I've always been fascinated with aquariums all my life but have never personally owned one. That was until this past weekend when I picked up a used 110 gal tank. It was used previously as a saltwater tank but I will be using it for freshwater. I know many veterans of this hobby will say a 110 gal tank is too much for a beginner. They'll also think I'm foolish for going planted as well but that's my plan. However I'm not going into this blindly and have done some research but of course there's still lots to learn and many questions to ask so here goes.
Should I plant first or fill the tank, treat the water and let the pump cycle the water for a day or two first? It will definitely be easier to plant first but finding where and how to treat and aerate 110 gal of water will be a problem.
The tank came with a wet/dry filter and I'm planning on using it with my setup. The overflow tank sits only about an inch or two below the water line so I'm assuming only water in the area of the overflow tank is being syphoned down into the sump. How can I improve water circulation so that water in all areas of the tank are going down into the filter?
I'm going to give it about a good 2-3 weeks before introducing any fish to start the "cycle". I'm thinking of a small school of 5 or 6 Danios. Considering the size of the tank is this still too many fishes at one time?
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Oh, in case you didn't know, it's the fish poop that starts the cycle, so the cycle won't start until you add fish. Don't change the filter material, or replace it till the cycle has been established to where you have zero ammonia and nitrites, and you have production of nitrates. This shows that your benneficial bacteria in the filter have colonised and cycling properly. Some people freak out when the ammonia rises, or the nitrites, which it will until your biological filter is working (cycling), and they replace the filter material removing all the benneficial bacteria.
Anyway, have fun..PK
Anyway, have fun..PK
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