Thread: A Fresh Start
03-18-2013, 01:59 AM #1Aquarium Addict CoryCat
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A Fresh Start
Over my break from Aquatic Community, I've read a few books and researched some topics on cycling tanks in general. My new plan is to purchase a 75 gallon tank, an EHEIM Ecco 2236 canister filter, and 10 rosy red minnows along with 150 lbs. of river gravel. This 75 gal will be connected via tubing to a 10 gallon refugium filled with aquatic plants, which is then connected to another 10 Gallon tank with the filter. The water is then returned to the main 75g.
Is this a good setup so far?
P.S. How's it been everyone? :)10 Gallon: 5 Peppered Corys | Pool Filter Sand | x2 AquaTech 5-15 Power Filter | 2 plastic plants
03-24-2013, 03:23 PM #2
Id have the filter (if it mechanical) first to remove all the detridus. Otherwise your planted tank will look rather messy. I generally dont go for lbs of gravel but 1-2 inches of substrate.
My 210 gallon reef tank only needs 80 lbs of live sand to achieve this. So in assuming your shooting for 4 inch gravel bed.
Caution with deep gravel beds if you dont clean them regularly due to nitrogen air bubbles causing a tank crash.
03-25-2013, 02:54 AM #3
Sounds like a interesting set-up. I have read about others successfully having a similar style set-up as yours. There are a few examples on you-tube as well/
If your planning a journel, I will certainly look forward to reading it.
What type of plants are you thinking about for the refugium and are you also planning the main tank to be planted ?If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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03-25-2013, 09:47 PM #4Aquarium Addict CoryCat
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Top Fin® 75g Aquarium Hood Combo = $235
EHEIM Classic External Canister Filter Model 2215 = $150
x7 Top Fin® River Gravel (10lb.) = $77
Fluval Submersible Glass Heater = $34
I might be able to achieve this via saving money (as I currently don't have a job). For the journal, should I make one (my older one wouldn't work a while back, so I just quit at trying to put an entry in) or not? Right now, I have eight Rosy Red Minnows in a 10g tank which doesn't even have a hood. (I accidentally killed my last fish that I had for over 6 months by overheating a small 1/2g spare tank while trying to clean the main one.)
My future DT might be planted. I'll have to read up on the plants I want. Do you recommend any beginner plants for my planned 75g?10 Gallon: 5 Peppered Corys | Pool Filter Sand | x2 AquaTech 5-15 Power Filter | 2 plastic plants