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Old 02-22-2005, 06:43 PM   #1
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filtration for a 100 gallon?

I was at the fish store today when I saw a 100 gal tank that I would like. How much filtration would I need for something that big? I think it's going to have a bullhead, largemouth bass, and my common pleco in it, and maybe my peacock eel and/or parrot when they get big enough. Should i use sand or gravel substrate?

And am I going overboard on a 100 gal? It was only $25 more than the 75. Also, would that be ok in a 2nd story apartment? I don't want it to break through the floor.
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Weight is a major factor when you deal with aquariums on other floors other than the bottom. Water alone is 8.33 pounds per gallon. Make sure to tally an estimate of total weight (tank, water, gravel and rock) and check if the floor can support it before purchasing a large tank...even the 75 gallon. So...do your math. You'll have at least a pound per gallon of substrate if not more. Better to overestimate than to underestimate. I'd set a substrate weight of about three pounds per gallon to play it safe.

The kind of substrate I would use would be a grade #3 gravel. The grains are smaller, but not as fine as sand. It's still soft enough for animals to dive into it without getting scraped up and the smaller grain will keep solid waste from becoming trapped under the gravel. Sand is really nice and the fish do like it however it is more dense and you'll need more of it to cover the bottom sufficiently...so that would add to the weight factor you need to figure out.

As of filtration, it's easier to install a wet/dry sump filter. It has much larger capacity than canisters and a hell of a lot easier to maintain. They cost a bit more overall, but you pay for convienence. If you don't wish to do the wet/dry, then at least have two full size canisters and whatever you do, stay completely away from UGFs.
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Going along the lines of the question of filtration for a 100 gal tank, would it be ok to use two canisters, 1 for a 100 gal tank and 1 for a 150 on a 150 gal tank? Or is it best to have 2 canisters with a 150 gal capacity each? I don't mean to hijack the thread, I just figured that it was along the same lines.
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Going along the lines of the question of filtration for a 100 gal tank, would it be ok to use two canisters, 1 for a 100 gal tank and 1 for a 150 on a 150 gal tank? Or is it best to have 2 canisters with a 150 gal capacity each? I don't mean to hijack the thread, I just figured that it was along the same lines.
More is always better 8) IMO.

chainsaw try to put it near a weight bearing wall (i.e. outside wall). Up against the wall it should be fine. Also JMO.
FF I would go with 2 for a 150 if you can. what kind and size filters are you talking about. that would help with the answer.
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I already have a Cascade 1000 and I just ordered a Cascade 1200 or 1500, dont' remember which.
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Re: filtration for a 100 gallon?

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I was at the fish store today when I saw a 100 gal tank that I would like. How much filtration would I need for something that big?
An aquaclear 500 plus a larger Eheim canister would work well.

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I think it's going to have a bullhead, largemouth bass, and my common pleco in it, and maybe my peacock eel and/or parrot when they get big enough.
Not a great choice...keep your coldwater North American natives by themselves, and you SA and African tropicals in a tank that caters to their requirements.....keeping both together is doing neither any favours. Besides, your peacock eel will likely never be 'big enough' to live safely with an adult bullhead.
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