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Old 01-08-2004, 11:56 AM   #1
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New 125g tank - Need advice for fish

I have been reading postings on this site for some time and just now became a member since we purchased a 125 gallon tank last night! The only experience I have so far is with a 10 gallon tank with puffers and goldfish (not together of course) and a 22 gallon red ear slider tank so I would say I'm still new to this.

This is what we got:

125 gallon glass tank
Fluval 404 filter
Air pump
stand (pine)
lights (basic florescent but would like to upgrade)
2 heaters
water conditioner

We paid $818 for everything which after checking out many specialty and chain stores we found to be a good deal in our area (I thought I'd share the price so other setting up a new tank could get an idea of cost).

Soooooo, with all that in mind, if it was your tank what type of fish would you go with? I'd LOVE to have a saltwater tank of course, but honestly I'm scared to. So we are going to go with freshwater but would still like to have some colorful fish. I like the albino oscars so I thought I may go with those but if someone out there has some ideas I'd love to hear them.

Thank you for your time for reading this and I'd appreciate any help you're willing to give!

-Rochelle
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Old 01-08-2004, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hi Rochelle. Good luck with the tank. A 125 gives you so many options. Why not peruse a few of the lfs in your area and see what fish really appeal to you? Then you can come back here and discuss them.

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You seem like a cichlid person (oscars and all). I think the problem with oscars is that they will end up limiting your other fish options significantly. And you will probably be only able to keep 2 at the most in the 125 gallon, so it could be a sparse tank. Now that is not always a bad thing. But look at Convicts. They are a pretty cool cichlid and can often be kept in with other fish (of a decent size).

But as Brian says, look at your LFS and see what sort of fish strike your fancy (remember they are often young version and often much smaller than they can get). Make a list and then see what people have to say about compatibility.
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Tkos - I like your idea about making a list and then asking. We are going to a huge specialty store this weekend to get some ideas so I think I'll bring a note pad and then come back here.

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No prob. Looking forward to your ideas! It is all so exciting when you get a new big tank that often you want to jump right in. A little planning makes things so much better.
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Not trying to change the topic here, but you are going to need another filter for that tank. A single Fluval 404 does not move around enough water to do a good job of filtering a 125g tank. You would only be turning over (filtering) the tank water 2.7 times an hour, and once the filter is filled with media and collecting waster, that can drop to low 2x an hour. You are likely going to run into a lot of problems with just the 404. Fluval only rates that filter for a 100g tank, and the manufacturers ratings are usually very optimistic.

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grimlock3000 - thanks for the info. We were told we would be able to get buy with it in the beginning (I hope that's true). I saw how expensive they are so I'll start looking now.
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If you haven't already set things up, would the store let you upgrade to a more powerful filter? Alternatively, you could always get a HOB filter cheap online and a powerhead would stir things up if you get fish that like a strong current - they're not too expensive either.

Good luck and have fun fish shopping!
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You might wish to use that fluval and add a HOB as well. You are looking at a turn over rate of 5-6 times per hour, so around 600 gph in that tank. The canisters are usually best at over filtration but the HOB give the advantage of easy cleaning and easy addition of media.

Also remember that you don't have to constantly change the media in your filters. During tank cleanings you should take the old media and rinse it (preferably in the old removed tank water). This gets rid of gunk but keeps all of the valuable bacteria. Changing the media means you have to start growing bacteria all over again. I have persoanly been using the same media for going on 1 year now.
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"We were told we would be able to get buy with it in the beginning (I hope that's true). I saw how expensive they are so I'll start looking now."

Getting good water flow and filtration established early on is very important in getting a tank established. You should really pick up a power filter ASAP, for cheap prices, check out:

http://www.bigalsonline.com/.

Here are some of the good pics for your situation:

Aquaclear 500 $29.99
Emperor 400 $36.99
Penguin 330 $21.99

Any of the three would be good. I would reccomend the Aquaclear becuase it has the highest flow rate. The Penguin 330 and Emperor 400 have Bio Wheels though, which help with bio filtering.
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