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merlyn2221
03-07-2003, 08:17 PM
I am so [i:13d0c99bfe]excited[/i:13d0c99bfe]! I finally talked my husband into a bigger tank!!!! :mrgreen:

It's a 120g show tank that will barely fit in the living room! :lol: I only paid $260 for it, so I'm psyched! :party: I must be on a streak or something...the rocks two weeks ago, Konings [b:13d0c99bfe]Cichlids and All Other Fish of Lake Malawi[/b:13d0c99bfe] last week for $75. Cheapest I've ever seen it around here, it's usually at least $100 or more! :shock:

What about filters for it? Should I stick with my present combo of the Emperor Double Biowheel and the Fluval canister? Of course I am trying to wheedle away at my husband to keep the 55g still set up for another room in the house, so I will definately want new filters for the 120!

Hmmmm, and what kind of substrate? I like what I have now, but maybe sand this time??? I don't know...I have a lot of decisions to make in a short time; tank arrives on Wednesday!

Let me know what you think! :D

surfdude660
03-07-2003, 09:35 PM
If i had a tank that size i would have two emp 400 and a fluval 400 or an ehiem 2028. I would use small gravel, not sand, it tends to be a pain and ruin your filters.

To tell you the truth, i wouldntkeep cichlids in it, it would be an amazing salt tank!!!!

Just kidding, iwould love to have a 120 to put something big in, have fun with your decisions~!!!!! :D

chc
03-07-2003, 10:45 PM
It's usually best to decide on inhabitants first. The decor follows the needs of the fish.

Did you have any ideas on what you wanted to keep yet?

merlyn2221
03-07-2003, 11:01 PM
Hi, CHC. I actually already have the inhabitants! They just need a bigger home. :D

I was thinking of maybe changing to sand, and as I said in the first post, trying to talk my husband into leaving the 55g set up to put different fish in it!

You know, the fish addicts greatest desire...multiple tanks! :lol:

Overawed
03-08-2003, 08:52 AM
:party: Congrats Merlyn!!! You got a tremendous deal! All the 120gs around here are like 800 bucks and up.

2 400's and a fluval or Eheim should do the trick. Have you thought about a wet dry sump system? That might work better on such a big tank. I really have no idea. Have fun with it no matter what! Can't wait to see pics! :)

merlyn2221
03-08-2003, 11:04 AM
Overawed: got any links to the wet dry sump idea. I know the basic premise, but have no real idea where to get one or how it goes together, or the overall use. Don't they use this on saltwater tanks? Is is really expensive?

Got any good links? I'll be doing a search and looking for more information, but if you already have some, I'd appreciate it.

ReesaPie
03-08-2003, 05:44 PM
DIY wet/dry filter :)

http://www.cyberreefguru.com/diy/guide/diy_section2.html

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_overflow.php

http://saltaquarium.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thekrib.com%2FFi lters%2Ftrickle-blackford.html

http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/wetdry.htm

looking into building one myself

or

if you want to buy one

http://saltaquarium.about.com/library/weekly/tp/aatpwetdry.htm



*dreams* i wish i could have a tank that size.... i i thought i was excited because i just got my 40long set-up...

merlyn2221
03-08-2003, 09:35 PM
:D Hey Reesapie, don't lose the faith!

It took me 20 years to get a tank that size, I'm sure yours will come sooner.

Thanks so much for the great links, I was checking out different DIY places and yours were better. It's been a big help. Now all I have to do is talk my husband into this. He's a wreck about so much water as it is, discussing any type of filtration with him right now is useless. :wink:

surfdude660
03-08-2003, 10:00 PM
Those look like some great diy wet/dry's. If you have any of that stuff in the house (like a 10 or 20 gallon tank) it would make it eveen less expensive. How i figure, you will save $100 to $150 to make it yourself, and that woul take the place of 3 emperor 400's ($240) with a 1200 gph pump in it. That would be perfect for your tank. I would just be sure to add multiple stages of mechanical filtration and put a small compartment in case you want chemical in the future. I would have an emp. 400 also. just for backup, and i am a filtration freak (I own cichlids, go figure). I am thinking of building one of thes when and if i get a tank over 100g. It seems much easier to use generic media (filter pads, loose carbon, sponges, bio balls) than to have to buy the specific cartrige for each filter. Right now i have 5 diff. types of filters on my 4 tanks, and it is a pain. Good luck talking your husband into it. Tell him you will make it, but he will want to help when he sees you using power tools!!!! :D