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Multiple tank filter question
Anyone ever set up multiple tanks with one filter? If so, what filter did you use with how many tanks? How did it work?
Large sump + bio balls or a trickle filter is actually a fairly common setup, if that's what you mean. It's what most fish stores use. Some of us here who have multiple tanks in one room use this setup. If you're doing something like this, it's generally a custom job'
Right on, got one going here, heres a link to the build thread http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...p-build-72052/
i know ppl do this, and i am sure they work well for those ppl.. but i would be in fear the whole time,, what i mean is, any problems you may run into, will not be in a isolated tank, but would be in all the tanks. i dont want one tank to have issues such as ich.. but can you imagine ALL tanks.. scarry..
Admittedly I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about this...
It would seem to me that unless there was a dozen or more rack mounted tanks, it wouldn't be worth the cost and the complexity of the plumbing to balance flow and get it all working properly. And there is some risk of cross contamination.
I wonder if a breeder setup might be better with fewer, larger tanks with separations, each with self contained (canister) filtration?
I have several tanks now with individual filters and individual heaters. But I've seen the pet stores with numerous tanks and they've told me they have only one filtration system. I was thinking it would be a great idea to run only one filter/heater for several tanks, but then when you have a problem in one tank you have it in all the tanks. You would also be limited (I would think) to one group of fish that like the same water conditions. I was just wondering if anyone did this at home and how they dealt with these issues.
It also depends on how many many tanks you want to run, a lot of people that have fish rooms run them with sponge filters. I have a set up in my office where I run 2-5 tanks off one air pump but you can also get into in line pumps where you can room an entire room of tanks. If you go with sponge filters then you don't have he disease risk.
But a sponge filter can't compare to a sump or canister filter or even a hob.
Flow is not as a big of a deal as most people will try and say with filtration, its all about the largest amount of surface area for beneficial bacteria to live it, sump and canister win because they allow for alot of material to be used, but a HOB and sponge will work about the same, only time you really want the extra flow is when you over stock your tank or have fish that need the water flow. I run sponges on all my independent tanks (36 gallons and less) and they work fine and are actually great when you plant the tank up as most plants will not like a strong flow.
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