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Post  SeanSS Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:47 pm

Very Happy You crazy fish lovers still around?!



Who remembers me? lol

I sold all of my stuff quite some time ago but am currently on the search for a 5 foot tank.


Getting back into the game with plants and discus.




-Sean
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Post  DavidZ Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:57 am

Hey Sean, welcome back.

Check Craigslist or estate auctions for deals on tanks.

We're not having a meeting this month, but maybe next month.

Good luck.

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Post  Katnapper Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:45 pm

Hi Sean, I'm Becky. I don't know/remember you, but looking forward to meeting you. Smile

You might also try local newspapers, and even Ebay. It's a crapshoot if you'll find any tanks geologically close enough on Ebay... but you might be surprised, sometimes there are.
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Post  twocat Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:59 am

I keep discus, ifthereareany questionIcantrytoanswer them.

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Post  SeanSS Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:56 am

Well im still searching.

Just started posting wanted ads today.


Looking for a 125+ gallon tank, stand and a canopy if there is one.
Stand must be wood and finished.
Not needing equipment or anything else. i can take care of that.

So keep your eyes open
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Post  DavidZ Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:24 pm



There is one on the Peoria craigslist posted yesterday. It had the stuff with it, but was only $250.

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Post  SeanSS Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:18 pm

Ive seen that one, its......Not pretty. lol
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Post  SeanSS Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:35 pm

Looks like i might of found a 180 gallon. cheers
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Post  SeanSS Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:10 pm

Sealed the deal on a 180 gallon !!


This will be the largest aquarium i have ever owned.
Also my first tank since selling all of my stuff abour a year and a half ago.
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Post  Katnapper Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:27 pm

Nice.... Congrats! Very Happy
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Post  DavidZ Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:21 am



Show us pics when you get it set up!

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Post  SeanSS Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:27 am

Thank ya thank ya!



It'll be a little while before it gets setup.
Still havent decided on what im going to do about filtration.

Either a pair of Fluval FX5's, maybe a pair of FX6's or a pair of Rena XP4's... Decisions decisions.
Always used Rena's on my larger tanks awhile back.
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Post  SeanSS Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:51 pm

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Post  twocat Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:58 pm

It looks nice.

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Post  Katnapper Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:47 am

It does look nice. But the pesky OCD perfectionist in me wonders why it's not centered to the wall instead of in the corner... Very Happy
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Post  SeanSS Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:25 am

Its simply out of the way right now.

It'll be a good while before its up and running.
Planning on centering it on that wall though.


I bought a Fluval FX5, some drift wood, and a pair of 6 bulb 36" T5HO light fixtures.
Figuring out what im doing about substrate at the moment.
Also currently shopping for a heater. Had a Hydor ETH inline heater on all of my previous tanks
with cannister filters. Not going to be able to run a Hydor ETH with the FX5.
Well i could but it would be a big PITA.
So, gonna go with an in tank heater with a remote digital thermostat.
Havent decided if im going to drop some more coin on another FX5, a newer FX6 or save a few
bucks and pick up a Rena XP4...Gotta have another cannister, just not sure what im going to do.

The Fluval stuff is expensive!

So, if i go with a Rena, i can definitely tun a Hydor ETH.. Just thought of that. cheers
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Post  twocat Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:48 am

FX6 are costly, $300 plus is a lot of money for one. I would not be able to tell my wife about that purchase.

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Post  DavidZ Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:22 am



If you go with an in tank digital heater stay away from the Aquatop’s. They look nice, but I’ve had 2 of the 3 I’ve got fail.

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Post  SeanSS Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:49 pm

twocat wrote:FX6 are costly, $300 plus is a lot of money for one. I would not be able to tell my wife about that purchase.

Mark

Lol i hear ya! What my fiance doesnt know, wont hurt her. Very Happy


DavidZ wrote:

If you go with an in tank digital heater stay away from the Aquatop’s.  They look nice, but I’ve had 2 of the 3 I’ve got fail.

DavidZ

Im currently looking at a 500w Finnex heater.
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Post  SeanSS Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:01 am

Well , i need to make a new thread in the general freshwater section.


Ive got dirt in my tank cheers


This is moving along faster then i anticipated..
I got a wild hair up my rear...Centered the tank and added in my first layer of substrate.
Its soaking right now.. Tomorrow i'll mat it all down to make sure there arent any air pockets.
After that, i'll cap it off and move onto my next step.


Need to buy a heater or two, a dual stage co2 regulator, go and rent 2 co2 bottles, and also
still need to purchase a but load of supplies and all that stuff.

I dont have ANYTHING left over. Its crazy.
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Post  Katnapper Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:07 am

Well, looks like you've got some work cut out for you yet Neutral ,  but at least you got the tank centered!   Razz  tongue
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Post  SeanSS Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:36 pm

I just knew that i shouldnt of bought that FX5. Mad
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Post  ilroost Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:04 pm

Whats wrong with the FX5. I have 2 and they work great. Good to see you back in the game. No cichlids this time?

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Post  SeanSS Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:08 pm

Well i havent tried it yet..



But for the amount i paid for the damn thing... It should of atleast shown up as described..
Bought it from ebay..
Listing only stated it needed 1 of the retaining screw assembly deals at the top replaced.. It actually needs 2, not THAT big of a deal...
However, in the pictures, the media baskets are full of media..They came empty...And also, the water changing valve is broke. Cant even use it.
The tabs you grab to open/close the valve are broke off.


Yay! cheers


For what i paid, if i would of known it didnt include the media that was pictured, and if i would of known about the valve being broken..
I would of never bidded..

My first FX5 and probably my last.
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