I am new to the forums and community and need some info/help.
I recently bought what I was told is a 180 gallon bow front aquarium set up. I am not sure about the size if it really is a 180 gallon. It measure 70 inches wide, 24 inches high & at the wide part of the bow 18 inches and narrow part of the bow about 14 inches. Does anyone have any idea what size it is? Is it really a 180 gallon?
Now I am guessing it is a custom set up due to me not being able to find another like it on the net. It is made of glass and the two front corners have no seam the glass curves right into a front bow it is actually really nice I like it. It also has two pieces attached to the tank one on top and one on bottom of the tank. The bottom one has a thick piece of styrofoam that the tank rests on.
The set came with the tank with those two pieces attached to it, a crappy stand, the hood with 2 36 inch t5 lights and 2 18 inch t5 lights, two old broken heaters, some fan to circulate the water and also two odd wet dry trickle filters built into the hood behind the lights. Right now I do not have the tank set up in my house it is in the garage due to it being neglected and real real dirty. I have been putting a lot of time and elbow grease into getting it cleaned up. In the next week or two after I build a new stand for it I will be relocating it to my living room and I am excited.
My kids want me to make a community fresh water tank with schools of smaller community fish so the tank will have smaller schools of fish maybe a total of 20 small top feeders, 15-20 small mid feeders and some live plants and 10-15 small bottom feeders.
Now with that being said about the tank population, I am not sure how many GPH
those two filters pump and I am not sure if they would be sufficient to use alone with this tank. If you look at the pictures of the filters they are both a wet dry set up. Has anyone ever seen a set up like this?
If I do decide to use the two filters that came with it what type of media should I use? Also how should I set it up in the filter trays?
Is that too many fish for this tank? Will the tank get real dirty fast(are they dirt fish)?
The lady that sold the set up to me told me she had two red belly pacu's that were 22.75 inches and 17 inches in size in the tank and those filters kept it crystal clear with her just using the blue filter pad in both of them. Judging by how dirty the filters and tank were I doubt that they were sufficient for two pacu's that were 22.75 inches and 17 inches in size unless she just didn't clean anything and neglected the tank.
If those 2 wet dry filters are not good what type of filter would be best for this set up, tank size & type of fish and plants I plan on filling it with?
I was thinking triple aqua clear 110's because they filter 500gph x3 that would be 1500gph. I know some of you must think I am crazy... (180 Gallons and this guy wants to use 3 110 AC
's... LOL) The reason I am even mentioning 3 110 AC
's is simple on some of my old set ups I used the aqua clears and love how they are very easy to access, maintain, are affordable and do keep the water clean.
If you all are going to say do 2 canisters for my community tank well does it really matter if I get eheim or cascade or marineland?? If so please tell me why you feel it does in fact matter.
You will find some pictures attached of the tank and also wet dry filter set up.