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post #16 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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The plants got burned (all except the rotala that I had in my high light 91L ) from the sun, but they are starting to recover. I needed a larger pump than the ~120 GPH pump that I have in there (I had it kicking up dust in a closet), so I ordered this ginormous dual koralia knockoff made by sunsun haha http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...6#ht_682wt_736
3200 GPH should be enough The zebra danios should like it haha. If it's too much, I can always put a brick in front of it to impede the flow some.
Question, though: should I put the pump pointed straight down the middle to make a more mixed flow, or down one side so that the water will circulate in a vortex? Or maybe on the bottom pointed straight up at the surface to make plenty of ripples?

What do you guys think?

Oh, and I should get some pictures up soon.

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post #17 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 02:43 AM
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Can't wait to see pictures. You could get a real neat effect with that pump angled up to create an upwelling water surface, but somebody smarter than me should comment.

It is winter here again suddenly, but I am making some progress getting my stock tank pond going. The last few nights I have been repotting my marginal flowering bulbs. I plan to use this tank...

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There is a lot of great flowering stuff that you can get going in a pond like this.

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Cool stuff, hydro! I got the rubbermaid version of that trough you linked. It's not as pretty as yours (and a bit smaller), but they had them locally for about $85, so I got it. Plus it's half buried in the ground, and the upper half has rocks around it (should look good when I get these little succulent vines growing all over it to fill in the gaps in the rocks, these things grow like weeds around here, no idea what they are called) I think that the zebra danios will love the 32.5x turnover in the pond It got cold quick here too. Should warm up in a couple of days, though. Hopefully the ~25 danios I have in the tank to get things going biologically will make it through 50 degree water for a couple of days. :

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A buried or half-buried tank is probably a better option for your area because the earth will provide temperature moderation and prevent it from heating up fast on hot days.

Those plants you describe sound like sedums. Those are nice for rock gardens.
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Yeah, that's why I labored for 2 hours digging that hole and leveling it haha. It was a chore, for sure, but at least I know that the temps won't fluctuate as much, like you said.
And yeah, they are sedums. That name sounds familiar, and a quick google search shows that you are right.
I'm pretty pumped about this powerhead. More than I should be, considering it's a powerhead, but the thought of a dual propeller pump that pushes 3250 GPH in a 100 gallon tank just sounds like too much fun
Good thing they ship priority.

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post #21 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 04:26 PM
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What sort of plants and livestock do you have on mind for your pond?
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Right now I have a dwarf lily, watersprite, rotala colorata, salvinia minima, salvinia oblongifolia, and some hygro.

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post #24 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-12-2010, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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ahhhhhh.
The plants need to grow
But I will... eventually. haha

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post #25 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-12-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Monday just got a little less sucky


Touch the perfection

Gotta love a little engrish


12,000 LPH/ 3200 GPH Sunsun powerhead. Feels pretty solid, though the plastic is a little less heavy than my koralias, you can't beat $30 shipped priority for that much flow. It works great (uploading more pics), and I'll probably buy these for my other tanks if I ever need to (the less powerful models instead of koralias. Koralia has great quality, and even though the plastic is a little less rigid than koralias, you can't beat the price. It also came with ball joint- like adjustable flow directors.
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dude, epic friggin pump!
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WOW...If I ever get my dream 100g+ tank, I'll hafta get one of those!

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i have seen people talk about the sunsun canister filter and now this.
do they make good product? and where can i find sunsun products? or is it a ebay thing?
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Sunsun is mostly ebay, from what I can tell. I can't speak for the longevity of their products, but they are cheap, and seem to work fine. They just might not last as long as brands like eheim, koralia, rena, etc.

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ok thanks!
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