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150 gal set up questions
so...this is the largest tank i have ever had and on all my other tanks i just use HOB filters....are hob filters going to be sufficiant on a tank this big??
if you use a few or more with high gph flow you should be ok. I use 4, 60 gallon hobs on my 180 and a uderground filter system.
Is this going to be a planted tank? What do you plan on stocking it with? Even if it's not planted, canister filters are nice on big tanks like this because it allows you to position your inputs and outputs in order to get even flow throughout the tank, something that's virtually impossible with just HOB filters.
I'd pers hook up a canister rather then 3-4 HOBs to that size...
I've been told that an aquaclear110 is like a hob and canister filter combined. They cycle 500 gph. They cost around $85 but you can ususally find them on sale at various online stores (like Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products ) They use different media like canisters do.
Hook up a couple Emperor 400's by Marineland one on each end of even large tank,and then sprinkle some fish food under the surface of the water and one can see for themselves. The Emperor series also allows water to be filtered from upper,middle,and lower regions of the tank with use of extensions for uptakes that come with the filter.
I used three of the emperor 400's on a 125 gal tank for a time ,and water movement was substantial throughout the tank.
Would agree that one large canister filter would be less clutter on the tank for you can place them out of sight but I would want one rated for twice the volume of water the tank holds.
I will confess that I am partial to the Emperor series filters and have eight presently in operation on six tanks. When I am finally able to get the 200 gal I am saving for (trying to) I will however for aesthetic reasons ,prolly go with a couple canister filters.
this tank will be housing osars so the mroe filtration the better...i have an emperor on my mnuba 55 and love it!! im not familiar with canister filters and usually tend toward what i am more familiar with.....we still need to reseal the tank and make sure after the seal job that it holds water....so i have sometime for research on filters but i think i may go with a couple/few of the marineland HOB filter
Two Emperor 400's and two Magnum 350 Pro canisters would turn the tank over ten times per hour, give you lots of filter media options, and would give you six biowheels worth of biological filtration. It would cost you about the same as a single Fluval FX5 and just a little more than a single Eheim Pro II 2028.
I think you could go either way! If you have the budget and want a canister then go for it. I have a eheim wet/dry, that is pricey to get, however I haven't had to do much maintenance to it. HOB filter work fine as well. I work in a pet shop and we have 8 125g's with 2 HOB filters each and they stay clear and fish stay healthy. As far as which is better, I say both are! It depends on how you maintain them.
Once again I have seen both situations work well.
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