My 1000 Litre Frontosa tank journey

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  1. Ortaega

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    I want to share with the community my new 1000 Litre Frontosa tank build. It is my first serious venture into the hobby and I want to take things slowly. Although we all know that it is easier said than done.

    TANK
    Dimensions is (L)250cm x (W)60cm x (H)75cm. Tanks got 2 angled side sumps to in it. I Will see if I cannot get some more clear pics on this as this is also the first time I'm using filtration.
    The tank is built with 12mm glass and double base at the bottom.

    Tanks nicely set up on a leveling stand plus cabinet. The canopy needs a bit of work 2 of the hinges broke so must be very careful when I pick up the lid there is the possibility of one of the others breaking and that will not be good. Should sort it hopefully over this weekend.

    The tank contains Pool filter sand of substrate almost 80kg. Then further mostly rocks and 2 pieces of driftwood, trying to keep it simple and open for fish to have a clear swim mid tank to top, might add some more rocks for hiding spots at the bottom. Tank is already about 10 years old and still going strong.

    UNDER THE HOOD

    1. Lights:
    Very old basic fluorescence set up, got a mix of 1x bio light 2x moonlight. Not much to my liking but can see why they had it this way as the previous space and fish kept it lit up the tank is not too bad of a light.

    Would like to either do a DIY light strip replacement as it is hard to find lighting that can just fit this tank.

    Might look at getting a 150cm light setup and centre it as I believe this might be good enough to light up the tank as I'm not gonna go high tech planted or any of that. Possibly only a few amazon swords or Anubias if ever go the planted route.

    2. Filtration: Each side sump contains a return pump rated 800 - 2100 l/ph flow. Small size pumps with quite a lot of power. Think the brand is "Totto" or something will check and post a pic of it. Connected to some pipe with a "SC Vortex Accelerator" on the end where I direct the water flow out of the sump filter.

    3. Heating:
    1x 500w heater in the left sump will get another one to add to the right side as a backup and for winter times.

    LIVESTOCK

    Frontosa x7
    Cuckoo Catfish x2 {had 3, but one did not make it after my last power outage}
    Mixed Malawi's x10 {Consists mostly from yellow labs, rest will still have a look to see if can identify}
    Neolamprologus Brichardi x4
    Pleco x1

    Previous thread with some pics and on moving this tank: https://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/threads/advise-needed-on-moving-a-big-tank.34952/

    Will be doing updates/pics as I get them. Struggling to take pics of these little buggers in the tank :):D:thumbup:
     
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    Ortaega

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    Found a pic online of the pumps, not using the exact same size, but it is one of these. Really not bad and my LFS is using these on a massive marine build they are running.

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    I will be following to see how your tank progresses. :thumbup:
     
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    looking forward to updates
     
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    Thanks :thumbup:

    Thanks :thumbup:

    @Shabir , this is the new thread I'm making on the tank.


    Looking forward to this. I was hoping to add a 150cm Zetlight marine version in the centre of the tank and now all of a sudden they are sold out almost at all my lfs suppliers do not have anymore as they moving over to the wifi series one. First gonna try the 2 LED spotlights I have and see how this goes.
     
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    Wow that sounds like a banger of a tank.. when I did a DIY set up I used LED strip lights, the ones you can cut and join and it gave me better lighting than the T5 did.

    Also try to send pics of the mixed Malawi's I will try to help you ID them

    Your tank sounds awesome lol I'm jealous
     
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    :thumbup: Thanks, will try and get some pics of Malawi's as soon as I can get a clear shot of the little buggers. Gonna look around for some good led strips and the pricing on them.
     
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    Some pics I took today after 25% water change. For now, just bought a standard LED T8 light setup from the hardware store to use until I sort out the lights permanently.
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    Amazing .. love it
     
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    Thanks :D
     
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    Waiting for those birchardi to start breeding. Going to look good in there:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Off the topic.. how do you do water changes? Lol
     
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    hahaha, not with buckets like in mt 250l tank.

    With this one, I have a gravel cleaner connected to a hosepipe when I let the water flow into the garden. In one of the sump chambers, I add another pipe connected to the water outlet to return in the water and treat with Seachem prime.

    This was the easiest I could think off.
     
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    Thanks!

    Would be great :D
     
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    Looks loads better with the lighting! And the fish look awesome :thumbup:
     
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    Lol I just use a garden hose connected to my spare shower.. and let gravity do it for me effortlessly.. just gotta wait a bit
     
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    Very nice! I can potentially provide you with some synodontis lucipinnis, but I know nothing of shipping live fish. But I am sure you can source a nice group of them up there somehow. Also, have you considered adding some leptosoma?
     
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    Thanks :thumbup:

    Nice, it still works though :D

    Thanks! :thumbup:

    I would've loved to get hold of some synodontis lucipinnis, but they a bit pricey around here, same with the Leptosoma. That is the reason why I went for Some Brichardi's and Malawi's in the hope that they can get along. Currently, I have gotten Synodontis multipunctatus x3 for now {Lost 1 possibly 2 in a power outage. Only seeing mostly one up and about in the tanks and got 2 more this weekend.}. I would've loved to source in some fish and was hoping that Jack stone was still around and then I found out he no longer is. Difficult to source in fish that I wanted.

    I have been tempted on quite a few occasions not to get some Leleupi as well, but the balance of what I could get wasn't so easy. The few places I did visit would've cost me a kidney to get all that I wanted. I might look at getting some in the future and get a grow out tank so that I do some growing in a separate setup should I ever decide to add some Leptosoma, Funny enough I recall a person on this group lep2soma if I recall correctly that had a great setup as well.

    I do not know too much about shipping live fish as well, unfortunately. Will maybe look into it in the future. Slowly but surely I can see the Frontosa coloring up and look forward to seeing them grow. Now for once having a tank this size, I wish they also had the growth rate like Oscars, but then again it would've resulted in most of my other fish becoming chow early on.

    Currently just trying to keep an eye on all to ensure all are eating/getting some food. and doing 25% weekly water changes for now. Still playing around with flow in the tank as well as a lot of the rock have some dead spots behind them where food and other stuff are getting stuck in.
     

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