04-08-2007, 06:32 PM
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Upgrading to Canister filtration, can anyone help me?
I'm new to posting, but a longtime lurker; I have a 80 gallon tank on under-gravel filtration, and I've come to the point where I feel I need to upgrade, and get rid of this muck-ridden mess. I've had this tank for a long time now, and the only inhabitant of it is a fairly old (over 12 years) Raphael Catfish. I plan to make this tank into an African Cichlid community.
I decided canister filtration appears to the best step in this upgrade. I want to go with an Eheim Classic 2215. I also am thinking about the addition of an Emperor BIO-Wheel 400 for the added biological benefits (I heard this is a good addition for deep water tanks like mine is). Or am I going overboard with the addition of a bio-wheel??
My major problem is, I have no idea exactly how a canister filteration system is setup. I don't want to buy the canister filter from Foster&Smith and end up needing additional items. What additional things do I need for such a system besides just the canister filter out of the box? Looking on the web, there's so much information it's overwhelming. I just need to know what I need for a canister filter system. I also want to know if there's any additional steps in the process of transforming the under-gravel setup into canister other than just removing the UG system and the installation of the canister filter system. I'm aware canisters involve mixtures of various efhisubstrats, ect.--Is there any particular formula of substrates that are good?
I also wanted to add a powerhead or two, bubble wand and a new water heater. Any suggestions? I am looking at an Aquaball Powerhead 1212 for the powerhead option.
- Charger 1969