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numbskul 09-18-2008 08:37 PM

best filter to use
I just bought a 180 g tank and need a way to move and filter the water. i want to build one but don't know what type to use. its for fresh water

SKAustin 09-18-2008 10:16 PM

180 gallon, 6'x2'x2' Freshwater tank, I'd just grab yourself a pair of Rena XP3 canister filters and be done with it..

numbskul 09-19-2008 06:18 PM

so its not worth it to biuld my own will it cost more

okiemavis 09-22-2008 11:15 AM

Build your own? Like from scratch? The only time I really know of people doing that is if they have a sump filter. However, you'll still need to buy all sorts of pumps, etc. Generally, especially for a freshwater tank, a few canister filters will do you well and end up being easier and cheaper.

You'll need to buy a couple of filters, to get adequate filtration for a 180G. Rena, Ehiem, Marineland (Magnum) are all good brands. Look for the GPH (gallons per hour) rating. You'll want the total GPH rating of all your filters combined to be at least 800 GPH or so. Of course, this all depends on your stocking levels, but at the bare minimum your water should cycle through at least 4 times per hour.

The Fluval Fx5 would be adequate, but running just that would be risky, as you'd be in big trouble if something went wrong. Combining it with something like the Magnum 350 should leave you all set.

numbskul 09-22-2008 06:32 PM

that makes sense thanks for the info most helpful

iamntbatman 09-23-2008 01:39 PM

What sort of fish are you keeping in there? The four times per hour guideline would be fine with a more lightly stocked community tank, but if you're keeping cichlids or something more messy in there, you might want even more filtration. A couple of canisters as well as a few big HOB power filters (like Emperor 400's) would get the job done on a tank with a heavy bioload.

numbskul 09-23-2008 06:37 PM

mostly cichlids some tinfoil barbs catfish and clown loaches. i picked up two rena xp3 filters

iamntbatman 09-24-2008 10:54 AM

If the fish are still small, you should be fine with those canisters for a while. Once your fish get some size on them and really start putting out some waste, you might want to slap a couple of HOB power filters on there.

numbskul 09-24-2008 06:35 PM

thanks i will keep that in mind is there any thing else i should know cause this is my first big fish tank i have only had 30g and small tanks. like should i put a bubbler in the tank to put more air in the water

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