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iceprizm 01-10-2010 12:49 PM

filtration for 180g planted
I am looking for filtration suggestions for a 180G planted tank I am planning. Inhabitants will mostly be rainbows, tetras, cories. Ph is 7.2-7.4, KH 5, GH 11.

MoneyMitch 01-10-2010 12:51 PM

if its going to be very dense planted then just get good flow which can be achived with a few powerheads the plants will filkter for you. if you want more info on how this works pm me and ill elaborate on it,

iceprizm 01-10-2010 12:56 PM

i wouldnt trust the plants to handle the bio-load. i would sleep better if i had some biological and mechanical filtration going on.

MoneyMitch 01-10-2010 01:01 PM

well if you dont want to belive the scientific data that plants are excellent at filtering your tank then i would get a ehim can those are the best out there and are highly reliable.

iceprizm 01-10-2010 01:07 PM

its not that i dont believe. i dont know if i would have enough plants to handle the load.

MoneyMitch 01-10-2010 01:14 PM

ah ok then yes get a nice high gph can filter i still stand by ehim as IMHO they are the best out there.

iceprizm 01-10-2010 01:18 PM

what kinda GPH am i looking for?

Mikaila31 01-11-2010 11:37 AM

I would do a stump...... or two large canisters with 300+ GPH. I like to stock heavily though..... with a heavily planted tank you could get away with just the one canister and use some power heads for additional water movement.

El Natural is a neat and soild method, some of us though can't stock light enough for that to work;-)

Angel079 01-11-2010 01:23 PM

Pers I'd get a Eheim canister on to this tank, being a 180g tank I'd either get the Professional 3 series, Model 2075 or from the Professional 2 series the 2028 or 2128- Pending availability locally and price.
Eheim won't fail you at this size tank, they're good quality and quiet filtration and if need be after several years of wear&tear you can still get their replacement parts easy.

iceprizm 01-11-2010 06:27 PM

ok what type of media would i be looking to use. i would think biological and mechanical. (ceramic rings and sponge)? would a polisher be helpful in a planted tank?

Eheim stuff is kinda pricey. what mfg would be next down on the list?

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