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  1. I have been trying to use HOB filters for 125–but would like to try a sump. Since the tank is already in use I don’t want to drill it. I have an extra 10 gallon and a 29 gallon tank to use. Would either size work? Also, I wonder if any of you could suggest a favorite design for intake and output tubes. There are YTube videos—but what have any of you used and would suggest? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!😊
  2. Hi. Long time no see. It has been a trip, getting the house to be functional and I am more than ready for the fun part. We finally reinforced the floor, and filled the 125 gallon in the living room. So far, I have a corner matten filter powered by an 800GPH submersible, a thin layer of dirt capped with ~75lb black diamond sand, lights and nothing else. Blank slate. I need more sand/gravel...Hard scape (may use granite slabs and round river rock, which will help anchor plants), plants....a cover, possibly a heater. pH will be low 6.5-7.4, hoping to keep temps 76-78F. Stocking list so far (fish I have in other tanks): Electric Blue Acaras-- I have 2 adults and 10 juveniles, but not keeping all. One blue marbled angel--need more, some one should trade me for acaras. 10 adult albino corydoras As many maylasian trumpet snails as I can dig out of my other tanks--need more! Wishlist: more angels--5-6 total planned. blue and yellow colors. otocinculs or ? Synodontis eupterus--but this may be too big and agressive for the otos...? other chiclids have been considered, mostly geophagus and severums, or dwarfs like apistos, and in a brief crazy moment a lemon tiger oscar, but they are: too big for the tank will eat the otos possibly too small for the acaras hurt plants Planning simple hardy plants, anubias, bolbitis, java fern, valisnaria, frogbit, hornwort maybe, and trying to balance larger fish appetites with and not wanting to get anything that will eat Otos. If only there were a readily available giant oto... Help me solve my stocking issue, I want algae eaters that will stand up to the acaras, and if possible the Synodontis eupterus (I want my own pooka). Dithers are optional, there is enough going on in the tank. I am mostly becoming aware just how difficult it is to keep a tank clean with Acaras in it--they eat the snails I usually rely on, and while they have not bothered the otos yet, they could. The corys get the spilled food alright. Open to suggestions, really want it to stay clean-ish....The acaras are VERY messy. #noplecos
  3. My main display tank is a 125 planted community tank that's been setup for about 3 months. It looks like this (with some minor additions/rearranging). Stocking is as follows: 13-ish Red Wag Platies 20-ish Neon Tetras 11 Rummy Nose Tetras 20 Colombian Tetras 8 Boesemani Randowfish 4 Albino Bristlenose Plecos 4-ish Panda Corys 1 Dalmatian Molly 1 Amatitlania Nanolutea (A peaceful community cichild that I've heard called a "Gold Convict") I've recently noticed that the Neon and Rummynose Tetras all kind of congregate in one area of the tank and don't venture too far outside that area, even though they have an entire 6ft tank to swim in. The Neons stay pretty much in the pearlweed under the curved log on the right hand side and the Rummynose pretty much stay in the front right corner in front of the log on the bottom. They come out normally to eat and everything, but otherwise seem to spend their time in those two areas. I'm not positive that either one of them were all that active before, but I definitely remember the Rummynose going back and forth across the whole tank quite a bit. I had a Neon die on me the other day and I'm hoping it was just a fluke and not a matter of stress. My first instinct is to say that they're being bullied and forced into that area, but I really don't know who the culprit would be. The most recent additions are the Rainbows/Plecos about 2 weeks ago and the Colombians about 4 weeks ago. It's my understanding that Rainbows are super peaceful and shouldn't bother anyone. Colombians can have a reputation for being a bit nippy, but I've never observed any of this behavior and they should all be from similar geographic regions and should be compatible. The Gold Convict is very peaceful and I've never seen him messing with anyone. Is it just a matter of plant cover or an area to feel safe? Is it a matter of light? I have very dim lights that are on most of the day and then a brighter plant light that turns on for 4 hours a day in the afternoon, but I've never noticed a difference in behavior in lights on/lights off times. What would anyone recommend as a course of action? I have several other thanks that are empty that I could pull some out and throw into if I needed to, but honestly, I'd rather use those as originally planned. Anybody have any insight here?
  4. I've been here for quite awhile and have finally decided to start a journal on an aquarium project. I was finally able to find a 125 gallon tank semi-local (they are very hard to track down around here) and picked it up yesterday. It is pretty much bare bones tank and stand, no hood/lights/filter etc. So it's going to be a fun journey. This stand would not be my first choice by any means. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but it's heavy and in my house now so I may be stuck with it. Here is the new/old tank. I'm starting the clean out process today to get rid of the rest of the gravel and whatever else is left in it. I think if I keep updating on this journal it will encourage me to work a little harder and faster to get this thing up and running. 🤞
  5. So many things to consider! We are moving in the next couple of weeks to a new home. This would be a great time to upgrade the Rosaline Barbs and the Rosy Barbs to a bigger tank. (The 55 is looking to small). I hate spending money on the combo from the box store with the press board stand. The acrylic is a stretch for cost but would be lighter and perhaps stronger. But then the stand would break the budget for sure unless we can diy it and have it look nice in the living room. Any ideas or advice anyone can give? I would appreciate it so much.
  6. Hello! I recently compromised the stand that came with my 125 gallon tank through a slip up and water spill, I know I should've built my own from the start so now i recently completed a very nice DIY stand. However, I was wondering how best to go about moving this tank. I need to move it onto the floor briefly so I can remove the old stand and bring in the new one in its place, and then I need to move the 125 back onto the new stand. I'm guessing I 100% need to remove my fish right? So far its just small rainbows and Denison barbs, but I was barely able to catch these guys in a 15 gallon so how can I hope to catch them in a tank this big? I have barrels for draining the tank as much as possible which is good, but just how far do I need to drain this tank? All the way? Also I have roughly 150 pounds of sand (dry) and a good bit of rock and driftwood in there, do I need to remove these as well? If so how much? Thanks for all help you can offer on this topic! I've never had a tank this big and its been hard to find a guide for something exactly like this. I really appreciate each and everyone of you guys on here!
  7. Hey everyone. I’m looking at getting a new tank around 75-125 gallon. Need it to be no longer than 65”. Looking for recommendations on favorite brands. Looking at Marineland, aqueon and Topfin but nervous of the comments stating them leaking at the seams.
  8. I have a 125 gallon with a 4 foot fluval 3.0 and a 3 foot fluval 3.0. It is moderately planted with low to medium light plants. My question is how intense should i start off with these lights. I dont want to go way over board but not too little where the medium light plants wont make it. Because the tank is so wide my two lights dont like the whole tank front to back completely. The top corners are shaded will plants that grow into the shade die from no light. I have crypts, vallisneria, red melon sword, pogostemon stellatus octopus, anubias and java fern. thanks for any help
  9. I know I want 8 Rosaline sharks, a blue acara, a keyhole cichlid, some species of rainbows, and probably a rainbow shark, but I'm not sure what else might be good for this tank. I know I at the very least need a bottom dweller(s). I've given some thought to dwarf petricola (but I've heard there could be water chemistry compatibility issues plus they are very expensive), huge group bronze cories, raphael catfish, and even a senegal bichir. If you have any good ideas or recommendations for this tank please let me know! I've put a lot of time and money into this and being my dream tank since i joined the hobby 5 years ago, I want to make it the best it can be! Thanks so much for your time and help!
  10. Ok I'm trying to build a 125g congo tank I've been doing research and I'm wanting to know opinions on the following fish, Trying to narrow down a list and stocking numbers while I set up their home. African banded barbs Yellow fin congo tetra Blue diamond congo tetra Orange flash congo tetra Cherry red congo tetra Congo tetra Anomalochromis thomasi Pelvicachromis subocellatus matadi Pelvachromis taeniatus moliwe Pelvachromis taeniatus nigerian red Pelmatochromis Thomasi Banded Bushfish Leopard Bushfish Microctenopoma ansorgii Spiny Eel
  11. Hi all Has anyone had experience with selling on aqua bid? My main aquarium is a 125 gal planted community tank which is heavily planted with Anubis barteri and Java fern. I have had this tank set up for many years, which has let the Anubis & Java fern become well established. (some might say overgrown 😀) I want to slowly add more plant diversity and open space to my aquarium. Prior to COVID I would take excess plants to my local club, but currently we are not having in person meetings. Has anyone had any experience with selling on Aqua bid? In particular shipping plants like Anubis and Java fern . I have purchased live food starters from Aqua bid, but I have never sold anything. Any insight would be much appreciated.
  12. I’m getting a 125 set up.I think I have finalized what I want in my tank.1 blood parrot1 green severum2 blue acara5 silver dollars5 tapajos1 green terror?I know the terror is the most questionable part of this and I’m not sure if I will try it but the internet is telling me there is a chance. Each one has something somewhere that says it can be okay with the terror.A big part of what I’m wondering about this stocking is, assuming the terror is mellow, would this be too many fish?Or what if I abandon the terror and add a group of Bolivian rams like 5-6?
  13. So I just bought my first "large" aquarium. 125 gallon. I was hoping you all could show me how you have yours set up to give me ideas. It will be a planted community aquarium. The fish already in my 60 gallon are getting an upgrade. Also any pro tips of don't do xyz because of ABC. Thanks in advance!
  14. Hey guys I have a 125gal that I have Nicaraguan Cichlid, a small Synodontis Catfish, a Porthole Cory and a Congo Puffer. The Nicaraguan's are shy and need a dither fish. So I was using Giant Danio but when I add the Congo Puffer I noticed them bothering the Puffer and I don't want that. So I removed the Giant Danio and am looking for something else to help make the fish more comfortable. Anything out there that won't pester the puffer and would be fine with the Nicaraguan's? I worry about Tetra's out competing the puffer. Barbs, Mollies, Platy and Swordtail pestering the puffer. Guppies getting eaten bye the catfish.
  15. Currently running a well established 125 gallon planted tank. Finnex 24/7 lights, 40 gallon sump for filtration, few large pieces of driftwood and a bunch of plants, mostly Vals, Crypts, Anubias, a Melon Sword, and various forms of Java Fern, as well as some Java Moss. Currently houses a mixed group of Rainbowfish, school of 15 or so Corys, 12 Otos, as well as a few Amano Shrimp and mixed snails. Looking to possibly change up the stocking and looking for different, interesting stocking ideas! First thought is a Fahaka Puffer, and breeding snails and Crays in the sump. I'm a puffer fanatic! Yes, I'd rehome all other fish. Second thought is a massive group of Neocardinia Shrimp, along with a large school of Rummynose and a larger Centerpiece type fish. Other options? Thanx!
  16. I upgraded to a 125 and I want to get some red root floaters and big frogbit. I have chili Rasboras, honey gouramis, red neon eye rainbow fish and other nano fish who don’t care for big flow. Can I have my canister filters trickle so I can run the floaters without damage? I doubt oxygen will be a problem, but figured I’d ask anyways.
  17. Hello, happy Saturday! I have one of those 125 gallon kits from Petsmart, and am looking to upgrade the LED lights that came with it. My tank is currently central/south american cichlids. I am looking at the Fluval Aquasky 2.0s, mainly because i can get them in person. Because of the length I am guessing 2 of the 36" ones to be able to light the whole tank? Or would I be better of with three 24" models? Or is there a different light I should get? Thanks in advance.
  18. Help! I know I'm in the right place though. I am restarting my 125gal (freshwater this time, abandoned it as a saltwater tank 6 years ago). After kicking the rust off (metaphorically, of course) and getting the tank set up, and cycled, I am looking to add the following list of fish. My questions are: 1. Is this overstocked? 2. Do you foresee any compatibility issues with the list? 3. In what order would you recommend making additions and over what period of time? (1)Rainbow shark (1)Angelfish (1) Butterfly pleco (4)German blue ram cichlid (4)Boesemani Rainbowfish (10)blue tetra (10)harlequin rasbora (10) Guppies Thanks for your help!
  19. I am interested setting up a 125 gallon guppy tank. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to invest in 5 or 6 high quality show guppy triplets. I plan on just putting them in the tank and letting them do their thing. Was wondering if I could get some real pretty cappy's this way or if they would just all blend and give me basic fancy guppies.
  20. After a scary 4 hour power outage and subsequent fear of a cycle crash...(which didn’t happen, thank god!) I decided that an overhead sump would allow me to: 1: Grow pothos out of the aquarium without the goldfish tearing at the roots. 2: Cool the 125 tank off for the fish as it retains heat too much.(76 deg) 3: Have biological filtration that won’t die due to lack of oxygen like my canisters would. (Sponge filter got EATEN by Leo my Son’s giant oranda... he’s pretty but sooo dumb) 4: It’ll look so pretty for my kids and I can explain how the plants clean the water for their fish. I used a plastic planter box and some wood. Used a return spout hooked to a pump to get the water into the sump and a 1 inch bulkhead for the overflow. All I need now is some red lava rock to fill it and I can “plant” the pothos! I am also planning on hanging a light above it to supercharge the nitrate uptake. The rack is just 2x4s and some welded wire fence. P.S. Don’t hate on me for the saltwater stickers! Only ones I could find and my kids don’t know the difference. 🤣 UPDATE! See how big the pothos got!
  21. Got 13 clown loaches and got 3 bristle nose plecos 17 African cichlids and 4 catfish is that too much for that size tank ? Have a FX6 a Aquaclear 110 and a shark adv 800
  22. Hello, I am fairly new to having a planted tank and I have become obsessed. I’m hoping to pick someone’s mind on lighting. I have a 125 gallon aquarium with a Finnex+ 24/7 HLC 38w light. I have it on a timer from 8am to 8pm. I’m wondering if A. Is that enough light for my plants (Amazon swords, crypto, jungle Val, Anubis, etc)? And B. Do I put it on max mode all day or is it ok to have it go through the 24hr mode where it starts at a low sunrise, full spectum in afternoon, and then darken for night? My plants are not looking too great right now and I’m wondering if it’s lighting. I use eco complete, root tabs, potassium, and EZ green. Please enlighten me. thanks, jenny
  23. Hello Everyone, I know I am going to get a lot of mixed opinions here, but just wanted to see what some thoughts were. I currently have a 125 with 2 marineland emperor pro 400s on it, and a large coop sponge filter. The tank is stocked moderately with some corys, a bristlenose pletco, some mollies, platys, zebra danios, black skirt tetras, blood fin tetras, 4 roseline sharks, 2 angel fish, a couple ottocinclus, a bolivian ram and some nerite snails. Before you guys go crazy with the stocking options, the tank is heavily planted, and there is no aggression. Everyone is happy. It actually works well because with the type of fish in there, the fry from the mollies and platys stay in check and it doesn't get out of control. Anyhow, my filtration works and is adequate. I do not use the cartridges. I use some cut pieces of sponge, followed by some fine filter pad, followed by seachem matrix (pumice). Marinelands flow back to front, which makes it difficult to stack media efficiently. I want to upgrade to better HOBs where I can stack more media and have the water flow through it more efficiently, I am thinking of switching to two aquaclear 110s. I think it will work better because the water flows from bottom to top rather than back to front. Anyone have any other ideas / thoughts? I'm not really interested in a canister or sump set up. Thanks!
  24. Hello Forums, Once more, I am asking a question about stocking. Could I keep 6 Heckle Discus (Or Any Other Kind, Doesn't Matter), 3 Marbled Angelfish (Or Any Other Kind, Doesn't Matter), 12 Blue King (Cochu) Tetras, 6 Pygmy Cories, 3 Apistogramma Cacatuoides (A Male And Two Females), And 3 Bolivian Rams (Again, One Male And Two Females)? It looks like overstocking, but I'm not 100% sure, since I've never kept discus. Thoughts?
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