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post #1 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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More filtration for my 125gal

I currently have a 125 gal running with a Marineland C-530. My tank is done cycling, and I am beginning to add the SA Cichlids that I want, slowly but surely. Some of these cichlids get fairly large, so I want to get some extra filtration for the tank, but I also dont want to break my wallet. I just want to add something to help filter, what do you all suggest?

Ps. Not looking to add another canister
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post #2 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 12:17 AM
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It depends on whether the fish will be ok with the flow.

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Not sure just yet, but I do know that most of the larger cichlids do prefer slower moving currents. I also have a circulation fan, but it looks like I will be getting rid of that now. Truly didnt realize how much flow came from the Marineland C-530. So rena Xp4? Appreciate it Taz, any other suggestions anyone?
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I would research the types of fish you are adding and see what sort of flow they prefer before adding anything.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Already have, most prefer slow moving currents/flow.
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post #6 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 12:46 AM
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In which case I would not add anything else then as most of the filters for that size tank will be high flow.
Perhaps maybe the XP4 as it comes with a spraybar which you can use for surface agitation.

Eheim 2217 is another possibility.

Have you considered a wet/dry sump filter?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Havent considered it. I received the Marineland canister very very very cheap, so I dont see myself parting ways. I'm also not looking to buy another canister, too much money at the moment. Just something to help the canister with the bio load. Not looking for a substitute for cleaning/water changes, thats inevitable.

Also, I only have petsmarts and petco near me, if that helps with any of the suggestions.
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How bout this, this might help me out. Since I have a 125 gal, how many gph should cycle. For instance, 5x, 6x 7x...the total gallons of my 125gal.
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I currently have a 125 gal running with a Marineland C-530. My tank is done cycling, and I am beginning to add the SA Cichlids that I want, slowly but surely. Some of these cichlids get fairly large, so I want to get some extra filtration for the tank, but I also dont want to break my wallet. I just want to add something to help filter, what do you all suggest?

Ps. Not looking to add another canister
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Do add fish slowly,, This according to your post's is very new tank and adding fishes too many at once can result in ammonia/nitrites becoming temporarily high and it don't take much to have negative effect on fish.
These fish are prolly small fish right now? so the canister you have will be fine for a few month's.=(save some money up).
Then were it me,, i would purchase second filter such as Eheim 2217 and just fill it with biological media and maybe one Coarse pad that comes with the filter.
Between these two filter's ,you would have plenty of mechanical/biological filtration and could rotate cleaning them every other week.
With fish you are considering,, I would not let the filter's go more than two week's between cleaning, especially once the fish grow beyond the five,six inch mark, which could be in three or four months depending on size purchased.
Sure some folks go month's between cleaning of canister's, but large cichlids ,or groups of cichlid's,,create three times as much waste or more, than your average community aquarium.
Hope some of this helps.

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post #10 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 07:33 AM
Wait. Why are you unhappy with your Marineland c-530 canister. It seems to be rated for up to 150g. There is a prevalent myth that we need 4x to 10x the tank size in filter gph flow. I DISAGREE. Good filtration is not about how fast water rushes through a filter, but how fine (well) the water is filtered. My modified Aquaclear 70 filter on my 60g tank is moving about 75gph and the water is crystal clear. Sometimes it's more about the media than the flow. So how is your's setup with media? Are you using polyester filter fiber in the last stage to polish the water?

Anyway, for what it's worth, if I was you, I wouldn't add another (or replace the c-530) filter unless down the road there's a real good reason.
Just my $.02

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