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You didn't indicate if you intend to have live plants or not. In a planted tank, you want minimal water movement because too much will drive nutrients away from plant leaves and drive CO2 out of the water at the surface (if there is surface disturbance by the filter). You mentoned small community fish, which I take to mean tetras, barbs, danios etc. Most of these don't need strong currents, so another benefit of less water movement will be happier and therefore healthier fish.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]
Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Originally Posted by Byron View Post
So is it best to run 2 filters or just 1 with these kind of fish? Or running 2 on low?
with the stock you are going with, most of them will remain on the smaller side, except for the pleco....that guy will get huge. You will be ok with one of the bigger filters, either a marineland 350 or a emperor 400. But, then again, you can never have too much filtration. But you will be fine with just one bigger filter, no need for two with that kind of stock
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