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bradleyheathhays 02-12-2013 09:55 PM

Need filter / heater advice for a proposed Cichlid tank
I'm trying to set up my first tank and I'm planning for it to be a 125 gal some kind of Cichlid tank, and I'm needing to outfit myself with everything I need to make the tank run. I've read advice that the equipment used should be based on what type of fish are being cared for, so knowing relatively nothing about what I'm jumping into, at this point I need to defer to you guys for some good equipment advice.

Right now I'm interested in purchasing both filter and heat equipment. I've researched that it's possible to get a unit that does both so I'll probably go this route as long as these units aren't priced too way out there. What I know so far is that I need to filter my water somewhere between 4 and 8 times an hour, and that I'll probably need the equivalent of 2 300 watt heaters to get everything up to the proper temp.

The tank will be on a stand with a false back so a system located under the tank with lines leading up would seem to work well. If it makes any difference in the advice I'll probably try to combine some plants in there sometime as well.

So, if you have any advice on specifically what brand / model / size of these units I should be looking to purchase I'm all ears. Thanks.

bradleyheathhays 02-13-2013 12:34 AM

Well, after looking over lot of product reviews it seems like the Eheim brand, at least over time, is the only one to buy. I didn't find a combined heater filter system made by these guys so I'll probably just go with 2 regular hanging heaters. The idea I heard expressed most often concerning the Eheim filter systems is that although they can be quite a bit more expensive they tend to hold up over time much better than the other highly rated canister filters. So I'm looking at getting 2 Eheim Pro 3E Model 2078 filters each doing 490 gph. Sound about right?

Actually so far I'd also consider the Fluval FX5.

Any alternative suggestions to these two?

AbbeysDad 02-13-2013 08:19 AM

For canister filters Eheim, Rena and Fluval are the top picks.
I dunno about a heater in the filter. I just don't like all my eggs in one basket. As a matter of fact, I have two submersible heaters in my 60g, each capable of sustaining the tank temperature by itself. This splits the load some and ensures that should one ever fail, the other is on-line and can handle it. Usually one or the other is dominant, however I have had occasions when the room temperature dropped and both kicked in to maintain tank temperature.
I'm using Aqueon heaters. I like them because rather than glass, they are plastic coated aluminum (nearly indestructible) and have the red light/green lite indicators so I can tell at a glance what they are doing.

From what I've seen of the Fluval FX5 demo's, it does look like a pretty awesome filter.

bradleyheathhays 02-19-2013 11:01 AM

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