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Canadian Fish 09-20-2012 10:07 PM

Filtering a 220 Gallon Tank
I've been paying off a 125 gallon tank on layaway, and after asking around I decided on an Eheim 2217 Classic canister filter coupled with an Aquaclear 110 HOB filter.

Tomorrow my LFS is having a massive sale and I am hoping to get a 220 Gallon tank for less than I was going to pay for the 125 gallon.

Am I correct in assuming the eheim + the aquaclear will be inadequate for the 220? What about the eheim + 2 x aquaclear 110s?

These are the other options at my LFS:

Fluval FX5 Up to 400 Gallons, 924 GPH turnover
Rena Filstar XP4-XL Up to 265 Gallons, 450 GPH turnover
Cascade 1500 Up to 200 Gallons, 350 GPH turnover

These 3 are all canisters. The cascade is probably inadequate. The cascade and the rena and much cheaper than the fluval.

Does anyone have any experience with the fluval or rena filters?

Thanks. Going to be at the store when they open to try and get the 220 gallon tank.

Tazman 09-21-2012 08:46 AM

FX5 is perfect for that tank, you can DIY a spray bar for it.

Rena XP4, not powerful enough and has a fairly small media capacity compared to the FX5. Look on ebay for FX5's you can get them much cheaper than an LFS will sell them for. They are an awesome filter though, I have 2.

In terms of the others, I would add at least 2 or even 3 110's.

What fish are you planning on stocking, this may play a role in how much flow you will need for the tank? Have you also considered a wet/dry filter in a smaller tank? A wet/dry built correctly with the correct amount of bioballs or other media will give you an enormously effective filter, which if properly maintained is much more effective in the long run than a canister.

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