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  1. #1

    Default help with canister setup on 90g

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    Well I bought my 90g today with a stand, Rena xp3, 48inch led light with moonlights, it has crushed coral substrate with 100lb of rock work. I have it filled and running now. I have decided to make it a peacock tank with some synodontis...eventually. I bought the tank setup from a guy for $300.00. This guy had a huge Arowana with a mix of South American and African Cichlids...eeek. How should I setp the canister's 3 compartments. should I avoid carbon and just use filter floss? Use the middle for some sort of bio media. It came with a few stars. It has the black pads in the bottom. I hope 350gph will be okay. It says rated up to 175 gallons...yeah right.
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    If you are making this an peacock tank then u will be overstocking it a bit. In which case i would get more filtration for your tank. But as for the set up, i would do mech filter on bottom, full bio in the middle, and half bio on the top. That will allow u to put carbon or other chemical filter media on top of it.
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    I would suggest to have the Rena sponges in the bottom tray (those black pads) and fill the rest with biological filter media, such as bio-max.

    That should give you more surface areas to grow bacteria on as compared to other filter media

    You really don't need to run carbon unless there is something you want to remove from your water (like meds for example)
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    For the most part I keep my two xp3s the way Cliff suggested. Sometimes I will run a white floss pad on top for some fine filtering, but they clog faster than the pads so it means opening up the filter more. I use mostly seachems matrix as biomedia because in the 4 liter bucket online it was much cheaper.

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    I went out and purchased a second xp3 and have it running. My LFS guy gave me a bag of ceramic he uses in one of his canisters on a well stocked tank. It fills up the middle tray. I will have to buy some extra bio-media for the new one. I have a spray bar on top in the middle of the tank. The new canister did not come with a spray bar. It came with a nozzle. I figure one spray bar is enough and i should angle the nozzle down a bit and keep it in the back left corner. My hope is that it will circulate the water better. Is this to much flow for an African tank...or should I point it to the top like the spray bar? One more question instead of making a new thread what kind of synodontis, haps, and Pleco should I mix with the Peacocks?
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