Establishing New Tank 110g - Need Recommendations on Setup

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Hello,

Need some advice with setting up a new 110g acrylic uniaquarium tank (overflow built into the back of the tank). I have a 55g that I have been running on a cannister filter for years and just acquired this locally.

Would love to get advice and recommendations on the following:
  • Quietest (reasonably priced) air pump? Recommend size?
  • Quietest (reasonably priced) water pump? Recommended flow?
  • Filtration setup? There are about 6 chambers. The first for overflow from the tank, second (maybe for another sponge?), third (maybe carbon?), fourth (a long one for what I believe to be for bio balls or bio media), and fifth (possibly another sponge). The last chamber for the water pump. Thoughts on an ideal setup?

Thanks!
 

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Post some pics on the sump and the tank. What you plan on stocking it with?
 

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Thats one of those all in one things...right?
Sounds like the correct set up to me. As for air pumps all make some noise im using 2 I got from a local hydroponics store, fairly quiet 2 outlets, uses 15w. I'll get a name and post it. As for your return pump id contact the manufacturer or Google it you could easily have some unforseen issue with that setup with to much flow.
 
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Ender720

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twentyleagues twentyleagues Yes, all in one in the back of the tank. Appreciate your help, did you get a chance to look up the name?

Tobiassorensen Tobiassorensen This will be a freshwater setup that will be stocked with cichlids, roseline sharks, and plecos (L14, L24, L95, L160). Plecos are my primary focus.

Example pics (from PetSmart). Mine is similar but with a black background.

I plan on using a wave pump on top of the return pump. MFK, any recommendations on the return pump for optimal flow?
 

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I would go wit sponge and floss in first. Next id put heater. Then bioballs or ceramic biomedia. Looks like an wet/dry configurement. The last the returnpump. Id go with an jebao dcs2000 or 3000 depending on what the overflow can handle. As for an streamer i would go with fluval sea series or jebaos wavemakers.
 
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E Ender720 . This is the air pump I am referring to. I dont have the box anymore but here's the website.
Mine
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When I ran a sump on my last setup, I had the drain going into some filter floss sheet type stuff, with the bio media under that. That way you have a wet/dry setup with a lot of oxygen exchange. Six chambers seems weird. Mine only had three. The first for mechanical/bio, the second was a narrow chamber with a sponge where the water flowed up and over into the final chamber, which contained the heaters and pumps.

I'd also recommend two pumps and two returns. I used Aqueon pumps. They were quiet. Two AQ1700 or 2300 should be fine. I used dual 2300 on a 125 with a 45 gallon sump. You don't need or want massive flow pressure if you have a sump with a large media volume. Canisters are a different animal.
 
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