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From 55g to 150 - SUGGESTIONS???

HI - I was just given a 150 long yipee!!! Now i am starting to work on a plan to break down my 55 planted, to convert to the 150. The 55 has an Ehiem 2217, which i plan to use on the 150, in addition to another canitser. I need suggestions as to type and placement of the intake/outflow and heater??? I am SO excited about this project, but a bit intimidated as well - i've not done a tank this large.
Since i'm not setting them up in the same location, it doesn't have to be done all at once - whew.
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I'd start over with a new sustrait in the 150, and just move the canister filter over after you have the new tank all set up.

You could get your second filter and run it on the big tank while it's cycling and then move the other filter over when you take the fish from the old tank.

As far as a heater... an Eheim Jager heater would be my choice. I've heard stories of people running one of those for over a decade and still going strong. And I've never heard of one frying a tank either. When you have that kind of an investment I'd go for the good stuff.

You could do one large heater, or on a tank that big, I'd go with 2 smaller ones. One on each side. A couple 200 watt Jager heaters would be perfect. They tend to heat more gallons per watt than the cheapies.
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THanks for the suggestions! i was lucky and was given the tank by a client who did not want to move it again (yeah for me). I just have room for both tanks. Would you set a filter on each end, or criss cross the intake/outflow lines from one end to the other? will it matter?
i am making a retaining wall like i did with my 55, and can't wait to see how it turns out
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substrate suggestions? i mixed natural pea gravel and eco complete (i think) for the plants on the 55. thanks again - can't wait to get this project started!
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If price isn't a big concern I'd go with some fluorite or eco-complete for my substrate. I like to mix sand with my substrates for my corys and other catfish and to help the plants stay rooted.

For heaters I might go with two inline Hydors. You are probably going to need powerheads for flow anyway so the minimal loss of flow from the inlines won't really matter.


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eco-complete sounds good It's scary starting over - how about plant selections in a tank that deep? light requirements?

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PLEASE keep sending suggestions!!!!
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...it depends on what you want. How do you want the tank to look?


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I want to keep it pretty natural looking...i have angels (they are drooling at the new tank). I have several pieces of driftwood to use and plan on making a retaining wall, as i did in my 55, looks pretty cool. i'm worried about lighting penetrating down into to a tank this deep. Is a CO2 going to be needed as well?
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On the in-line Hydors, assuming i would need 2 300w? I run those in-line off the canister filters. I have a Eheim 2217 that i will put on the tank when i break down the 55, but any suggestions as to the other canister? another eheim? the rena?
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I want to keep it pretty natural looking...i have angels (they are drooling at the new tank). I have several pieces of driftwood to use and plan on making a retaining wall, as i did in my 55, looks pretty cool. i'm worried about lighting penetrating down into to a tank this deep. Is a CO2 going to be needed as well?
What are the dimensions? I have never seen a 150Long.

http://ovas.ca/index.php?page=53

Is it one on this list?

Or is it some kind of custom acrylic?


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i'd recommend the 2 inline hydor heaters, i've had them for about 5 years and no problems (yet)
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at least i was told it was a 150..... hadn't officially measured it until now.
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Thanks guys for al the info! I really appreciate the guidance on this project.
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I'd probably either go with a wet/dry, BIG canister (like a Nu-Clear/Ocean Clear), or 3x canisters like Eheim 2217 or Rena XP3s for a tank this size. Mainly so that you can incorporate multiple filter intakes across the length of the tank. IMO most filter intakes won't cover much more than about 2 sqft of tank area, depending on flow/gph.





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