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Alright everyone, so as you know, I got a BGK (and lost it) this week. My other thread got crowded and was no longer about the original BGK so I thought it was best left for the archives. Well, I returned my Oscar this morning and picked up a ceramic log to add to the tank. The LFS was the next stop and they aren't getting the BGK shipment in until 3pm so I won't be getting a new one today. I am honestly thinking about waiting until their next shipment for the QT to establish a bit more and so I can change out the substrate that is raising my pH to what I will now be using in the other tank. I have had to completely break down my 75 after it sprung a leak. ):

The QT;
Here is the tank as it sits this moment;

It's reading 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and 5-ish nitrates. Without the Oscar in it, I put fish food in the net for ammonia. I'll be using actual ammonia to re-cycle the 75 but I have to be careful because I am 6 months pregnant. I am going to switch the sand Monday or Tuesday to PFS and watch for any spikes in my readings. If I have an all clear after that week, then I will be adding the BGK the week after.

The BGK;
I have ordered Hikari Carnivore pellets and NLS community pellets (they were out of the appropriate sized general pellets when I ordered) I also have API bottom feeder shrimp pellets, Hikari Cichlid Gold and another brand shrimp pellets I can't think of off the top of my head at the moment. As far as frozen foods, I have Bloodworms, Beefheart and Brine Shrimp as well as freeze-dried bloodworms.

The 75;
I have thrown all of my gravel out and am going to be switching to PFS.

So far, I'd like to stock 2 pairs of angels, and grow-out a BGK, a fire eel and a small school (5) clown loaches.
I have a deal worked out with the LFS regarding the loaches where once they get too large for the tank, they will take them back and give me 5 smaller ones (the larger ones bring more profit for them). Everyone will be moved to a plywood 300 gal I'm building when they get too large but the eel and BGK are so slow growing it'll be a while. Would two pairs of angels be okay in this tank or should I stick to one? I am having a hard time finding information online but the general consensus seems to be they have a 2ft territory so that would mean my 4ft tank would be fine.

I am switching the filtration on the tank to two Emperor 400s and possibly eventually a canister as well. What is the best thing to put in the media baskets on the Emperors?

Thank you in advance for all of your advice,
Timber

On a side note, is there a way to change your username? I wasn't paying attention when I made my account and was just throwing my name in slots. I really don't like that it is my name. Thanks again!
 

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Don't waste money on the HOBs - go straight to the canister(s).
 

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The canister was gonna come along when I got rich, lol. I'm on a limited budget as of now.
 

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Don't need to be rich to run canisters. The sunsun canisters are very affordable. I have 4 of them and like them very much.
 

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Sunsuns are around $100, I ordered two emperor 400s for $79. I figured the two emperors would be better than one sunsun right now.


I just saw a mosquito-larve looking thing in the tank. Just one and very very small. What could it be?
 

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The big 525 GPH one comes in at a little under $100. The 370 GPH model is about $75 and the 265 GPH model is about $50.

No, they are not better than the canister. Not even close. There really is no comparison between HOBs and canisters.
 

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Which one (gph) would you recommend alongside the emperors? I'll be sure to get that next. The inhabitants need a very clean tank so I'm all for adding another filter, not to mention I've never run a canister before, exciting!
 

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Which one (gph) would you recommend alongside the emperors? I'll be sure to get that next. The inhabitants need a very clean tank so I'm all for adding another filter, not to mention I've never run a canister before, exciting!
I don't recommend any be used in conjunction with two emperor 400s. Too much water movement for a 75.

Were it my tank I would get a 370 and a 265.
 

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Which do you suggest getting first? I'm going to cycle with the HOBs just because I already ordered them but the canisters will be replacing them as soon as possible, one at a time.
 

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I don't think it particularly matters which you swap out first. The 265 gph model holds more media than both emperors combined. When you are ready to swap one out, just put the media from the emperor in the canister to transfer the bacteria.
 

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Alright. Did I cover food well for the BGK? I read that they really like the Hikari carnivore so I figured it was worth a shot alongside the food you recommended.
 

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I suppose - I only feed NLS thera A so I don't know what else they may eat.
 
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