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February 28, 2011
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can anybody recommend a filter for my new tank

the tank is 72" x 18" x 24" its about 500 litres or 112 gallons (UK)

tank will be a community tank with dwarf varieties

i have no preferance to manufacturer but greatly appreciate input

cheers

martin

February 28, 2011
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Plaamoo
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Nice tank Martin! I'm envious. I'm partial to Eheim classic cannisters & aquaclear HOB filters myself. I also like to have at least 2 filers per tank, especially that big. The type of fish you're going to keep & stocking density will be factors. Not sure what you have available over here so let your fellow countrymen chime in. Have fun setting it up.

March 1, 2011
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i have 2 fluval 303s at the moment the flow rate on them is 130 gallons per hour so i suppose i could use these
i was going to buy a new single unit but if its ok to use the 2 of these i will or would one be enough
i would also like to know what media to put in them as i dont think what i have in mine are the correct types

March 1, 2011
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QUOTE (JazzBora150 @ Mar 1 2011, 12:59 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i have 2 fluval 303s at the moment the flow rate on them is 130 gallons per hour so i suppose i could use these
i was going to buy a new single unit but if its ok to use the 2 of these i will or would one be enough
i would also like to know what media to put in them as i dont think what i have in mine are the correct types


Sounds like a wonderful tank. Should you decide to go for one of the square type Ehiem filters, then do read my warning here: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/f.....topic=3019 As long as you are aware of this, the square filters are fine. Mine does fine, but as it is for a 600 litre tank, it's not going to have problems with my 250 litre tank. Three large compartments for different types of media and a pad too.

March 1, 2011
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2 x Eheim Classic 2217 would be a great combination of good filtration and reasonable value for money. I love the Eheim classics because they are SO simple (I have three of them at the moment). And it's the ONLY filter I know of that is guaranteed to not "bypass" the filter media, as the water comes in at the bottom of the filter, and goes out the top.

Just make sure, if you are buying online, that you get the "plus" pack, which comes complete with sponges and a set of quick-connectors so you can disconnect the filter for cleaning.

(On a 500 liter tank, you probably don't want a single filter - but if you must go with one filter only, the Fluval FX5 are supposedly very good).

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March 1, 2011
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I had a big Eheim on my 500 litre, worked a treat!

The fluval's are fine as a range. I aim for 4-6 times an hour changeover so if your tank is 112 gallons i'd put a couple of filters capable of moving 2 hundred gallons an hour each. Cheaper alternative is one filter that does the lot on it's own. You'd probably be alright with the 2 filters you have but not quite enough turnover for my liking.

For filter media I always use the sintered glass "noodles" - sera or eheim but they are all much of a muchness with a layer of white filter wool which gets a wash every couple of weeks.

March 1, 2011
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Two Eheim Classic 2217 filters with sponge media costs less than a Eheim 2080 without filter meda. The FX5 online prices range from £160-240, which is a bit less to a bit more than the Eheim - and comes with media.

I use one 2217 on a 270 liter tank, and a ProII 2028 on my other 270 liter tank.

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March 2, 2011
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The largest tank I have is 75gal. I have 1 Eheim 2217, 1 Aquaclear 110, and a maxijet 600 powerhead moving the bottom water. If i had it to do again I'd go with 2-2217s.

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