Finally! After one year I have water in my new tank
No live plants yet. I want to wait until I know for sure that I will be home for a while (new job keeps sending me away for training).
The two occupants (Gourami and Pleco) seem happy. I do have a few plastic plants for the Gourami to hide in.
The plumbing consists of three whole house water filters hooked together with a Quiet One 2200 pump. The pump is rigged to pull water out of the filters and return it to the tank. Most of the plumbing is PVC, but there are two sections of clear flexible hose.
SInce the pump is not self priming, I made provisions for manual priming by means of some ball valves and a 'fill port'. There is also a valve for quickly draining the tank for full or partial water changes.
It took a while to get the pump to pump correctly. Even then, I can see air bubbles in the clear hose sections and the pump is noisier than I thought it would be.
My question is: Are the 'Quiet One' pumps supposed to be noisy, or is it because of air trapped in the system? Also, any ideas on how to get all the air out? Since I do not have live plants yet, I am running an air stone to keep the water oxygenated.