Heating the big boys and setting up dual canisters

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Fo the 185 I finally got leveled I will be hooking up the 2 fx6s this week end. I have two lingering questions.

Heaters for a tank this size ( in a basement) it's normally between 65 and 72 down there and I want to run the tank around 80 for Africans

Any advice one heater and controller ?

The fx 6s how would you guys install I have two holes on each rear corner of the tank and well as two holes drilled for the heaters.

Should I build spray bars or am I over complicating this.?
 
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It's drilled up top. Not on the bottom prolly should have mentioned that sry (acrylic)
Still need to finish topping it off and do a little cleaning of the water. So I have time :)

I had a fluval e300 in a 55 down there and it struggled to keep a solid 80 by its self ( once I added a little 100w aquarion pro it's been stable, you sure two 300s would be solid enough should one fail ?

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Fo the 185 I finally got leveled I will be hooking up the 2 fx6s this week end. I have two lingering questions.

Heaters for a tank this size ( in a basement) it's normally between 65 and 72 down there and I want to run the tank around 80 for Africans

Any advice one heater and controller ?

The fx 6s how would you guys install I have two holes on each rear corner of the tank and well as two holes drilled for the heaters.

Should I build spray bars or am I over complicating this.?
If i was using canisters i would set them up like you're suggesting, through drains and returns on the back panel of the tank. Near the top of course. A lot of people use customized spraybars with cans i say make it how you want it.

Youre using inline heaters then? Im not sure how to best utilize those or where to drill. Never set one up.
 

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No inlines to much splitting and plumbing for me to be comfy with. The inlines I want to say are 3/4 and the fx6 uses 1in hose
 

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It's drilled up top. Not on the bottom prolly should have mentioned that sry (acrylic)
Still need to finish topping it off and do a little cleaning of the water. So I have time :)

I had a fluval e300 in a 55 down there and it struggled to keep a solid 80 by its self ( once I added a little 100w aquarion pro it's been stable, you sure two 300s would be solid enough should one fail ?

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I ran that same setup on my 220. You’ll be good on heat. I had my fx6s setup with the intakes in the corners and returns in the middle. Are you planning on hard plumbing your canisters?
 

Goonie

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Not likely as the cichlids grow, and I get more comfortable with sumps I will likely transition to a sump and start a new 150 for fronts and move one of the fxs over there
 

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I have been running two fluval E300s on my 150 and so far so good. Maintaining a steady 82 degrees in my basement.
 

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Hmm maybe I just had a bad one, I have a couple more may as well toss them in and see what happens through the cycle maybe add a 3rd for piece of mind
 
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