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125 gallon questions

Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by user_name, Dec 26, 2011.

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    user_name Senior_Member

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    I just got a brand spanking new 125 gallon from Petsmart to house my current Dempsey (2") and hopefully some other fish. I got the tank, stand and lights, but still need to determine the filters, heater(s), and pick up pool filter sand for the substrate. I'm planning on stocking the tank with:

    -1 Jack Dempsey (the one I have now in my 55, currently 2")
    -4-6 Eartheaters
    -5 Pictus Catfish

    Would the Dempsey and pictus get along? Also, what would be good species of eartheater to look into?

    My plan for filtration is to use 2 hydro V sponge filters along with a nice and beefy HOB filter, along with weekly water changes (I'm thinking about 30% once a week). Will this work, and if not, what would be a good alternative?

    The guy at my local Petsmart (awesome store and employees btw) reccomended me manzanitaburlworks.com for driftwood, has anyone else used them before?

    I'm wicked excited for this tank, and can't wait to get it up and running! All advice/help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    I'm picking up the filters and heater in a little bit, would be nice to know what others use on theirs...
     
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    I'd bump up your filtration if you have the money. Personally I'd get a canister filter in addition but if that is too much another HOB.

    For Geos there are a bunch to choose from. Some of the easiest to find would be G. abalios or G. altifrons. What is your pH and hardness like? Some species are very sensitive while others aren't.

    Oh and keep an eye on your demsey as it gets bigger, probably going to be more aggressive than the Geos
     
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    I agree that I think you need more filtration. I have 3 eheim 2217s on my 125 right now. It works good for me right now with light stocking, but some would think I am still underfiltered. Minimum I would add another big HOB.
     
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    Would I better off going with a canister than with the two HOBs? (Thinking 2 AC 110s along with the sponge filters) What are the best canisters for the money?
     
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    My PH is usually right around 7, not sure of my hardness. I don't think it's very extreme, if I need to then I'll buy the Master Test kit with any money I have leftover...

    Those geos look wicked nice, but I'm not sure if they'd work well. The altifrons appear to get huge, and I've seen that they like to be in much bigger groups than I think would work well for the tank. I'm looking at Juruparis or Luecosticas right now, how would they do in this set-up? Also, does it make more sense to get them as adults or near adults, that way my JD won't outgrow them very quickly?
     
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    Canister versus hob is a matter of preference. I have canisters on my 125, but am going with hobs for my new 90. Whatever u are comfortable with. The sponge filters pack a lot of bio and I really like them. You will get a lot from them IMO.
     
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    I picked up a marineland C-360, and plan to use this with the the two hydro V sponge filters. The guy at Petsmart told me that I'd want to get a powerhead for the other end of the tank to help with circulation, is this true or will the sponges + canister be enough? I also got 3 aqueon pro 150 heaters, they're rated for 55 gallons each. Does this sound good for the stock I plan on getting?
     
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    Tank is filled and everything works great! The C-360 is amazing, it runs wicked quietly and was very easy to assemble/install. I plan on taking a ride down to Uncle Ned's fish Factory asap to check out what eartheaters are available to me, and hopefully pick up the Hydro V sponge filters.

    Is it alright for me to move my JD into the tank tommorow, and then how long until it's time to start adding Pictus?
     
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    Are u insta cycling from an already established tank?
     
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    Yep, I'm moving my Top Fin 40 over tommorow.
     
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    Actually scratch that, I'll put the cartridge from the top fin 40 into my top fin 60 and use that.
     
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    Then I would move the jd right over. It should be fine. Then cautiously add your fish over time.
     
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    ^^ +1 ^^ Also make sure to keep up on water changes and monitor your nitrite and ammonia levels
     
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    Tank is set up and going good. I added my krib to test the waters, and she is doing good but will be going back to the 37 when I get fishies tommorow. I picked up a bunch of plants, a deep blue sea sponge filter (rated for up to 125), a wicked nice driftwood centerpiece and some flourite substrate. The guy at the store (Tropical Isle, was a wicked big place and seemed to have good staff) reccomended that I put the flourite in "pockets" around where the plants are, and then filling over it with PFS. I took his advice, and set up the tank that way. I had a LOT of cloudiness at first, but a nice big water change and some time has cleared most of it up.

    I got a 60 dollar gift certificate to go back (we spent a LOT there), so I'm thinking about picking up the eartheaters there. They had some very nice Jurupari juvies there, about .5" to 1" bigger than my JD. Would 4 of these guys work with the JD? I plan on going tommorow, as the gift certificate expires on sat. So right now my stocking plan is:

    -The JD (1.5"-2" currently)
    -4 Jurupari (2"-2.5" currently)
    -4-6 Pictus (Not sure on this number)

    My filtration will be the Deep Blue sponge filter and my marineland C360. I plan on getting 10k watt bulbs at Petco tommorow, and plan on making a custom hood/canopy eventually. Let me know what you guys
     
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    Also, thank you for all your help so far everyone! AC has always been extremely helpful with my various ideas and tanks, thank you all for making this possible!
     
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    Jurupari are floating (in bags thank god, they're not floating floating) in the 125, gonna move my JD over tonight and get pictus tommorow. My plan is to qt the pictus for 2 weeks to make sure I don't introduce ick or anything else that's nasty. Does a temp of 80 sound good for the Jurupari, JD and pictus?
     
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    JD was added 30 minutes ago, he's getting along awesome with the Jurupari. For awhile he was "schooling" with them, and was even picking at the sand trying to sift it! It's pretty funny (at least to me) to watch him follow them around. He's been a little aggressive, he just kinda flared and gave a little bit (6" max) of a chase to the Jurupari, who back off a little bit but don't let him push them around. The Jurupari either all school, or have 1 seperated from the rest doing his own thing. (Usually this one is the biggest.)

    I'm getting the pictus tommorow, and they'll go into my 55 for qt.
     
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    Pictus are in the qt tank, I got 4. The JD and Jurupari are doing great, I'm having a hard time getting the jurupari food though. Would something like wafers work for feeding the Jurupari, or should I keep trying NLS pellets and Omega 1 flakes?
     
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    Well, the pictus are still in the 55g and everyone else is doing fine. I'm thinking of bringing the pictus back and getting a Birchir or ropefish, as I've heard nothing but bad things about mixing the pictus with the juvie Jurupari from people online. I'm now thinking for stocking: 4 Jurupari, 1 JD, 1 Ornate Birchir

    Does this sound good, or can I get more Birchir? Or is there another fish you guys would reccomend?
     

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