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post #1 of 10 Old 04-25-2009, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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I have a used 55 gallon tank. It came with a Secondnature whisper power filter # 5. Is this the proper filter for a fresh water tank of this size ? Any advice would be helpful.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-26-2009, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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no one had an answer to my question. I went to my LFS and bought a Penguin 350 for my 55 gallon tank. I hope this was a good choice. I have no fish in the tank and Im going to cycle the tank without fish. Any of your thoughts would be nice bad or good.


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post #3 of 10 Old 04-26-2009, 03:25 PM
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Good choice. I have a Penguin 350 on my 55 gallon along with a Whisper 60 and I like it very much.

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135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-26-2009, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Is the Whisper 60 needed or is it because of the type of fish you have in your tank ?
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-26-2009, 04:56 PM
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When I first set up the 55 gallon I used the Whisper 60 which came off my old 20 gallon tank to jump start the cycle on the 55. At the same time I added the Penguin 350. I just left the Whisper 60 on the 55. I like having extra filtration and having a filter on each end of the tank gives good water circulation.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-26-2009, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, Thank you for your quick reply. I am new at this but Im learning more and more each day.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-27-2009, 10:16 AM
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I am setting up a 55G soon with two Penguin 350's....I have a Penguin 200 on my 20L and I love it. Good choice. Have you thought about fish you might want to get?
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-27-2009, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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I like schooling fish. I want to set it up as a community tank. Im up for any and all suggestions.
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-30-2009, 12:34 PM
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Hi jerry, I'm just starting my first 55 gal too, I've had smaller tanks, and today I finally got the tank filled, and wow what a project!!!!!


I just realized that I replied to your other post. But you really cant ever have "too much" filtration.

I'm considering adding an airstone to my tank, but am not sure that its really needed....
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-30-2009, 12:56 PM
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On 55s it is recommended that you have two filters if you are putting them on the back of the tank. Not because you need the extra filtration, but because you will need the current to get to all parts of the tank. With just one filter, there will be little water movement on the other side of the tank since the filter shoots the water toward the front glass. I have found that if you don't mind the look, then putting the filter on the end so it flows lengthwise with the tank, you only need one if it is rated high enough.

My wife rolls her eyes when I talk about getting another tank
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