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What type of filtration should I go with?
Old 02-24-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
 
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What type of filtration should I go with?

Hello it has been awhile since I have last posted. I have been thinking about taking my 72 gallon bowfront tank and converting it over to a planted freshwater. Unfortunately change of jobs with a decrease in pay and hours along with plans to be going back to school this fall has made it where I will be unable to carry out the plans that I had for the tank as a saltwater. Right now I am in the planning and research process of this tank and trying to decide what type of equipment that I will be needing to get. One of the things that I am trying to decide on is filtration. As said I will be doing a planted tank, what I am trying to decide is should I go with a canister filter, or to use an Aquaclear. For stocking the tentative plans right now are leaning towards a South American community. I am thinking about some type of dwarf Cichlid, the Cockatoo Chichlid has really caught my eye. The other fish that I am thinking about are some nice size groups of tetras and maybe rasbora. It will depend on what I can find at some of the semi-local fish stores.

So back to the filters based on what I am thinking what would be the best route to go, what type of advantages other than being able to be placed under the stand and out of sight would the canister filter provide which I would not get with the aquaclear? Also which brands of canister filters would be good ones to consider? Thanks, and more questions will surely come as things progress.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:30 AM   #2
 
Based on personal knowledge/experience. This is my opinion I would go with a canister filter. I have used aqua clear HOB filters before and they can de down right annoying. What I mean is loud, and you have to clean the filters almost 5 times a week. I personally run a Fluval 406 canister filter on my 75 gallon planted community aquarium and I love it. It's out of sight, very quite and I only clean the media inside about once a month. Again this is only my opinion. I used to run a Fluval 404 filter that lasted for years.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
 
I'm setting up my first real planted tank right now (I've had some plants here and there in tanks but this is my first fully planted). I've got a 90 gallon that's been set up for almost a month now and I'm starting to slowly add my plants.

I know my opinion probably won't be as helpful as someone with more experience, I've only been working with aquariums for about a little over a year. Personally I don't like the HOB filters, I agree with the previous post that they can be annoying, loud, and need too much maintenance.

The canister filter I just got is an Aquatop CF400 UV. It's been running on my tank for a few weeks now and seems to works fantastically. This is my first experience with this company, so I can't vouch for long term. It's easy to set up and get running and easy to figure out. It has a built in UV sterilizer that you can switch on and off at the top of the filter. I shortened the intake tube by not using the extenders and intake guard. The shortened intake tube is resting on clear plastic tubing on a sponge filter. This way my filter can't suck anything up I don't want it to, like small plants or fish that may be near the intake.
The UV kills algae spores and bacteria, not parasites. But it's definitely still a good added bonus for the price.
This filter does 75-125 gallons. I got mine at petmountain.com for $100, they sell for the same price on amazon with free shipping. I get my sponge filters at kensfish.com cheap, and they come with the plastic tubing attached to the top.

My boyfriend has a Marineland 220 canister filter on his 55 gallon. The Aquatop is a bigger filter, but seems to be pretty similar to this in having most of the same features. The Aquatop is easier to use and easier to take apart, plus it has the added UV sterilizer and doesn't leak like the Marineland sometimes does. After setting up my filter and seeing how it works he's actually getting an Aquatop to replace his Marineland.

Here's a link to petmountain with more information about the filter if you're interested in reading about it:
Aquatop UV Canister Filter CF Series Aquarium Canister Filters

I hope this or someone else is able to help you find something you like, good luck!
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:08 AM   #4
 
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Thanks for the replies, I am thinking about leaning towards a canister filter just narrowing down which one.

I know opinions will vary on this but what brand would people recommend. I am looking for something that would be durable, is not going to break down in a year or two and will need to be replaced. Also ease of use and maintenance. Thanks again
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
 
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Thanks for the replies, I am thinking about leaning towards a canister filter just narrowing down which one.

I know opinions will vary on this but what brand would people recommend. I am looking for something that would be durable, is not going to break down in a year or two and will need to be replaced. Also ease of use and maintenance. Thanks again
My first choice would be Eheim.
Second choice ,Rena.(extremely easy maint).
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #6
 
My first choice would be Fluval and second choice would be Fluval. Yeah I like it that much, lol
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:49 AM   #7
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Definitely go with a canister. I bought a marineland C220 (you would need larger, maybe just the C360) and it works well, is easy to maintain and runs very quiet. I had one leak that was due to the tubing warming up and I just needed to tighten the fitting a bit more (by hand, no wrenching needed)

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #8
 
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I posted here yesterday, but for some reason it didn't save...oh, well.

If it is durability you want, then 1077 is right on the mark. No one beats Eheim. My two Pro II canisters, one with the heating element, have been running continuously since 1996 now with not one issue.

Three years ago I decided (for reasons I won't go into, but money was one of them) to get a Rena XP3 Filstar. I have no problems with this filter. Of course, it does not have the track record of Eheim as Rena hasn't been on the market that long, and every review I've read point this out, rating Rena second to Eheim.

You can't go wrong with either. If maybe having to repair/replace the Rena in say 10 or so years is something you don't want, go with Eheim. There is a significant cost difference.

But, there is one issue with Rena, and that is the hose length. They come only in 5-foot sections. This is not a problem if you can put the canister under the tank (or behind it) right in the middle. But if you need to have it at either end, you will not have sufficient hose length to reach the far end on a 4-foot or longer tank. Rena do not sell longer hoses; with Eheim you can cut to what you want. I haven't looked into buying PVC somewhere that may be the right diameter.

For the hard media, I use Fluval ceramic disks and BioMax because it is much less expensive than that made by Eheim or Rena, and it is basically the same thing. Save money where it won't compromise quality.

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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
 
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Byron - For media, is this the same as the Fluval Biomax? It looks similar to me. Biological Filter Media for Aquariums: Imagine Bio Modules Filter Insert for AquaClear Power Filters

I've been looking around price matching and this seems to be the cheapest.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
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But, there is one issue with Rena, and that is the hose length. They come only in 5-foot sections. This is not a problem if you can put the canister under the tank (or behind it) right in the middle. But if you need to have it at either end, you will not have sufficient hose length to reach the far end on a 4-foot or longer tank. Rena do not sell longer hoses; with Eheim you can cut to what you want. I haven't looked into buying PVC somewhere that may be the right diameter.
I just bought a hose length at the local Home Hardware, they sell it off a reel. 5/8" ID and 7/8" OD that is about the same as the hoses supplied with filters. They sell a 1/2", 3/4" and 1" ID hoses as well. Canadian Tire have some too I think.

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