Habitat - Indoor :: 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:24 am   300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

We purchased a 300 gal rubbermaid stock tank and have a proposed filter system.
1000 gal Aqua Ultima II with a Pondmaster Hy-Drive 6000 .
1 1/2" plumbing from pump to filter and 7 l/ft of 2 " slotted drain pipe from http://www.conservationtechnology.com/
W/ gravel/ river stone over the slotted pipe.
Making water changes easier with backflushing and vacuuming weekly.
Our RES is about 8 " shell living in a 150 gal Rubbermaid stock tank.
Hoping to add one or two more turtles.
Basking , 100 watt solar glo, & zoo med ReptiSun UV
Please feel free to critique .
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:20 am   Re: 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

David , that match up could work together. Should handle the load of two adult turtles (females) with no problem. To me three adult turtles (females) would need the ultima 2000 model . The 1000 only has .75 cu ft media area compared to a 1.5 cu ft media of the 2000 model that would handle the messy / large bio load of three adult turtles much better.
Really more pump (6000) than the 1000 Ultima II needs. It only requires a 1000 gph flow rate at a 10' head. Also most sites say a max flow of 1200 gph for that 1000 filter !!! The 3200 pump would work well even the 2600 pump and still be oversized . Like me I always went over size but maybe not that big with the 6000 pump for the 1000 ultima filter. The 6000 pond master pump would be a much better match on the 2000 filter which has a max flow rate of 2200 gph. More media area cleaner water better water parameters . May want to check into pump size a little more for a better match up ? Also depend if you plan any waterfalls … down the road ? With messy turtles I always look for the most media area first to help with maintenance then would match a pump to that. With all your tanks you know already how we all just love doing maintenance.

I'm not a fan of solar glo but a big fan of Mega Ray's much longer useful life. Solar glo is good , just to me Mega Ray's have much better output. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=UV ... ORM=VRDGAR
Good planning ! Once done a few photo's would be great for the forum to see.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:29 pm   Re: 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

I would go with what litefoot recommends on the pond filter.Skip the Solar Glo/Reptisun and check the Mega Ray site/Facebook page for discount codes. Keep in mind that not all female RES get a long and males almost never mix well, so have a plan in case it doesn't work out.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:03 pm   Re: 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

Thank you for your input and advice, I have just order a 100 watt megaray,
" May want to check into pump size a little more for a better match up" This pump size has been recommended the backwash of the filter.
We will use a filter box over flow as a return and a bulkhead below the surface to bleed off more flow.
We all know how dirty RES are.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:25 pm   Re: 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank

Info I used came from the Aqua Store on that 1000 filter. There site recommends minimum and the maximum flow rate on a pump for filter to work efficiently.
http://www.aquauvstore.com/Ultima-II-10 ... p-103.html

Your call on using a pondmaster 6000 pump , thats a big pump , way over the maximum rate for that 1000 Ultima filter. Only reason I suggested use on the 2000 filter better and also 2000 better for three turtles with the larger media setup. Good luck.

A friend recommended that large of a pump for a 1000 Ultima filter for backwashing and or running the filter , I would like to get more info on there reason. Not really... Recommend using "documented research" on backwashing and pump sizing for Ultima filters.
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