When I started with aquariums, I read about investing in a good filter, which will reduce the risk of most of your water condition problems occuring, and I was the fisrt one to say that I would rather spend more on fish and decor before buying an expensive filter system. Well I was so wrong.
I have been running a 80 G mixed cichlid tank for a year now, which is quite maintenance intensive. Previously my main filter was a Cascade 1000 filter. Water conditions perfect, clarity was great. Or so I thought, until I added another Cascade1200 filter to my tank.
Currently I am running both Cascade 1000 and 1200 filters including powerheads to give that river flow impression.
Now I can tell you what perfect water clarity should look like. My water is crystal clear. It takes one hour after a water change to return back to a crystal clear state.
I cannot believe the difference an additional filter made to my tank. If I had known that the difference would be so great, I would have invested in additional filters long time ago.
I just had to share this with everyone who is scared of investing in a proper filter system.