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post #1 of 12 Old 02-04-2009, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Placement of the Filter.

I am going to be equipping my 55g with an Emperor 400, Should I place this off to one side or centrally?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-04-2009, 10:33 AM
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Most of the canopys that fit the top of the tank only have a place that is easily notched out on one side or the other. depending on what type of canopy you have you may be able to make the emperor fit in the middle which in my view, would give better circulation throughout the tank.

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On my 55g, I have 2 canopies, so depending on the placement of them, I can get the filter positioned closer to the middle, rather than off to one side.

I was thinking that the closer to center I could get it, the better it would work.

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-04-2009, 10:53 AM
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DOH! of course you have two canopys,glass right? I would place it towards the middle.

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DOH! of course you have two canopys,glass right? I would place it towards the middle.
I wish they were glass, for now I am going to have to stick with the stock plastic ones.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-05-2009, 07:23 AM
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Do you have a picture of your tank? My 55 gallon had a center brace that made me put my Penguin 300 (roughly the same size as your Emperor) off to one side. The circulation was always a problem. Central is better.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-05-2009, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, this tank does have a plastic brace in the exact middle, but I can pretty much butt the filter up to that brace.
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-05-2009, 12:40 PM
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Take it from me then, get yourself something to move the water in the other half of the aquarium. Your intake tube will be far to one side of the aquarium and the water on the other side will not have great flow. I had a 55, I put my filter on the right hand side, looking from the front. The right side stayed clean, not much detritus. The left side was pretty bad. There was little to no flow and lots of detritus settled out there. I'd highly recommend something to get the water moving in that side of the tank. Maybe a small power head or HoB filter.

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post #9 of 12 Old 02-05-2009, 12:47 PM
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I have 2 HOBs on my 55, one on each side. You may want to consider getting another filter for the other side, especially if you're going to stock the tank with cichlids.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-05-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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I do have an extra filter that came with the tank (I think its a Tetra). I just don't want to replace the cartridges on this as well as the emperor, cost wise... Maybe I can get some cartridges and rig them to use just filter floss or something like that... Ideas?
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