02-12-2014, 12:20 PM
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Cichlid Tank Filtration advice needed
I am planning to change my 55 g tank to a cichlid home. It was a freshwater community tank. i moved to a new apartment and thought this time I will go with cichlids. I am now little confused with filtration need. My understanding is that to keep a Mbuna group, it is always better to overstock, thus requiring to go with additional filtration. Right now I have a DIY trickle filter that uses a 425 GPH pump and a 300 GPH AquaClear power filter. I am doing an under gravel jet that uses a 225 GPH motor. I am thinking about converting the intake pipe of that motor to a sponge filter type too. Should I add a canister filter? I know there is nothing like "over filtration" but still am I thinking too much? I thought about building a DIY canister filter using two 4" pipe that can hold a total of 14 litres of filter media, with a 210 GPH motor. But the cost of building that goes over $100. I can get a canister filter under that price rage. Any thoughts?