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125 gallon low/high tech build "Kalzonia 5"

It seems that in my 9 years of fish keeping I've always kept multiple tanks never focusing on one individual system. I feel like for the first time I'm going to devote my time an efforts to one tank. With the exception of my spec v betta tank This 125 gallon will be that tank. I recently sold all my african cichlids
and will be converting this tank to a planted aquascape tank. It will be centered around my clown loaches and fire eel.[censored]

This is what the tank looked like b4 I sold the Africans
In attempts to rid some of the hardscape of bba

I did a 3 day blackout and today removed the stones and driftwood and sprayed it all down with hydrogen peroxide, gave it a scrubbing and sprayed everything off with the hose.
After getting it all back in the tank I dosed seachem excel to give the bba the final blow!
Here is the current fts.


I'm calling this a low/high tech build because I'll be using low lighting and low light demanding plants but I'll be using a pressurized co2 rig equipped with a dual stage regulator and will be upgrading[censored] filtration to a couple fx6's this summer.

Equipment as of now:
Diamond plate shop light
2x 800 gph powerhead
300w Eheim heater
Odyssea CFS 500

Future Uprgrades:
Fx6 x2
Jabeo wave maker
wifi recepticals
Dj power strips
Aquarium controller
Asthetic low lumen leds
Trim for the diy aquarium stand
Lighting under the stand
Lots more I can't think of right now...

Fish:
6 clown loaches
Fire eel
2 koi angels
Electric blue jack dempsey
2 petricola catfish
black calvus
Green phantom pleco
4 serpae tetra

Future fish purchases:
More serpae tetras(the only small schooling fish the eel hasn't eatin... yet)
A few more clown loaches
A sultan pleco

My next plan of action will be obtaining 2" and 3" pvc pipe to create caves for the eel and loaches. I will also be getting lava rock to build up the substrate behind the hardscape and on top of the pvc caves. This will give me a way to hide the pvc and something to secure plants too while creating depth. As soon as I sell my 75 gallon setup I'll be purchasing the Anubias, java fern, and Bucephalandra.

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My wife woke me up this morning in a panic saying something jumped from the tank and was flailing about behind the stand! The fire eel was trying to escape lol luckily I was able to net him and get him back in the tank. He's doing just fine.

Ahhhh feeding this morning was a good feeling. An enjoyment of only having this one tank to worry about. Oh the possibilities. New builds are awesome!

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My wide woke me up this morning in a panic saying something jumped from the tank and was flailing about behind the stand! The fire eel was trying to escape lol luckily I was able to net him and get him back in the tank. He's doing just fine.

Ahhhh feeding this morning was a good feeling. An enjoyment of only having this one tank to worry about. Oh the possibilities. New builds are awesome!

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I'm right there with you on that! Having one big tank is a lot of fun and a new build is always exciting. Good luck with the build. I'd love some more shots of your fish.


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I'm right there with you on that! Having one big tank is a lot of fun and a new build is always exciting. Good luck with the build. I'd love some more shots of your fish.
Thanks I appreciate it. I'll get some better pics up soon.

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Quick question, how do you like your wave maker? I was interested in buying one that is probably very similar to the one you have. Mostly because it was very cheap and adjustable.


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Quick question, how do you like your wave maker? I was interested in buying one that is probably very similar to the one you have. Mostly because it was very cheap and adjustable.
Hey sorry but I have Jabeo listed under "future upgrades" I plan on getting the Jabeo cp-40 eventually. However I had 2 wp10's in the past they were good for circulation but one of them made a slight vibrating sound when run on higher settings so I feel like it's hit or miss with getting a quiet one. For the money I feel like they are a great value.


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I got a chance to stop by my favorite LFS today its called Blue Water Zoo. Picked up a couple 1.25" SAE's to help with algae export when the time comes. I didn't think about it at the time but these little guys are the perfect shape and size to fit in croc's(fire eel) mouth! I'm going to have to keep him well fed in order to keep his mind off eating them.

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Woke up today and noticed that I hadnt turned my canister filter back on after a water change yesturday. The water was cloudy so I collected some for testing and did a 50% w/c. All parameters are good. I think it had something to do with a combination of me not having the filter run and the driftwood I added that had been cleaned with peroxide and scrubbed. Maybe some die off of algae.

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At the moment im thinking about my plant order and upgrading the control system.

I've found a seller on e b a y that seems affordable. I should be able to plant the entire tank for around $150. Lots of java fern, anubias, and Bucephalandra.

For the control system I think I will go with a 48" 12 receptacle power strip and an 8 receptacle Dj power strip. I'll use wifi outlets on the 48" strip for my wave makers and lighting in order to enable me to control them from my phone. As for my heater, filters, co2 solenoid, stand lighting, and Quarantine equipment I'll be using the Dj strip mounted in a convenient location for easy access. This should make water changes, maintenance and feeding easier.



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I worked on the stand lighting today. After researching stand lighting a bit seen alot of folks using leds. They looked good and lit under the stand very well. Naturally I wanted to use leds also but after going through some of my aquarium equipment I found 2 dual bulb T5HO fixture from my old reef tank. I decided to use them instead of going led. They get the job done very well!

Wire management will be taken care of when I receive my power strips.
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I picked up one of those DJ outlets myself and plan on going with a LED strip light under my tank, just like you had originally planned. There is so much space under your stand! Looks good.


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I picked up one of those DJ outlets myself and plan on going with a LED strip light under my tank, just like you had originally planned. There is so much space under your stand! Looks good.
Nice sounds like a good plan man. What brand did you go with and where did you purchase it? Yeah Lots of space now but I still have to move my pressurized co2 system under there and have plans for another canister filter. I'm almost talking myself out of the fx6. I'm thinking of getting another odyssea. The cfs 700 or higher. It's just so much more inexpensive and I know they work ya know. It's hit or miss if they are noisy though. I had a cfs 500 for 3 years that was quiet. The one I have now isn't as quiet. What do you think i should do?

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I look forward to watching the tank develop!
Could I have a better picture of your SAE's? The pic you showed did not look like an Siamese Algae Eater, but a Chinese Algae Eater (The tail looks like a dead give away and the mouth looks wrong, but it has been a few years since I had my SAE's.). If they are CAE's I would get rid of them as fast as possible, they will eventually eat all your other fish, including angels. (Not kidding)
CAE's are sold by big box stores as SAE's, why I don't want to speculate but that is just the sad truth.
Just trying to make sure you don't wind up with fish suddenly dying from having chunks taken out of them during the night... Because that is not fun.
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Nice sounds like a good plan man. What brand did you go with and where did you purchase it? Yeah Lots of space now but I still have to move my pressurized co2 system under there and have plans for another canister filter. I'm almost talking myself out of the fx6. I'm thinking of getting another odyssea. The cfs 700 or higher. It's just so much more inexpensive and I know they work ya know. It's hit or miss if they are noisy though. I had a cfs 500 for 3 years that was quiet. The one I have now isn't as quiet. What do you think i should do?

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I purchased this one:


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


It had good reviews, a decent fuse, and came with the cord. I only have a lighting strip, heater controller, return pump, and under cabinet lighting to worry about. That's not even half of the outlets.


As far as your whole situation, I'm a sucker for cheap canisters. I've used SunSun exclusively when I had canisters. Both the 302 and 304 worked wonders for me. They are not nearly as powerful though. Point being, I'd go cheap personally. Can you hear it through the stand? I had a bit of surface agitation on my tank as well as lids over the tank. So the ripple sound along with evaporation drops falling onto the water drown out the hum of my canisters.


With that said, I've gone to sumps exclusively! I replaced my last sump with a canister due to the overflow design and vacation/tank watching. But with my new bean animal overflow, I won't be nearly as worried going forward.


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I look forward to watching the tank develop!
Could I have a better picture of your SAE's? The pic you showed did not look like an Siamese Algae Eater, but a Chinese Algae Eater (The tail looks like a dead give away and the mouth looks wrong, but it has been a few years since I had my SAE's.). If they are CAE's I would get rid of them as fast as possible, they will eventually eat all your other fish, including angels. (Not kidding)
CAE's are sold by big box stores as SAE's, why I don't want to speculate but that is just the sad truth.
Just trying to make sure you don't wind up with fish suddenly dying from having chunks taken out of them during the night... Because that is not fun.
Haha what you seen is an otocinclus. He's full grown. I haven't posted a pic of the 2 SAE'S yet.

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