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New used project
Just collected a used Fluval Vicenza 260 bow front tank and base, my new project  Big Grin 
Complete set up, just missing the Fluval filter, got a nearly new APS 1000EF instead, and a huge amount of accessories. I'm staggered at the amount of stuff I've got! The seller just said 'extras' and added a couple of pictures (eBay listing that was a few miles from me), I've got loads of resin decorations like a submarine, archway, bamboo look house, and more smaller bits, anemonies, and a 60cm tall tree/rock thing with artificial flowers on it, not my thing at all.
Then there's loads of food, medicines, air pumps, LED lamps, heaters, hoses, magnetic glass cleaners, and 3 water testing kits, one brand new £40 kit and a full 1.9l bottom of Stress Zyme worth £33
I've added up the total cost of the accessories when new: Over £500 worth of stuff! The tank and base with original filter would have cost about £770  Cry 
Cost to me for the lot?   
£55   Big Grin
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I thought I did well on the bargains. You’ve done brilliantly there!!
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
200L The Barbarium….Tiger barbs and a very grumpy BN plec
200L Marine Reef.....stocking in progress!
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I'm delighted! When I got to the sellers, there were bags and bags of stuff, couldn't believe what I've got once I checked it all.
I've got a Fluval 160 set up and will be swapping over the plants whilst the new tank cycles, already got 50 ltr of 'old' water, just not sure just how I'm going to physically swap the tanks and bases...
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Why not just take the media from the old filter and put in the new one? No need to cycle then. Will be just like a big water change for the fish.
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
200L The Barbarium….Tiger barbs and a very grumpy BN plec
200L Marine Reef.....stocking in progress!
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Yup, CG's right, just move the media, it'll support the current bioload.
Just keep your eye on the readings for a couple of weeks. Smile
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!

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That’s a fantastic bargain , well done, when you get chance and you’ve set things up, post a picture Wink
Bikini Bottom - 168l
Bronze, Peppered  & Albino Cory, Black Widows, Cherry Barbs, Green Tiger Barb (rescues), Amanos.
The Kremlin - 58l 
Bronze Corys.
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I'll post lots of pics!
I realise I won't have to do a full cycle, what I am concerned about is actually swapping the tanks. I think I'll have to move all the furniture to one end of the room: its not a huge space, then get the new tank and base next to mine. I could really do with a small hospital tank anyway, so I'll get one, and put the fish in this one. I've got a brand new APS internal filter in the deal (£19 alone), and 3 heaters, so can set up the tank and use it for a few days minimum.
I'm going to start with plant soil, followed by new and filtered Limpopo sand from my 160 tank, then swap the plants over, drain the 160, drag it out of its space and put the 260 back in. Then its just a matter of transferring the rest of the water and adding tap water and some Stress Zyme (got in the deal!), running it for a few days with my original filter swapped over, will be cycled and cleared in a few days...hopefully!   Big Grin
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That's a great buy Mike.
I would however upgrade the filter to something better like the Fluval 406/7 or use external two filters.

All the best
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Yes, the APS is a base model, 1000 LH quoted, they cost £45 new.
I've got the APS 1400l, which cost £85, in my 160 set up. Maybe I can use both? Ideally I'd like the original Fluval 406 as the 260 has the sump pipes installed, they just hang under the tank with only the in/out connector block stopping the entire tank from emptying!
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I'm looking at a 406 now on ebay, the seller also has an Ehiem Pro 4 without any filter materials or hoses, which is the better filter please anyone?
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Eheim hands down
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Well, I won the Fluval 406 for £50, but missed the Eheim, which sold for £40, but it needed water pipes and all the filtration from inside.
I rigged up the 406 in my bath (its a disabled access, walk in, so its small and deep!) got it bled after a lot of struggling, but its drawing air in. The 2 O rings on the aquastop valve are perished, the seller did say the filter is virtually new and was kept as a backup for the Ehiem so I've ordered 2. Fluval don't seem to list them, so I just searched for them online, they are 25mm ID, 30mm ED and 2.5mm wide.
I also ordered a new main seal, eBay revealed a seller offering upgraded aftermarket ones with 10 year warranty for about £5 with P&P, half Fluval price. Hopefully these will cure the air intake!
I've removed my book case and am now working out if I can keep both tanks! They would have to be next to each other, in the room corner, at right angles to each other, would look pretty good, they are matching Fluval Vicenza 160 and 260's, …..keep watching folks!
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Update! Replaced the filter O rings and the main rubber seal, bought pattern parts off ebay, half the genuine price and from a seal specialist with 10 year warranty, pump is now airtight,
Now got the tank out of the minibus and ready to start cleaning up  Big Grin 
I've got all the correct Fluval pipework so I'm plumbing the 406 into the sump holes as it should be, the O rings on the in/outlet tubes look fine but I'll add plenty of sanitary silicone as its out of sight under the base. 
The original light tubes don't work, so I'm looking at converting the original centre lid section to LEDs, I'm just need some help sourcing parts, if anyone has done a similar exercise?
I'm looking at under gravel heating, as I'm going for live plants again, the JBL B20 Protemp looks good, I'm using Tetra Complete Substrate to start with, which will be perfect for the cable...but is it really worth the £55 for the heater kit?
So here we go! Comments and advice much welcomed as usual, can't wait to get started  Woo

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Exciting ! One big thing I would have done differently is leave more space behind the tank, just for wiggle room and access when cleaning pipes or god forbid a leak.
Bikini Bottom - 168l
Bronze, Peppered  & Albino Cory, Black Widows, Cherry Barbs, Green Tiger Barb (rescues), Amanos.
The Kremlin - 58l 
Bronze Corys.
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Can’t wait to see it all set up!
Fluval 240L with 306. Water 1.68 dGh. 

19 Harlequin Rasbora, 15 Rummynose Tetra, 9 Panda Corydoras, 2 Bolivian Rams and 2 Amano shrimp.
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