My new 80 gallon! :D

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I got my 80 gallon tall tank today! I'm very excited about it. I'm going to move my puffers over there, since the tank they're in will be way too small once they get big. I got a great deal on the tank. It has 1/2" thick glass, so it's way heavy, I'm not sure how we're going to get it all the way downstairs to my room... But we'll figure something out. Anyways, here's what's going to happen with my tanks.

First, the 80g.
It'll be home for my puffers, but I'll have to start the cycle completely from scratch because of the cyanobacteria problem in their current tank. I think I'll take the opportunity to raise the salinity to about 1.013 (It's at 1.009 currently). Eventually it will be saltwater, and I'm thinking of maybe adding an eel when I get to that point, at least that's what I'm hoping for, I'll see how aggressive my puffers get as they age.

Now, the problem is, it came with an undergravel filter. I know nothing about these at all. Do you guys think I should keep it and add a small HOB filter, or ditch it altogether and just get a good HOB? And since it will be saltwater soon and I'll get live rock, I can get away with underfiltering a bit since my puffs are still so small.

Next, the 20g.
Current home of my puffers, I really wanted to put a figure 8 puffer in there after my puffs move out, but my dad is making me get rid of one tank so that I can get this big one. So, it looks like no figure 8 puffy . At least for now.... I'm working on it, don't you worry. So instead I'll have to ditch the complete setup, remove the aragonite substrate, and convert it to freshwater. *sigh* But then, my two bettas, my two cories, and my pleco will get the whole tank to themselves, so a 10g partition for each! I'm sure they'll appreciate all the immense space.

The 10g.
That's the one I'll have to sell. Right now it's the current residence of my bettas and catfishes. I really wish I didn't have to sell it though. :-\

The 5g.
This one I get to keep, luckily. It has my 3 guppies, along with tons of little ramshorn and MTS snails, and about 6 (for now>) ghost shrimp. I need this tank so I can raise my puffer food in there, and the guppies are cause my little sister loves them.

So yep, there's my plan. I'll use this thread to track my progress of getting the tank set up and whatnot.
I'm way excited!
 

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So you finally got your 80. Good for you! I would suggest no UGF. I've heard nothing good about them. Just a good HOB will suffice.

Just wondering, why get rid of the ten and keep the 5? That would be bigger for growing food/ guppy. just a thought.
 
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Yeah, I've been reading up on them, and I'm pretty darn sure it's going bye-bye.

The reason I have to get rid of a tank is because my dad is concerned about the evaporating water causing high humidity and mold in my room. It took me excessive bargaining to get him to let me even keep the 20g, so I'm taking what I can get.
 
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Thanks

I'm thinking of going to a nearby lake to find some rocks and stuff for the tank.
 
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Lol, I'm going through all the extras... there's lotsa old school stuff in here! Like this heater that has springs in it? Never seen one like that. It has a powerhead for the UGF, I'm hoping I can use that on its own...
And EVERYTHING smells like dead trout! Not very pleasant, lol.
 

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Lol, I'm going through all the extras... there's lotsa old school stuff in here! Like this heater that has springs in it? Never seen one like that. It has a powerhead for the UGF, I'm hoping I can use that on its own...
And EVERYTHING smells like dead trout! Not very pleasant, lol.
My 125 smelt like that..AWFUL..Its horriable...I scrubbed forever just to get the smell off...It also came with a UGF..I took it out because it was NASTY under there..But I've heard where you can turn them upside down and have it actually push thing up instead of sucking down on the gunk..I didn't do that because I put sand in the tank and I still think that crud would get under the plates..Good luck PFP.
 

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awesome tank, cant wait for pics im thinking of getting either a 80G tall or 180G.
 

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Congrats on the new tank! Don't use the UGF if you can help it. I had one in my 20gal and that was a nightmare! Dread to think what it'd be like doing maintenence in a 80gal tall! Pockets o0f REAL toxic ammonia can get trapped in the gravel using a UGF, and if they get disturbed..................Bye,Bye Fishes!
 
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Yeah, I'm going to throw out the UGF as soon as I get it out. Everything I've been hearing and reading is "this is garbage" lol.

Here's the pic of it from the classifieds listing... Obviously I'm going to make it look WAY different... but you can see the basic tank and stand shape. He offered to let me take the cichlid too (the bigger one had died since the pic was taken), but of course I didn't want it. I took the treasure chest decor but not the rock one cause the holes are too small. He gave me all the gravel, even though I don't want it... I think my dad is going to throw it out back to cover where our dog kennel used to be.
 

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He had like 4 other aquariums, one of which just had a Jack Dempsey in it, so he put the cichlid in there. I don't know what kind that one was though.
 

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Hi PFP,
Nice tank!
Did the lights come with it?
Are they T5 or T8?
Only 1 way to get it down the stairs... slowly very slowly
 
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Lol
Yes, the lights came with it. I haven't gotten a good look at them yet, so all I can tell you is there's 2 fluorescent bulbs.
 
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Thanks

My brother keeps nagging me saying that my tanks aren't pretty enough (which amazes me really) and he said "this one we're gonna make so beautiful that it'll win tank of the month" lol
 

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I doubt the humidity would be a problem. There is a thing called partial pressure of water vapors that will only allow so much humidity into the air. Its very complicated and involves lots of fun calculations and a really big chart to figure out, but the humidity shouldn't be an issue, unless it already is some. You could get a dehumidifier and your dad wouldn't be able to tell you a limit on tanks, but that might be enabling....hehehe.

The tank looks cool, wish I had the room to go that big.
 
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Thing is, my dad talked to my neighbor who used to have a 250g SW in his house, and he said that they got a bit of mold from it... the tank is at his business now, lol.

Dehumidifier, eh? Never heard of one... >
 

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Lol, yes they take water out of the air and condense it into liquid again. I first saw one at a friend of my parent's house in their basement. Here in Kentucky it gets really humid in the summers and they were having problems with moisture and mold in the basement. All they had to do was empty the thing occasionally and it solved all the problems.

I am not sure how much it takes out or how much you would need to remove. You could start measuring the water that evaporates from your existing tanks, say by gallons per week, and then get back to me with the figures. I could run a few calculations and let you know what pans out, a dehumidifier might be a possible fix. It will add to the energy use in the house though, which Dad might use against you.

(Now I need to dig up those notes and charts from college....)
 
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Lol
Luckily I live in a desert out here in Utah ;D
I was googling it, and there's some mini ones that run around $50 that seem manageable...
 
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