My 2.5M system

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  1. Henk Hugo

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    Hey all,

    Some of you might have seen the empty 2.5m tank at my house over the last 10 months, but alas, it has started to take shape. The reason for the delay was the LFS that moved it (and messed me around) chipped one of the panes in the move. After a 10 month fight I replaced the pane out of my own pocket.


    The tank is a standard 2.5m x 90cm x 80cm with a 1.5m x 60cm x 60cm sump.

    Heating will be provided by 3X 300watt Jager heaters. I’m not sure what lighting to put in the tank. It’s not going to be a planted tank due to the geopaghus that’s going there. They tend to dig a little. :p:blink1:


    I will have some plants in pots in the tank, so I will need some kind of lighting. I might be looking at putting 8X 54watt T5s on due ballasts with some sort of system to lift it up or down.

    The return will be done with a Lifetech AP580 which pushed 8000l/h at the 2m head height of the tank.

    Right back to fiddling with the tank….

    Photos to follow :D
     
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    cant wait for the pics
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    I'll post some the moment the water clears a bit. Now i just have to wait for the wood to sink.... wonder how long that will take :D
     
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    C'mon..... Pictures, pictures, pictures!!!
     
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    hahaha ok ok
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    grand...
     
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    Ahhhh, now i can carry on. Thanks for the pics... Can i come around for a swim? :p
    Maybe i need to go hire some scuba kit and do some underwater gardening for you. :bigsmile:
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    yea i need someone under 80kgs to get into the tank and move some stuff around :D
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    heres the pots into which i will plant the swords and a few other root feeding plants

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    are you not using a "plant substrate"
     
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    Thats one BIG tank, how many liters
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    no as the cichlids will just dig it up and make a HUGE mess.... so i'm just putting things in pots with pebbles to stop them from digging....

    i am running a 500L sump on the system. I might move one of the Eheim Pro3's onto the sump just to help the biomedial along for the 1st month or so.
     
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    I've seen these fish (Geophagus Brasiliensis) moving the sand... it's amazing, but the plants won't agree. :p
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    well the sump is full and the tank is 3/4 full. I need to fiddle with the over flow today after a big family braai here. i really cant wait to get the system running. I need to add more sand to the tank. the 160kgs in there hardly covers the base!
     
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    ah yes cichlids :p
     
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    what filter media is going into the sump?

    do you have a sketch for us of the sump layout?

    PS: what biomedia are you using in the eheim?
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    the 1st chaimber will have mixed biomedia like bioballs and ceramic rings. the last chambers will just have bioballs.
     
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    Henk Hugo

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    righteo - i just flooded my living room :D

    I have desided to put koipond filter brushes in teh 1st chaimber and fill the rest up with bio-balls.....
     
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    Pictures!!! :smile1:

    Bit of a bigger scale than my little flood i'll bet...
     

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