05-12-2013, 02:16 AM
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I can't help but be curious...are you aware that Pleco will outgrow that tank? One day very soon you will have to relocate him to another tank. Do you have plans for that?
As to your question, keep in mind that what works well for one person's set up may not work so well for another. It's all variable. For me, I run 4 tanks right now.
My 150 gallon runs well on two Canisters. I have the Filistar XP3, and a Ehiem 2217 (pretty sure that's the model, it's a used thing off Craigslist). I find that both filters working together keep the my tank rather clean even back when my big monster fish called it home. RIght now I have 28 rainbowfish, two gourami, 18 assorted loaches, one peacock eel, 4 sae, and 4 black skirt tetra in that tank. I also have two large Amazon swords, a Marble Sword, Java Ferns, and Spiralis crypts calling home. Also some subwassertang and java moss and a few other plant species.
My 90 gallon is still dealing with a mini-cycle. However up until that point the Sponge Filter attached to a Power Head did a fine job of keeping things nice and tidy. I have the same set up in my 80 gallon. Both of these tanks have assorted plants doing well.
The 90 has 4 rope fish, and two senegalus bichirs. The 80 is currently home to an Ornate Bichir. It is her tank till I either A: Get her a wider tank, or B: Find her a new home if it comes to that.
Previously I ran both sponges on air machines and those did...okay.The thing is when you have planted tanks it's not all your filter doing the work. Your plants work too! All my tanks have plants and with the filters they keep things in check.
My 20 gallon currently has a small internal running. It holds a betta and is a sick tank. It's built to fit a cartridge of some sort. I threw that away and stuck a bit batting like material in it as the thing's only real purpose is surface agitation. I've always found small thanks with minimalist mechanical produce for some awesome quality water and super happy fish. That's if..you have a good balance of plants to share the load and to the real work.
The biggest thing for me is paying attention to the needs of the environment and the fish. Aquariums are closed systems. It is up to us to mimic the wild enough so that these systems are healthy. You could have the best single filter, or best duel but if you don't set things up properly and intelligently you won't have the healthy tank you want.
Last edited by Sanguinefox; 05-12-2013 at 02:28 AM..