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Hola otra vez!

I commented on your other thread. I love the tank. You ask specifically about the biological media in the filtration.
I struggled with this. A brief story - I ordered my tank last August. It took a REALLY long time to get here. In that time, I became obsessed with designing the perfect system. I read as many forums as I could and listened to YouTube folks from August to November. At the end of November, I discovered AquariumScience.org.

The problem that I had was that all the information I could find came from people trying to sell me things and the reviews and claims made by manufacturers are so wild that they cannot be trusted, in my opinion. Way too many conflicts of interest. It's hard for me to believe what people say if they're also trying to sell me something. I found that aquariumscience.org had a different perspective on the purpose of filtration and what the fishkeeper should be trying to achieve -that being crystal clear, bacteria free water. I'm really happy that my tank took so long, or I would have wound up with 50 gallons of lava rock in my sump and nothing else. At this point, it's full of filter foam.

What kind of lights are those? They look great!
What about substrate? Sand? What color will you use?

When you say "What if light goes out?" do you mean no electricity? Definitely something to think about. I wrote up a thread about what I did for my tank here:
https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=454599

In this thread I believe I also wrote down why I feel I needed the backup and what I'm trying to address with it.

I Like your background. I am not sure about vinyl paint. Has anybody else around here tried that?
 

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I don't personally believe that that will be too many fish.

I think that you will find that 3 Msobo may be too many. Be prepared to pull one out as it may fight and may not color well.

What kind of Galireya reef? I have Cynotiliapia sp. Hara Galireya Reef, but that looks like a duplicate with the other Hara, so I'm probably confused. This is typical.
 
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