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  1. Midwest Custom Aquarium did a fabulous job putting my 100 gallon bow front together along with the cabinet and stand. They also plumbed the stand with the filtration system. Generally they make tanks quite a bit bigger than my 100. I am not sure if it is appropriate to mention another forum, but monsterfishkeepers,com includes many people with extremely large tanks and a wealth of knowledge on how to establish them. Depending on how far you want to go you can hook up your filters to your house plumbing to more easily drain and fill your tank which is what I do. My case is simpler because our well water does not contain chlorine or chloramine. I wish there was a reasonably priced vacuum as an alternative to the Python and the Eheim gravel vac. Sounds like you have a great adventure ahead of you.
  2. As an alternative to a $5,000 flow meter, I went with a low tech industrial flow meter: http://www.bluwhite.com/products/VariableArea/F-550/XXX_TECH_F-550.pdf which vary in cost: http://www.bigbrandwater.com/flowmeter507.html If anyone has any reviews on these type of meters, I would be interested in it.
  3. Eheim's are extremely quiet and using the spray bar to agitate the surface quietly you can avoid the need for bubbles. You could select the Eheim with appropriate flow rate.
  4. Is this the filter you acquired? http://www.aquaticsupplies.com.au/blue-planet-tank-maid-internal-filter-pro-1500.html
  5. Hi Alistair, I'm using Aqua One Aquis 1250. The media set up can be seen here http://www.aquaone.c...s_advance_2.php It has 3 baskets, and all 3 baskets are filled with bio media. It also has multiple sponges, 2 of them being 15ppi, 1 being 35ppi, and final layer is filter wool to polish the water. So im guessing this is mostly a bio filtration method with some mechanical? Hi Phoenix1 - my Nitrate levels never go above 10ppm as I do 2x water changes a week. 1 month ago I treated with prazi and could not do a water change for 7 days, and at that time the nitrate went to 20ppm. I dont have a nitrite test kit at the moment as i've ran out and haven't replaced it yet. With nitrate levels not exceeding 20 ppm you probably do not have a nitrite problem. How often do you clean your bio media and sponges/filter wool?
  6. Something to consider for the future is 3M quartz sand. They are tiny ceramic spheres that quickly settle to the bottom. 3M also made a rounded quartz gravel. http://www.flordek.com/files/3M_Colorquartz_Crystals_Color_Chart2.pdf http://www.creativestonesystems.com/3m/3M%20COLORQUARTZ%20PAMPHLET.pdf http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/pool_filter_sand_pt2.php http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn83/frankasanchez/Aquarium%202012/Rosey.jpg
  7. Bagho, I got the Earth Pellet information from ID: majesticreefs Phone:562-201-4589/ Fax:626-608-6664 Email:Info@majesticreefs.com
  8. I have to keep our aquarium silent because of my wife's neurological condition so I also had to brainstorm. As mentioned air pumps are not essential if you have enough surface agitation. Eheim canister filters are one of several very quiet filters; they are available "used" generally through EBAY. You might try a lid and/or a canopy for the tank. A canopy/cabinet can be sound proofed.
  9. Agitating the surface of the water increases your gas exchange thereby increasing the dissolved oxygen content of the water. Is there a reason the spray bar is near the wall rather than spraying across the tank?
  10. For a planted tank where you want nitrates you might consider Earth Pellets which have a surface area from 450 to 520 m2/gram.
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