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best type of filter for 55 gallon tank
Old 01-11-2011, 07:42 PM   #11
 
I'd recommend a cascade canister. I'm running the 1000 on my 100 gallon and it's crystal clear. Check amazon.com. I got mine for $85 including shipping
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:12 AM   #12
 
I am a complete idiot. I can book learn with the best, but I can't "do" anything right the first time. I went with a Eheim 2215. Except for getting a mouthful of water on the siphon to prime the pump, the filter had been great. Even with instructions which I considered a littel bizarre, I got it together in moments and the filter has operated perfectly.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:22 PM   #13
 
I will look into those canisters. Cost isn't a huge issue as long as it works well. I'm just tired of the noise and constant battle with my tank. I have seen canisters that have a uv light on them. Is that a good thing? I know that uv light kills germs ad what not, just not sure of the impact on the tank
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:26 PM   #14
 
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If you ever want to use plants, then a canister is the way to go... They can be built if you're a Do-it-yourself-er....

You won't save much money, but it's kinda fun. :)

Eheim is the best from my limited knowledge- if price isn't a factor, I'd go with Eheim.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:35 PM   #15
 
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I will look into those canisters. Cost isn't a huge issue as long as it works well. I'm just tired of the noise and constant battle with my tank. I have seen canisters that have a uv light on them. Is that a good thing? I know that uv light kills germs ad what not, just not sure of the impact on the tank
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UV works best with a longer exposure time. i have a 530 gph canister with a built in UV. To be effective, the flow rate would need to be closer to 100 gph. IMO the UV built in to a canister is a waste.

I have had terrific success with neutralizing algae with UV. I've run UV on tanks for pathogen control and not noticed any difference as far as incidents of sickness or whatnot when compared to the tanks without UV. It's more anecdotal evidence than scientific, as there were LOTS of differences between tanks.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #16
 
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UV works best with a longer exposure time. i have a 530 gph canister with a built in UV. To be effective, the flow rate would need to be closer to 100 gph. IMO the UV built in to a canister is a waste.

I have had terrific success with neutralizing algae with UV. I've run UV on tanks for pathogen control and not noticed any difference as far as incidents of sickness or whatnot when compared to the tanks without UV. It's more anecdotal evidence than scientific, as there were LOTS of differences between tanks.
thanks again for all the info.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #17
 
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I'm using a Rena XP3 on my 75 gallon and LOVING it.

Good luck with whatever you decide. You'll love the canister btw.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #18
 
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I'm using a Rena XP3 on my 75 gallon and LOVING it.

Good luck with whatever you decide. You'll love the canister btw.
i wound up buying a fluval 305 from amazon. all the reviews i read said it was a good filter. Ill let you all know how i like it when i get it. Thanks again for all of your help.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #19
 
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I hope this is relevant to the thread. Im also trying to figure out filteration as well. I don't see as many trickle filters as canister filters, is one better than the other for larger tanks? Or is it just another way to "skin a cat"? Is one better than the other for planted tanks?
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #20
 
The filter is so quite. The air pump I have makes more noise then the filter. The only problem is that the water is a bit couldy and hasn't gotten any better. It's been running for about 5 days. It's a fluval 405. Any ideas why it's staying cloudy?
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