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Old 11-24-2015
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Looking for some help and suggestions on setting up my first tropheus tank. Actually my first freshwater tank in a while been doing salt forever and wanting to do something new.
This will be a 180 gallon tank 48” wide 24” deep” and 36” tall.
I have always ran a sump but I a friend gave me a bunch of stuff as he is getting out of the hobby. So I have 2 FX6 canister filters, 3 AC 110, and 3 Nu-Clear Canister filters with the extension kits. However I have no filter material or media for any of them. I also have 2 36 watt UV sterilizer.
So this is my plan.
I plan on setting up 2 of the AC 110 and use it strictly for mechanical filtration.
Then use both FX6 as my biologic filters with SeaChem Matrix and Bio-Home and Purigen, this will then go to one of the Nu-Clear Canister Filters without the extension using with a 25 micron filter. Followed by the UV Sterilizers.
One of them will then flow through a spray bar and the other through under gravel jets.
I also plan on setup up a automation water change system that will do daily 7-10% water changes with RO water that will be buffered as needed.
Anyone see any issues with this or any better suggestions. My one concern is that the bio media might clog without any sponges or floss on the first tray!!!!!
Oh, I also plan on running my heaters inline as well.
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Have a sump, use it, scrap any type of under gravel jets, use sand.

I would put the bio filtration near the end, as it will be the cleanest water.

With the 36 inch high, you need surface movement or turnover at the top with only 4 feet of length, all the more reason to use some type of a surface skimmer like an overflow
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I think the 2 110s and 2 fluvals would be PLENTY of filtration for a 180, no need for undergravel filtration though, use sand. Welcome to fresh water aquariums..and Tropheus keeping!
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