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Old 10-04-2006, 07:50 AM   #1
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Hello all!! -4ft new set-up recommendations

Hello all,
Ive been lingering here for a while, but after moving house Ive finally registered!
I currently have a 60cm main tank housing 8 Black Neon Tetras and a 'Thai Stone Sucker' (So my LFS called it... basically a slightly slick looking Flying Fox). Lovely tank and running nicely.
I also have a 30cm empty quarantine alongside.



Now I have the extra space, Ive recently got hold of a 4ft tank (48x15x18) that Im designing a stand for. Having realised the massive weight of these buggers, Ive well over-engineered it. Hmm... watch this space for the results!
Also, I think its time to give up the UGF and go for a nice external filter. Ive read in a few places that Eheim are really good. Are they worth splashing out the extra cash on? Or would a Fluval or similar do the job? Please give me your recommendations. The tank will basically be holding the current stock plus a few extra live plants and some extra tetras and a pleco to start with.

Oh, and if theres any other advice people want to mention, fire away! I like to get as much advice as I can!

Cheers!
Ben
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Old 10-04-2006, 10:00 AM   #2
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Hi Ben,
that's a really nice tank you got there. congrats. on the canister, if you can, go for the eheims. they are extremely reliable and efficient. having used a fluval for a long time, i'd definitely recommend an eheim over it. don't get me wrong, a fluval gets the most bang for the buck, but they are flimsyly built.
that's a nice shape on the 4' tank. is it custom-made?
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Hi Ben,
that's a really nice tank you got there. congrats. on the canister, if you can, go for the eheims. they are extremely reliable and efficient. having used a fluval for a long time, i'd definitely recommend an eheim over it. don't get me wrong, a fluval gets the most bang for the buck, but they are flimsyly built.
that's a nice shape on the 4' tank. is it custom-made?
I totally agree with triazole. I have an eheim 2026 and an xp 2. If you have the money get the Eheim. The XP 2 will get the job done, but it's just not as nice as the Eheim.
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Old 10-04-2006, 11:09 AM   #4
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Ok, cheers chaps. I was thinking about the Eheim Pro 2224... Seems to be pretty good and my LFS - who are very helpful - swear by them. Their shop runs on Eheim!

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that's a really nice tank you got there. congrats.
Cheers! I just hope I can get a similar effect in the new one!
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that's a nice shape on the 4' tank. is it custom-made?
Hmmm... not that I know of?! I thought they were standard 4' dimensions. But yes, it is a nice generous shape.
This is the pic from ebay... I'll get a better one once it comes out from hiding behind my dining table!
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the standard 4' has only 12" (55g) or 18" (75g) width. believe me, this tank is a lot better than a standard 55g. the extra 3" don't seem a lot now, but will count while aquascaping. have a great time setting things up, and choosing fishies!!
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Ooooh, cool! Cheers!!
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