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Old 10-08-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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My new 240g FOWLR tank

Sorry guys for making a new thread just didn't know how to connect my last thread with this one. ("Running into problems") but my tank is setup now and running.. It's a 8ftx2ftx2ft and I think it's amazing.. I'm running a mag 24 which is giving me really good flow. It is t'd off to 2 1" drains.. I just have about 120lbs of Texas holy and dry rock mixed and about 160 lbs of sand.. I am using filter socks and some media filter from a existing tank of mine. (Bio balls & ceramic rings) I am also using one and only bacteria in a bottle. I'm cycling my tank with fish and I know a lot of people don't like that but I simply can't look at a bare tank.. I am using my damsels and chromis from my existing tanks.. I was wondering what was y'all input on what I should do next..? Any advice is helpful tanks


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Old 10-08-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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No not at the moment.. I have a DIY ats, which I just hooked a pump to but I will be getting one if the ats does come out how I like it..


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Do y'all think triggers are good for cycling that is my LFS said.. I was thinking about it bout just doesn't sound right to me



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No fish is good for cycling, and if you can't look at an empty tank for a few weeks this may not be the best hobby for you. There's no reason to make an animal live in poison.
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Well Mr Saltwater did it when he set up his tank.. He used one and only bacteria in a bottle.. And also a lot of other people do it too.. This is my first doing this.. But thanks for your opinion


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Well Mr Saltwater did it when he set up his tank.. He used one and only bacteria in a bottle.. And also a lot of other people do it too.. This is my first doing this.. But thanks for your opinion


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The appeal of a fishless cycle is that you can increase the ammonia to levels lethal to fish with actually harming any livestock. You could use Dr. Tim's One and Only in conjunction with a shrimp or two (in a mesh bag for easy cleanup).
As for the overflow, I believe there are grills or grates that you can purchase to keep the fish from falling/swimming into the overflow. A DIY approach would be using the plastic strip that comes with all glass tops. Cut out the "teeth" and mount onto the edge of the overflow with the part of the plastic strip that would normally clasp onto the glass top. This may or may not work with you setup; depends on how this will affect the water level in the tank.


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