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noiDEAL 12-20-2009 04:58 PM

gph for 80 gallon tank?
what size pump is best for 80 gallon tank? thought about 2x Emperor 400 Power Filter. would make 800 gph would be 10x cycle. but is there a 1 filter system?

rsheets 12-20-2009 05:30 PM

I think 4-5 tank volumes per hour is what is suggested. You could go with a sump and put whatever size pump in it you want, also, with a sump you can put your heaters in it so they don't take away from your aquarium, and nothing hanging on the back of your tank. Just an option I know about.

Angel079 12-20-2009 08:53 PM

4 times tank volume if you have no plants, if you have plants 3 times will be sufficient if you're super planted then you can do even less too.
But 10x is def too much IMO that's just gonna create way too much flow and that's very unnatural for most fish.

1077 12-21-2009 12:48 AM

In lightly or moderatelty stocked tank, One emperor 400 would be suitable if the emperor is your choice. If tank were to hold large fish such as cichlids,goldfish,plecos,etc . I would go with two of the emperor 400's.As mentioned,a large canister filter could work as well. For large fish mentioned, you want a filter that filters six to eight times the volume of water the tank holds each hour.
80 gal X6 = 480 GPH.

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