New to the world of cichlids? For discussion on how to set up new tanks, including placement, filtration, substrates, water, etc. No stocking discussions here.
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:30 pm
Having issues with uploading pics but , just set up a 75 gallon tank with 2 Cascade 1000 filters and a Orlushy 300 watt heater and have to tell you I could not be happier with lesser name brands that work like the high end stuff. It’s been running for a few hours and crystal clean.
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:54 pm
See how they are doing after running 10 years or more.
The water should be crystal from the tap and never get cloudy, so do not give credit to the filter for that.
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:58 pm
Lol , I know but I’ve seen plenty of new tanks with very cloudy water for days... but I also had water clarify from Caribsea. It anyways very happy ....
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:14 pm
Glad you are happy. For future readers with the cloudy tanks, wash the substrate better!
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:46 pm
Lol . I do appreciate your input . It got me this far......
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:56 pm
My clear water comes from adequate water turnover of the filter(s) and polishing pads. I have a sump, and recently added canister running in the sump, in both my tanks. When I had my sump's water pump turned down to 40% capacity my water was always a bit cloudy with bits of debris floating throughout the tank. After I turned up the pump to 75%-80% and added the canister my water has been crystal clear.
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:07 pm
Ken , that is awesome. I am using bottom course sponge second heavy packed fluval biomax and the third small course sponge with a bunch of poly fill.
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:26 pm
I use poly fil myself, cheap and effective. Don't forget the weekly water changes which are just as important as adequate filtration.
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:09 am
Brian2020 wrote:Having issues with uploading pics but , just set up a 75 gallon tank with 2 Cascade 1000 filters and a Orlushy 300 watt heater and have to tell you I could not be happier with lesser name brands that work like the high end stuff. It’s been running for a few hours and crystal clean.
I also use two cascade 1000's in my 55 gal. Super happy with them for the 3 years I've had them.
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