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My 55g tank

Vincenia

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I gotten this tank about 7 months ago now. Currently it's now fully stocked, maybe a bit over. Looking to replace my 2 AC filters with one AC 110 filter. Also replacing the dual lights with a single LED Light strip and replace the two heaters with one. This tank replaced the 2 20g I had set up. It's lightly plants right now, but looking into getting more plants including Jungle Val and Swords. Maybe some hair grass as well. Still debating. I'll post photos later, just been busy.

Here's the stock:
15 Tetras (Black Neons and Glow lights)
5 SA Bumblebee Catfish
6 Albino Corys
1 Koi Angel
7 male mixed mollys
7 female mixed molly
1 Bulldog Pleco

It's bit over stocked I know.
 

myswtsins

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I need pictures or I can't understand what I'm reading! :)

Sounds like a lot of replace 2 with 1. Why? 2 is usually better than 1 for backup and redundancy. 2 filters is especially useful cause you can clean one at a time leaving the bacteria perfectly fine in the other one, more media to steal for a QT or hospital tank or just take a whole filter even etc. Being overstocked I'd say you should get a AC110 and keep one of your smaller filters too. A lot of people use 2 appropriately sized heaters as a fail safe too.
 

Vincenia

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I'll post photos later today.

I'll replace the AC 50 with the 110 and leave the 70 running with it. I currently havr one heater one out of the two. I'm just trying to cut down on cords plugged in.
 

FreshyFresh

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I had two AC70s running on my 55g, until I got another 55g and swapped one over to it. 2 of them was too much turbulence for a planted 55g. Fine if not planted.
 

myswtsins

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I had two AC70s running on my 55g, until I got another 55g and swapped one over to it. 2 of them was too much turbulence for a planted 55g. Fine if not planted.
Really? Hmm. I've never found that to be a problem. I had 2 rena XP3s (total of 700 gph) on my 72 planted. Actually I always aim for a 10x turnover rate in my planted tanks. The difference could be due to the nature of returning water though. Spraybars disperse the water quite differently than a HOB. Another reason I prefer canisters (more control of water flow).

So maybe Kayla should stick with the AC 50 & 70?
 

Vincenia

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I would prefer a bigger filter. I would get a canister, but no where to put a cansiter filter. Tank is sitting on a solid oak dresser, no issues really. It's really relaxing to look at from my bed.

Here's a photo when I was in a middle of a water change.

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tanker

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I think your set up is fine with an AC70 and an AC110 together.

PS--I do not think you are over stocked, but I would bring the water higher.
 

Vincenia

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I have to order an AC 110. Just ordered the light, just waiting for itbto arrive.

How am I not over stocked?
 

tanker

Josh Holloway--Be mine!!!
How am I not over stocked?
Why do you think you are over stocked?
BIO load wise, my 100gal has more then twice you stock. It has been running like this for years. My Cardinals are almost 8yrs (if I can remember when I bought them).
 

Vincenia

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I might up the school of tetras with a few more glow lights. I like the glow lights and black neons. I want to add plants first before anything else.
 
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