New 200 Gallon Tank

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My new 200 gal. tank. I know these will all get much bigger. I also have a 90 & 75 gal when they start to crowd. Going for 350-500 gal within the next year.
Running 2 Emperor 280 Biofilters plus a 200 gal canister filter.
Jump started cycling. Ran canister filter on running 90 for 1 week allowing good bio's to build up and also transferred 30% of the water when I moved them to the new tank. Running for 3 weeks now. Hasn't clouded once. Doing weekly 10% water changes, filter rinsing, and glass scrub.
Can't wait to set up my biggest. In final planning stages now.



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I must say that the black sand looks absolutely awesome in that tank. Makes the colours on the fish really stand out
 
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It's actually black rock. Have never used sand. Don't know much about +'s & -'s of sand. But thank you!!


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Just changed from tube lights to programmable LED's. Less power, extremely thin and light weight, and doesn't get hot!


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Holy cow how do you maintain such large aquariums? I can barely change water for my 20 gallons, and if algae appears then I'm done for lol.

Btw it looks super cool!
 
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All aggressive fish but live extremely peaceful together. Never any drama. I don't live feed. Pellets, frozen, algae wafers, floating and sinking, and fresh veggies. Feed twice daily but not over fed. Not a lot of waste and water stays clean and clear. Also an 8 inch pleco and 4 inch corey cat. Elusive most if the time.


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Thank you happy.
I think regular maintenance is huge and actually in the end requires less work. Had an algae problem early on when still setting others up. No direct sunlight, not over feeding, plenty of tank cleaning fish, water changes, etc. but running hot grow fluorescents long hours. I keep long working hours and was leaving lights on way too long so I could enjoy early morning and late night. Now with timers, lights are off during the day in between 4 hours on in the a.m. and 4 hours in the p.m. 7-11 and 5-9. Made one of the BIGGEST changes in my overall tank cleanliness!


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Wow what an assortment of fish! What is the fish in the second picture? Looks really nice!
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That's my female Jack Dempsey in the 2nd pic. Bout 3 years old. Shes 7 inches to tip of tail.
Oscar, Jack Dempsey, Leporanis, Pleco, Corey Cat, Parrot Fish, 1 orange & 1 blue Peacock Cichlid, mating pair of Red Jeweled Cichlids, Silver Dollar, 2 Roseline Sharks, and a Gold Gourami. AND the spotted Cichlid that I'm not sure what it's called. He's yellow, grey, and blue.


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Wait a second you have a mating pair of jewels and they aren't killing everything in the tank? How does that work I wanted to keep some except they seem to be crazy aggressive when they are wanting to spawn. And I have been advised that they are best suited in their own tank separate from society.
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I have a twenty gallon set up for quarantining, etc., and when I see them hiding in caves and showing signs that they are mating, I move them. 1st time I found all the fry in the big tank and she did indeed back ALL the other fish into a corner and by the time I set up other tank, they'd eaten the fry. Have had 2 successful batches in the last 6 months since.


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Last batch of Jeweled Fry, I had 67 that I gave to my local fish store. Once they are eating and moving around the tank, mom and dad go back to the big tank.


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Ah, now I see! Funny to think the smaller jewels could push the bigger cichlids into a corner! Well congratulations on your success!
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What's the large black fish with the red dots/patterns? It looks so cool, I can't stop oogling over your tank lol
 
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Yeah that's my tiger oscar. Have had him and the jack dempsey for years. They are buddies for sure. Always rubbing on one another etc.


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