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New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:47 am

In the middle of cycling tank, so just substrate and decorations so far.

Running two canister filters. Currently have the intake and return in the corners. Debating a better placement or going with spray bars on each side.

Doing this with kids, so had to have ship wreck and signs.

Plan moving forward is to get a few plants (villisneria and Java fern) and was going to place them around shipwreck and rocks. But worried with the filter returns being so close.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:49 am

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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:50 am

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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby ken31cay » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:18 am

I love it. What kind of fish are you thinking of putting in? This is how I came back into the hobby, got a 55gal for my kids a few years ago and before I knew it had a 180gal and a 450gal.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:09 am

Sorry. Must have forgotten to include that in original post. Planning on getting peacocks and haps, but not sure exact types.

Please provide comments ideas on arrangement of stuff, filter intake/returns, plant types/location, and fish choices.

Thanks
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby ken31cay » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:24 am

Here's the cookie cutter setup suggestions for the 55gal which is in the library section:

https://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/cookie_cutter_55g.php

Which canisters are you using? What is your substrate? I have several fake plants grouped together in my 450gal, which I like the look of and the smaller fish like to hang there.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby ironspider » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:41 am

I can't tell, are your returns going all the way down to the substrate? That will help pick up the junk so you don't have to vacuum.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby DJRansome » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:39 am

I would do mixed gender in a 55G and 1m:4f of a peacock and the same of a hap.

The haps are mostly blue, I would go with Placidochromis electra.

For a peacock, do you like red or yellow better?

Aulonocara stuartgranti maleri for yellow. Aulonocara stuartgranti rubescens for red.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:30 am

Using two Fluval 307 filters. Currently the returns are about two to three inches above the substrate. I will play around with lowering them. The substrate is a mix of pool filter sand and aragonite.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby damerf » Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:06 pm

Nice!! Are you running your heater inline with one of the canisters? I see a temp sensor hanging down and was just wondering if you did a DIY inline with PVC? Or something like that?
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby IncrdblHulk7 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:13 pm

I have a 300w hydor inline heater running on one of the canisters. Also have inkbird306 temp controller as backup (that's the probe you see in tank).
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby willyg1631 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:30 pm

going to be a great tank. Planning my new tank and wondering why 2 canisters. Wouldn't one bigger one be less maintenance. Also why an inline heater? Bill
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby ken31cay » Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:49 pm

willyg1631 wrote:Planning my new tank and wondering why 2 canisters. Wouldn't one bigger one be less maintenance.


One reason I can think of is having two is a little safer in case one goes down. For both my tanks I have a second return pump, pvp pipe & cement, etc. all set to replace in case the current pump goes down. Due to where I live it's even more important since getting a replacement would take weeks instead of days if I lived in the U.S.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby Steve C » Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:54 pm

Two canisters rather than one is the better method mainly for avoiding a mini-cycle when you do maintenance. On my 240g I will do one FX5 cleaning one time, then not have to worry about it because the other fx5 is still picking up the slack from the one I just cleaned. Then on the next cleaning I will do the other Fx5. So you alternate which one you clean each time to avoid any mini-cycles.
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Re: New 55g tank - please give ideas/comments

Postby willyg1631 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:39 pm

ken31cay and Steve C. Thanks makes sense. Insurance is a good thing.
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