that you plan on keeping Rosy Barb, they prefer much cooler water(64-72) than the other you want to keep.
 

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As the filter I think two or one VERY good one should do. But what I really noticed is that you plan on keeping Rosy Barb, they prefer much cooler water(64-72) than the other you want to keep.
That's what I get for trusting aqadvisor. It didn't catch the temperature incompatibility. Thanks for the heads up. What would an example of a VERY good filter that would be adequate on its own? I've only owned HOB filters, and only aquaclears and tetras, so I am completely unfamiliar with the canister filter brands and capacities.

My 55 gallon tanks were easy, just slap a couple of aquaclear 70s on the back of each, and my tanks have always been clean and clear, with no ammonia or nitrite problems.
 

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That's what I get for trusting aqadvisor. It didn't catch the temperature incompatibility. Thanks for the heads up. What would an example of a VERY good filter that would be adequate on its own? I've only owned HOB filters, and only aquaclears and tetras, so I am completely unfamiliar with the canister filter brands and capacities.

My 55 gallon tanks were easy, just slap a couple of aquaclear 70s on the back of each, and my tanks have always been clean and clear, with no ammonia or nitrite problems.
Fluval and EHEIM, are two brands. There's others, but those came off the top of my head. Be prepared though, they are pricey.
 

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Fluval and EHEIM, are two brands. There's others, but those came off the top of my head. Be prepared though, they are pricey.
I was looking at the EHEIMs yesterday and it looks like I'd be paying minimum $250 CAD before tax, probably closer to $300.

Comparatively, Aquaclear 110s are $100 so it's be $200 for 2. However, after spending all this money on a tank and stand, I'm not gonna go inferior just to save a $100.

I'm also FINALLY going to get a 50 foot python. Up until now I've used buckets for my weekly water changes. My wife helps and we use 4 buckets at once. It sucks. I saw a picture on the python packaging at my LFS and there's a cartoon of a schmuck filling his tank with buckets and it looks exactly like me when I do it.
 

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I was looking at the EHEIMs yesterday and it looks like I'd be paying minimum $250 CAD before tax, probably closer to $300.

Comparatively, Aquaclear 110s are $100 so it's be $200 for 2. However, after spending all this money on a tank and stand, I'm not gonna go inferior just to save a $100.

I'm also FINALLY going to get a 50 foot python. Up until now I've used buckets for my weekly water changes. My wife helps and we use 4 buckets at once. It sucks. I saw a picture on the python packaging at my LFS and there's a cartoon of a schmuck filling his tank with buckets and it looks exactly like me when I do it.
A python's also on my list on things to get. I'm soooooooo tired of using my mom's crab pot, lol I'm pretty sure she is too.:-D Plus I don't enjoy starting to vac and getting a mouthful of fish water.:sick:
 
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