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125 gal. Apisto Paradise - Updated 7/21

We just bought a house and we now have a perfect spot for a 125. I would love to bigger, but I don't want to have to reinforce our floor....

I sold my 75 and found a good deal for a 125 on Craigslist. I will still need to make a stand for it, so it won't be up and running or a while, but I wanted to plan it out careful ad slowly since I have never done a tank this large.

I have plans of doing a sump but wanted some direction as I want to use an overflow box as the tank is not drilled. I am planning on using a system similar to mr. Barr, running pressurized into the sump and a needle wheel back into the tank for high level of misting.

I am wanting this more of a medium tech set up, using some elements of EI dosing, medium light, pressurized co2, but avoiding lots of stems as I want to minimize the amount of maintenance.

Thinking about a very large school of cardinals with a nice group of apistos.

Another possibility would be a big group of Roseline barbs.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I want to do this the right way the first time.

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New 125!

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I just set up a 125g (cycling now) and my advice would be to take your time and put a complete plan together before you start. I took a few months researching and it was worth it in the end.
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New 125!

I have been thinking about it for some time. I have never run a sump before so I was hoping to get some advise here. The other possibility was running an Rena X5....

Did you start a journal that I could check out?
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Re: New 125!

The journal is in my signature.

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I have been thinking about it for some time. I have never run a sump before so I was hoping to get some advise here. The other possibility was running an Rena X5....

Is that a cross breed between a rena XP-4 and fluval FX5 ;-)

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Is that a cross breed between a rena XP-4 and fluval FX5 ;-)
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Any good resources out there for a first time sump user?
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I found this video/post helpful when setting mine up.
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There are also some good youtube videos explaining sump setups. I'm on a similar journey. I just picked up a 200g and I'm guessing it will be several months before its filled with water.
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The wife is also showing concern after she saw how big the tank is. From what I have researched, on paper I have an ideal spot for the tank next to a load bearing wall and perpendicular to the floor joists. I want to reinforce the floor to add some piece of mind. My preliminary plan is to double up the 2x8s and use concrete to support a retaining wall held up with floor jacks. Any experience on this would be helpful also....
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After poking at the crawl space again, the joists are sitting directly on the foundation of the house right where the tank is going so if anything else I am going to build a small load bearing wall from concrete blocks, then shimmed with lumber for extra support and to keep the floor from bouncing when you walk.

I am struggling to come up with a plan for the tank. I think my sump and overflow plan is quite simple, my lighting will be lower/medium starting out... And I am thinking about dirting the tank but have never done this before. It seems like the amount of maintenance I am looking for, and seems that it is fairly inexpensive. (Not wanting to shell out $35 per 20 lbs of substrate this go around.) I am going to do some research on dirt tanks but anyone with some helpful pointers on doing it with this size of tank would be helpful.

Fish I am thinking of right now.

30 panda cories
20 otocinclis
5-7 bristle nose plecos
~100 cardinals
8-10 apistogramma cacatuoides
40 lemons tetras (not sure about this yet)

Going to be finding some nice manzanita and putting a lot if hard scape in this guy...

I also think it will be pretty easy to put in a drain and taps for easy draining and refill...lots of fun stuff to do with this tank!
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So I decided I am going to drill the tank and use an overflow kit from glass-holes.com. I really just don't want to mess with a siphon overflow system. Seems much simpler and easier to maintain this way. I am scared about drilling the tank without any experience before, but from the reading I have done, as long as you have the proper tools and plan, it really shouldn't be a problem.

I also started putting together my stand in sketchup and will post what I am going to do with that. We still have a couple projects to do with the house before I will get the green light so at least the planning keeps me going in the mean time.
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So I decided I am going to drill the tank
EEK !!! Good luck, you only get one shot at this so make it count.
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New 125!

Update with the stand....still have much work to do. I am taking my time working on my woodworking skills , so I have acquired some tools and such, want to do it the right way this time

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