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Old 08-02-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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upgrade from 64L to 160L

Hi folks

I'm new on this forum here.

we have had a 64L tank for about 6 months and so far had some casualties, nearly lost the whole tank at 1 point.
now getting the hang of things & keeping my pets healthy

my neighbour has a 160L tank and now gave up on the pets therefore I now have a free 160L tank & cabinet, I would need to buy a suitable heater & filter etc

my 64L tank is already pretty time consuming, How can I set up this new tank to be as low maintenance as possible?

I heard that reverse flow under gravel filter is very very efficient, is this true and how do I set this up eg. what do I need?

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Old 08-09-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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For a tank that big definitely get a canister filter if you want less and cheaper maintenance

I would recommend ehiems, fluvals, and API Filstars


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Old 08-09-2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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Or a Emperor 400 along with some floaters to keep nitrates low. You can mod the cartridges by removing the carbon, and slipping a rite size sleeve over them. The grey cartridges can be filled with filter floss or polishing pads.

Or an Aquaclear 70. Those are low maintenance, just take out the sponge and wash it with dechlorinated water. Do it weekly or biweekly and it shouldn't ever clog on you. Also, you can just dump a bag of biomax or bio balls in that fugger and you are good to go.

Bare bottoms will also work well in keeping maintenance down. Then you see the poop and vacuum it out when you are water changing. An even easier way is to run a power head on it so all the poop collects in a corner and you just vac that corner.

Since it needs a heater, why don't you just set up a coldwater and be done with it? If you are into them, you could get two fancy goldfish.

Or if you do get a heater, you could just do whatever you want to stock that is suitable. Some species will need sand or gravel, but most won't because quite a few of the species that supposedly do get raised in bare bottoms anyways. Plus, bare bottoms will be easier on maintenance like I said earlier.

Look online how to make an algae scrubber. That will also help in maintaining the nitrate level.

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Are you going to have 2 tanks or just move everything to the big one?
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