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  1. Nah, don't think that would be enough, there are no plants only driftwood and a load a big messy Americans in the tank. This is why the filter system is so extreme, will be 10 kg of media in each drum, so 30 kg all up, then with the pond filter full of foam and then the purigen and carbon followed by the filter socks, I am hoping the water will stay crystal clear with reasonably low nitrates and not too many water changes. It has been running on 2 drums and clay balls up until now, but fish are getting bigger, so wanted to overhaul it all and improve filtration will some failsafe measures along the way to protect fish. The more I think about it, the more problems I think the air in the drums will cause..... may have to re-think the idea and run a few tests, held up at the moment as the araldite is hard, but still a but tacky to the touch..... something is not right as it should only take 3 days to go off completely and is brand new, so glue should be all good. I have tried to break it and it is solid, just don't want to risk it with fish when it is tacky to the touch...... very strange
  2. It is a completely close system, but due to the placement of the pump it is sucked through the drums, not pushed. With the drums I was thinking about an airline coming out of top of the drums and traveling up the back of the tank above the tank water level with a one way valve so it can let air out, but nothing in. All my other tanks are stumped so just have a 40hr battery backup air pump in the sump to keep bacteria alive in a power cut and want to do the same with this tank, but stand won't allow for sump, so have to work with the custom filter system just not sure it will work now
  3. Yeah, got a feeling the air in the drums might cause a problem, if it traps in the top of the system, it is possible it will push the water out through the bottom of the drums. No water in the drums and I will have a problem. I was trying to create a system that will prevent any loss or problems in the event of a power cut and has to function entirely on it's own, I don't want to have to do anything, that way it will work if I am asleep, or not even at home. I am thinking of a pressure release, might even be as simple as one of those one way valves in the top of the drum. If only there was a valve that would let air through and not water, could fit it to the top of the drum and it would stop the water being pushed out of the drums.
  4. Been working on my new filter drums today. Going to make them up one at a time and swap them out so it doesn't upset the filtering system, someone else started the filter design and the drums have seen better days, so brought some new better ones. They are currently full of lava balls and they keep blocking the system so have to go. This will end up containing this new BioHome media that is supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread....hmmmm, jury is out on that one, only time will tell (f**king expensive sh*t I know that much). I have glued some egg crate in the bottom (with super strength araldite) to stop the media from blocking the flow and allowing the air to flow up through the media. The water comes from the tank into a pressurised pond filter that I use as a mechanical filter and UV, then through the inline heater and splits into 3 lines, each one going to one of these drums and then back into the splitter that takes 3 into 2. Each of the 2 lines goes into a separate canister that contains a filter sock, bag of Seachem Purigen in one and sock with a bag of carbon when needed in the other. Then from there back into a 10,000lph pump and back up to the tank. At each end there is a ball valve to shut off water supply and a tap and hose fitting under the tank for draining and filling the tank. I have glued an airline into the bottom of each of the drums and these are connected to a battery backup air pump to protect the biological media in each of the drums in the event of a power cut. There is another backup air pump supplying the tank with air in the event of a power cut as well. No such thing as overkill, is a stupid word. If the Nitrate stays too low it can mean only one thing.......you do not have enough fish in the tank. Go and buy some more! Only thing I am not sure about is my idea of supplying air to the drums (which they don't currently have) to protect the bacteria in the event of a power cut (and we get a few), What will happen when the tank pump stops circulating the water and the air pump is still blowing air into the drums. I am guessing it will get pushed back through the splitters at each end of the system as the drums are all individually connected via the splitters. At one end they go to the heater and then into the mechanical filter and back to tank. At the other they go into the filter socks and then onto the pump and back to tank. I am hopping as they are only air pumps, so low pressure, they will not have enough power to push the water and the crap from the foam filters backwards from the mechanical filter and then into the tank. With a bit of luck as it is only small bubbles from an air pump they will simply pass through the water and back into the tank. If it works really well I may even be able to remove the airlines to the tank as the air will get pushed back into the tank protecting the fish from suffocating. But does it mean I will see lots of air bubbles coming out of all the returns to the tank. Hoping that will not be too visible as I hate air bubbles in the tank. I use a wave maker to agitate the surface and oxygenate the water, so didn't want airlines in tank, but have no other way of protecting the fish..
  5. Keep the Red Terror, best fish of the lot, but really is a one fish tank, even the males kill the females if you are not careful. They always do it at night, they are sneaky buggers, they swim around looking all cool and getting along fine and then one night out of the blue the red terror morphs into the Terminator and goes on a killing rampage. I think they wait until they are big enough to take out the entire tank in a single night, then bang! all over red rover. Good Luck
  6. Sell them.....or as soon as the Red Terror gets big enough, they are all dead, the Jag and the devil will put up a fair fight, but my moneys on the Festae, those things are natural born killers and need there own tank. That is only if you're lucky and it is female. If the Festae is male, then they are already on borrowed time and when its ready it will probably kill them all in one go while you are asleep one night. Normally at about 10cm and above they start to get more aggressive. The Oscar will be the first to go, it will just lay on the bottom of the tank and die at the first sign of a real fight, they are good at posturing and pulling scary faces, but that is all they got, big sooks Too be honest any one of those fish (apart from the Salvini) would be too big for that tank as adult and it doesn't take long
  7. [MENTION=5428]ozmo[/MENTION] I am looking for 10 of those handles if you know where to get them. Or FJ, if you are going to let us all know and stop teasing everyone
  8. I believe the socks were fitted that way to prevent having to clean them every couple of days, not really sure there is a lot to gain from socks. Don't use them on any other tanks and water is crystal clear in . Going to run without for a while and see how it goes.
  9. Yeah, already cleaned and replaced all the media, will be looking to change one soon as I have brought some new drums and wanted to fit some plumbing as it currently uses a lot of hose and I want to use plastic pipe, so will test again when I change it over to see if I still get priming issues. Yeah other tanks I have are all running sumps, but this was already fitted and tank is not drilled, so would take a fair amount of work to convert.
  10. Hi guys, brought a new tank and need some advice on the filter system. The current filter system is a nightmare to prime, so everytime I do any work on it, it results in a nightmare to get going again. Once running it is fine. However I have recently removed the filter socks as the were blocked solid and was looking to buy some new socks. I left the socks out and started the tank back up and this generated quite a bit noise from the water in the sock section, basically it sounds like it is cavitating due to the pump pulling through the filter system. The Foam Filter and UV drum is about 35L and each of the bio filter drums are 30L and packed completely full of ceramic knoddles and lava balls, so should be an awesome system, just want to make it easier to work with and functioning as best as possible. This got me thinking and I came up with rerouting the plumbing and pulling the water from the tank and pushing it through the filter system. This should make it very easy to prime and the water will pull straight from tank and into pump. Only downside I see is crap from the tank will get sucked through the pump, however I am not sure it is going to affect the pump as it is only fish poo etc I have attached a diagram of the current setup and then the proposed. Need some advice from the filter experts...... any advice would be appreciated. Aquarium is 10ft x 2ft x 2ft and will be housing mostly large Americans, so plenty of mess Mind you, since removing the socks it primed straight up and sucked any air straight through the system and started right back up. When I removed the socks they were completely blocked and I could fill them with water and is trickled off rye bottom of the sock, was lucky it hadn't burnt the pump out already from strained so hard to draw water through the system
  11. Yeah is 10 x 2 x 2, it was running when I brought it, so wasn't to worried, going to get it up and running for a bit and make hood + paint it all in high gloss black 2 pack, well that is the plan. Then as there are a few scratches on the glass I was planning on cutting the front panel out and replacing with starfire glass. Will reseal all the front of the tank then and just to be sure will stick some thin angle on the outside of all the seams on the back of the tank as the background stops me getting to the glass,just to make sure I don't get problems later. So today was lights, thought I would go el cheapo on the lights as I am not looking to grow plants and they will be covered by the hood anyway. So one 3m length of plastic gutter, 3m length of plastic pipe, 2 gutter ends, one small joiner and 10m of waterproof LED lights off eBay and away I went, need to get a 6amp power supply as I have joined 2 5m lengths of LEDsb the second set are dimmer at the moment, will update when I get the new power supply ans post photos of the white light. So all I did was cut the small joiner in half and glue it to the inside of the gutter ends and the wound the 10m of waterproof leds around the plastic pipe and then stuck each end in the piece of joiner that I glued to the inside on the ends of the gutter...... perfect, 3m LED for about $100 all up with a can of plasti dip black paint to paint it later. Can have the lights white, red, purple, yellow, blue and a few more, can dim up and down all on a remote control, then if I wanted to make the fish fit, I could have them in various flashing sequences. Not sure why it looks purple in the photo as it was on blue, can't wait to get the right power supply to see what the end result will be. One with flash, one without, but only on phone Will only use white in the day and the dark blue for moon light and probably dim it a bit as it is already quite bright and only running 4 amp power supply at the moment Just have to see how long they last, but can replace the LED's for less than the cost of one bulb anyway (think they were just under $40 for 10m), so wont matter anyway Looking to make the hood next.
  12. Oh and ordered some LED lights off the internet...... going to have a go at making something up myself.....just not sure what yet. Then I am going to make a hood for it...... can't standing being able to see the water level..... has to go, so will need a hood, that and it will hide all the lights. Then I think I might give it a new look with that high gloss 2 pack black paint...... hmm, wonder it I could get something to dye the epoxy black with and I could look at coating the cabinet and hood with it.... have to give that some thought.... first work out how and then play about testing it on scrap wood.
  13. Been a big weekend. Cleaned and replaced all filters and media. Fixed up a few last touches and filled the filters and drained again to fix leaks....3 times in the end. Got there in the end, as always time was getting tight and it did everything it could to stop me succeeding with leaks, that and I am a little obsessive about fittings and leaks. I the end I sealed some of the filter drums perminatley, as I am not happy with the plumbing due to the fact most of it is hose and it just gets in the way, so will be looking to replace the filter drums and redo all plumping in plastic pipe and run it through back of cabinet. So water in and tank is cycling (oh and wood is floating).....had one of the juvi Africans die on Thursday, so froze it and then just threw it in the 10ft, it can swim (I mean float) around in there for a while, should generate all the Ammonia I need, always good to smash a new tank with as much ammonia as you can find and then I had some SeaChem stability to kick start the bacteria, I like to make sure ammonia is way off the scale, managed to get one of the test kits to go a blue colour instead of green. I normally go overboard so the filters are coping with a massive load, then I stop adding sources of ammonia, give it a day or so to settle and then throw all the fish in at once, normally this is not even half the bio load the filters have been fighting during the cycle.
  14. Well, not a bad day on the tank front. The gravel turned up, so washed it all and threw it in the tank. Fittted a 200 x 75 hardwood support beam across the garage under the floor of the tank for 2.7m (tank is 10ft, so just over 3m). With 2 100 x 100 hardwood posts to support the beam. Just got to drill and bolt the top of the posts to the beam in the morning and drive the wedges under a little tighter and the strengthing of the floor will be complete. Not sure if I will have time tomorrow, but just need to removce the filter drums and replace the media, get a couple of new filter socks to replace the old ones and add some Matrix and purigen and it will be ready to add water. Will throw in a bottle or two of the Seachem stability and might even see if I can pinch some seeded media from the wifes tank (will take the bag of Matrix from the wifes sump and replace it with a new bag, should be enough to give it a kick start) really need to get it cycled asap as the other tanks are way to overcrowded. But can't afford to start moving fish before the cycle completes as it will cost me too much in Prime to protect the fish from the tank cycling. Used to keep a few Marine tanks about 10-15 years ago and would always run the whole cycle without a fish in the tank and even then add them slowly as to be honest there was nothing that would protect the fish enough for them to survive. However things have come a long way and I have now proved that you can add fish the day you fill the tank and they can survive the cycle un-touched, provided you are very careful and monitor the tank very closely. There are a few key Ingredients to pull this off and not many have them. First one being a Seachem Ammonia test kit.....nothing else will do, as this is the only test kit available that will measure free Ammonia and this is the key to it all, the prime will contain the Ammonia, but without the test kit you will not be able monitor the effect as all other kits detect total Ammonia and that is not the deadly stuff.....free Ammonia is. Will save the full explaination for another thread. Not the best photo, but gravel in now......
  15. Yeah close, is a hippo...... Not sure what I am actually going to put in the tank, was just going to go driftwood and a few rocks. I put those in there just to get an idea of what it would look like. The wife has started to drag out every aquarium ornament we have ever brought over the years.....and there is some shockers in that lot.......I can see there is going to be a fight in a minute id she things for one minute that **** is going in my nice new tank. WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS AT THE BACK OF THE GARAGE UNDER A PILE OF JUNK WOMAN!.......God give me strength
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