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Old 01-12-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
 
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For a 75 Gallon Tank

Would you recommend a canister filter, and if so what kind/brand/model?

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Would you recommend a HOB filter, and if so what kind/brand/model?
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
 
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What do you plan on stocking the tank with? Will it be heavily planted?

Generally I like to mix filter types so a good HOB and a canister in combination would be good. If you're planning on planting the tank and using CO2, you might want to stick with just canister filters since you can place the outputs below the water surface, reducing the water movement on the surface which results in lost CO2.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:19 PM   #3
 
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This will prop surprise everybody now LOL but I'd suggest a canister and I'd buy Eheim.
If you shop around (special online offers from known Pet Chain Stores) you can find awesome deals on Eheims and they are good quality, last forever, almost maintenance free (I do mine 1x year), I pers don't like HOBs, not for their sounds, not for their limited factors to adjust the output in diff directions, not for the limited media I can add there and some HOBs def not for their low quality.

Its really a matter of pers pref if you ask me and how much maintenance you wanna put in it etc etc.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:12 PM   #4
 
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This is regarding the tank that I was asking for your guy's input on what to stock it with. It definitely will be planted, heavily...jungle like. Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:56 PM   #5
 
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A good Canister def when heavy planted so you can adjust & direct flow of the water properly and your plants will thrive better.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:19 PM   #6
 
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Eheim you say Angel? What model would you suggest as well please?
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:30 PM   #7
 
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As iamntbatman mentioned, the fish in the tank should determine the filter. Some need slight currents, others (what I call forest fish) do not. Plus the plants, secondary to the fish needs. As you subsequently mentioned heavily-planted, here's a link to my sticky on filtration in planted aquaria that may explain some aspects.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34858/

For the reasons mentioned therein, I would go with a canister on a 75g, as Angel suggests too. And I agree with her that Eheims have a proven track record in durability. Angel will comment on her models, I have the Professionel series from the early 1990's (still working without a hitch). I saw new models in the store last month, quite different. But one has to bear in mind that filtration in non-planted tanks is a different kettle of fish than in a well-planted tank. Some of the costly extras or filtering power are simply not needed.

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Old 01-13-2010, 06:45 PM   #8
 
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Eheim you say Angel? What model would you suggest as well please?
I'd prop go with something from the Professional 3 Series, Models like 2071 or 2073
What I like about that new series (and maybe Byron knows if the old once already had that too) you have a 'prefilter' tray with a sponge at the very top of the canister, allows you to open up the unit and just clean this prefilter without having to pull out all the media like the older Models of the 2213's.

But I'd really suggest SHOP AROUND; Like the Eheim I bought last year Nov was almost half the $ at the petsmart online vs in store and came with free shipping, that alone right there was a big safer.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #9
 
I just bought the Pro 3 series 2073 for my 75 tank, I've been a long time Eheim user though this model is new to me. But the only reason I bought it versus a cheaper Eheim model was I saved money on my tank and stand purchase, so I spent it on the canister filter.

The three biggies are Rena, Fluval and Eheim, I went with Eheim because I know they are "solid" filters, well built and most importantly quiet. I, like you I'm sure, will research your choice on the net. I did come across a number of comments on how loud some experienced their Rena - not loud, but louder than other canister filters.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:03 PM   #10
 
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Well, you guys have proven to be a reliable source for me more than once. I most likely will go with an Eheim...and Angel...nobody shops like I do. My friends get annoyed with how I shop. I don't pay full price for anything. ;)
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