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Default 135 Gallon Oceanic Tropheus Build

Ok, so I figured out how to upload pictures to the site so here is what I am working with for the moment.

I purchased this aquarium last weekend about 45 miles from my house. no big issue right? Well that was also when the arctic blast from Canada made it to Texas, so it was cold and raining. Fun times.....



This is how it sits as of last night. I'm not sold 100% on my scape, but it will do for now.

So lets break it all down.
  • 135 Gallon Oceanic Aquarium 72"18"x24"
  • Back of the aquarium has been painted flat black.
  • 135 Gallon Oceanic Stand 72"x18"x26"
  • 80 lbs of PFS
  • 180 lbs of lime stone chunk rock with some holes in a few pieces
  • 300W Jager heater
  • 2 - Eheim 2215's
  • Maxi Jet Power Head (150 GPH)
  • EVO
  • 72" LED Aquarium Light

What's going to change or be added?
  • I will be picking up an Eheim 2260 to replace both 2215's.
  • I may be redesigning the intake and outlet of the eheim by using black or dark grey PVC. I don't put anything painted in my tanks. just my personal preference.
  • I purchased a mag 9.5 and wet/dry from a friend last night.
  • I have another friend coming by this weekend with another wet/dry that will probably work better than the other.
  • To accommodate the flow rate of the mag 9.5, I will be purchasing a Eshopps PF-1000 external overflow box, and hopefully have it completely plumbed in by the end of the weekend.
  • Move the heater into the wet/dry.
  • I will be adding two Hydor Koralia 1150 powerheads around Tuesday of next week. (One on each end of the aquarium)
  • I have requested a quote from a local canopy and stand builder on building a canopy to match the stand.
  • I will be replacing my power strip with a new 10 outlet surge protector.
  • I hope to add between 6-10 Clown Loaches sometime next week.

So there it is for now. Please let me know what you think. I will get my better camera out this weekend to take better pictures.

Also I have a few questions:
  1. What type of plecostomus will work for my tank and not distract or hinder my tropheus?
  2. Should I add 2-3 catfish and if so what type can i add that won't mess with the tropheus or hinder breeding?

Thanks for reading and any input given.
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Very Clean setup you got! Love it!

Looking forward to watching the tank fill up.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate it. I like simple designs. I would love to have plants but, they tend to cause more issues with me than enjoyment.
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NICE setup, that exactly the tank dimensions I want. My 150 is 72x18x29 ,wish I had 24-30" width. Gold nugget/ bumble bee/ red bushy nose pleco's are good to use. Just add one piece of Mopani wood for them for nutrients. Also some Java Fern plants work great for your aqua scape as they do NOT need substrate and will attach to your rocks as well as any piece of wood, nice long harder leaves that propagate easily and Tropheus will not eat the leaves IME. enjoy...
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Just a quick update:

Installed an eheim 2260 and added 6 clown loaches to the tank this past weekend. I also installed a hydor koralia 1150 on the left side of the tank. I would have installed the second one I bought, but the impeller was broken on arrival. Luckily the ebay seller said it was no big issue an he would ship me a new one today.

I'm putting the finishing touches on my wet/dry system (Silicone is drying) and I hope to install it tonight if all goes well. Hopefully my heater will fit in the bottom of the wet/dry, otherwise I will have to replace it with something else. I will be purchasing a better surge protector with more outlets hopefully this evening.
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Very cool! Thanks for the update!
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How long has your silicone been drying. I know the tube says 24 or 48 hrs for full cure. I usually wait 5-7 days just to be on the safe side.
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on the plug for my wet dry, it will be 24hrs tonight when I do a water test. The PVC pipes i made and attached to my over flow will have been drying for 24 hrs as well. if it were something I was going to subject to a higher amount of pressure such as a "quick disconnect" or something along that lines, I would wait 48 hrs. I have never had issues in the past on anything I have used aquarium silicone on after 24 hrs and I tend to use more than necessary. I have also used actual PVC glue with no issues. But I only use that when I want something permanently bonded together.
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Barret, what kind of tropheus are you thinking for the tank?

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