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post #1 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Whats a good Canisterfilter for 75 gallon?

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I have a 75 gallon tank and I am going to put African Cichlid in it, so my question is what is a good canister filter? I am looking at a Filstar xP3 Canister filter. I heard good things about it and it will do 175 gallon tank. So what do yall think? What filter is a good choose?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 05:25 PM
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Do you wanna go planted with that tank or not? If not then it'll do (another member here recently bought a Rena and swears by it, pers I have a Eheim lol) if you wanna go planted I'd get the xp2 so you don't have the hardcore flow with the plants.

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I kinda want to do a planted tank, because i have a smaller one that is planted and i really like it. But i have been told that the African Cichlid will destroy the plants. I mean i was thinking on getting the Lake Malwi African Cichlid. I hear they are peaceful to one another but havent heard anything about them personally towards plants. If you could help me that would be great!
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 07:44 PM
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I just put a canister on my 55G planted tank I love. Lots of different members have their personal choice for filters.....Angel likes her Eheim.....Mean Harri has a Filstar XP3....Kymmie has HOB Marineland Magnum.....Byron also runs an XP 3 and BAtman runs a Marineland Magnum 350...as do I

I love my Marineland, but like Angel said, it's all personal preference...

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post #5 of 11 Old 03-10-2010, 08:19 PM
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African Cichlids don't necessarily destroy its all how you built it My Yellow Lab's fall under Africans too and look at their sand tank here http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=1405 there's plenty ways to do that if that's what you wanna do.

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post #6 of 11 Old 03-11-2010, 04:06 AM
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Africans are hard on plants. For one, the more herbivorous ones (i.e. mbuna) will eat them. Many will uproot them. You'll also be keeping them in hard, alkaline water which is rough on many plants. Some have had success with vals and things like java fern/java moss. Personally, I like the more spartan look for mbuna tanks. Open fields of sand and big heaps of rock with high color temperature lights (like 50/50 lights). The lighting itself doesn't actually matter if you don't have plants but that 50/50 light really brings out the color of the fish.

Something like this: http://www.thehouseofdew.com/fish/tanks/75tank.JPG

Just my two cents. Anyway, if you don't plant the tank, you also have the option of running HOB filters. A decent sized canister plus a big HOB (or even just two HOB's) could get the job done. As for brands, I really dig Marineland but Aquaclear makes some nice HOB's and I also have a Fluval 204 canister that's been good to me. Eheim HOB's are decent too but can be hard to find (I managed to snag one cheap from Petsmart that had them on clearance pricing a year or so ago).

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post #7 of 11 Old 03-11-2010, 05:48 AM
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I've got an Eheim 2215 on my 75 gallon, seems to do well...I'm quite satisfied especially since I received it essentially free, in very used condition.

8) 30 gallon w/ Diamond Tetras and White Clouds, EcoComplete w/ Anubias and Cabomba, Eheim 2213 and 18 watts of lighting.

8) 55 gallon w/ Senegal Bichir and large Pleco, EcoComplete w/ Anubias, Eheim 2213, and 30 watts of lighting.

8) 75 gallon w/ Cardinal, Serpae and Black Skirt tetras, cories, danios, Pearl gouramis and yoyo loaches, EcoComplete heavily planted with Anubias, Eheim 2215, and 30 watts of lighting.
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post #8 of 11 Old 03-21-2010, 06:06 AM
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I read somewhere that mbuna dont like the taste of java ferns and i think anubias, you could always just attempt to keep a plant and if it lives then great and if they eat it then youre out a couple bucks and they got a snack or if they uproot it then they just got a couple seconds of fun.
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-02-2010, 08:35 AM
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Mbuna with plants is usually a bad idea. Depending on how you root the plants they will or wont up-root them.
Its basically luck i think when it comes to plants with mbuna, but you may have them in there a few months and wake up one morning with them all over the tank. I think rocks is enough for mbuna and give the tank that look your looking for.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-02-2010, 08:37 AM
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African Cichlids don't necessarily destroy its all how you built it My Yellow Lab's fall under Africans too and look at their sand tank here http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=1405 there's plenty ways to do that if that's what you wanna do.

Can i ask where you got the sand form for that tank? Which type of sand is it? Is it white?
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