Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: May 2011
Location: california, orange county
100g plunge, need advice/info
Hey everyone I am more than likely picking up a 100g setup today or tomorrow, and was wondering from people with first hand experience with such a large tank, the difficulties and costs of running such a large tank, I already have many 20gs but nothing above in capacity, I'm aware of the cost for my startup and the fish stock is coming from all my other tanks, all are very compatible, south american fish+ 1 king betta, I have someone I wish to buy wood from and I have my substrate, filters are included but I don't trust just two canisters so I'm buying an fx5 or comparable filter,
lights I have no idea what i am going to do but I want med-high light as my co2 setup is top notch.
not sure if I need heaters, none of my small tanks do but would be nice to be certain,
can i start this with 30g of mature aquarium water and 70g treated tap? or 50g treated tap and 20g ro and 30g mature?
what are water changes like on a tank this size? assume I am not dosing fertz and filtration is above par with loads of plants,
I would like to do them weekly as I don't find water changes to be a problem I like doing them,
Should I top off with ro/di?
should I water change 100% ro/di? or mix it with tap?
It is a lot of question but I just want to make sure I'm not going to be over worked and give up on it I want to know ahead of time, also this tank is replacing all but my breeder/qt and a saltwater.
Any experiences shared are very well appreciated