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125 Gal Diy Filtration

Here's my filter system for my new 125 gal goldfish tank. I 1st built two fluid bed filters from 20 gal. rubbermaid tubs. I installed a 2" balance line between them. Used one 1.2" by 12" air stone in each tub, powered by a Dolphin AV 50 air pump. Each tub has 10 gal. of Ki in it.
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Next using rec. rubbermaid storage bins I made two TTs that sit on top of the fluid beds. Each TT has a 1500 shot gun wads in it. I used the bottom of two additional storage bins to make slide out drawers with 1/8 inch holes drilled on 2" centers. Each drawer has a layer of quilt batting in it to collect solids that come from the aquarium's two overflows. The drawers are accessible from inside the cabinet.
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Is this for a planted tank? And whats the deal with the plumbing above the top of the tank stand?


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Here's the finished filtration. I am using four magnum 350s to return the water, 1400 gph minus head. Each magnum is full of carbon.
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Is this for a planted tank? And whats the deal with the plumbing above the top of the tank stand?
Yes, this will be a goldfish and planted tank. the plumbing was to temp run the filtration in the shop with out the aquarium to fine tune the flows and check for leaks.
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I am assuming this is a low tech planted then? Because if you are going to use pressurized CO2, you are going to outgas quite a bit with that Wet/Dry trickle filter setup.

nice work on the plumbing though. Wow!


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I am assuming this is a low tech planted then? Because if you are going to use pressurized CO2, you are going to outgas quite a bit with that Wet/Dry trickle filter setup.

nice work on the plumbing though. Wow!
Correct, I wasn't planing on using CO2. And with goldfish and cooler water I have to be very selective on plants.
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I'm not so worried about the cooler water, most goldfish tanks are temperate tanks anyway, most plants don't like high temperatures either. The problem is that you're going to have to find robust plants that aren't going to be easily foraged by the Goldfish...

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I'm not so worried about the cooler water, most goldfish tanks are temperate tanks anyway, most plants don't like high temperatures either. The problem is that you're going to have to find robust plants that aren't going to be easily foraged by the Goldfish...
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Gold fish are cool water fish or did I miss something?

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i kept my goldfish at 73F. I hope this ideal for both plant and fish.

I don't have any up rooting problem or eating plant. Lucky fish i got.


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Well given that they can last in outdoor ponds in the summer (in my area summers get as hot ast 115-120 degrees outside) and I've seen them overwinter in those small barrel "ponds" goldfish are a tolerant type. Normal room temp should be fine for goldfish. However, I would advise not going over 76 degrees if you can help it, usually 60-72 is a fair range for golds. As far as plants go you could always use anubis, java fern, bolbitus, java moss, and other tough plants....They might be slow growing but at least their tough. I have seen swords in some goldfish tanks though so you might want to look into that...

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i do have stem plant, hairgrass. Mine never touched those plant.
It is a mistake to plant minimal plant at the initial, gf will destroy them as they mistaked those plants as snacks


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My water temp has been staying at 72 with out a heater.
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