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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Planning low tech 55 and it's time to decide on filters

Filters are big on my mind right now and I think that's what I'm buying for the 55 next. So here are my choices:

Either a Aquaclear 110 (500gph) or 70 (300gph). I lean toward the 110 because more is better and it follows double the gallons rule?

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Sunsun 303B (370gph 3 trays) or 304B.(525gph 4 trays), both with UV for emergencies.

If I get an Aquaclear I'm thinking ditch the charcoal unless I need it. Use the sponge that comes with it and 2 ceramic ring packets or Substrat Pro.

If I get the Sunsun, first tray will be 3 grades of sponge/mech filter, second will be maybe that floss stuff for fine filtering and the third filled with EHEIM Substrat Pro. If I get the one with the extra tray, I'll leave it empty and only use it if I need charcoal for some reason.

Would this work? Would the bigger filters be overkill? If I am not doing plants, I always double the recommended filter size. Not sure that's valid for planted tanks. Also, I have a Hydor Koralia Nano 425 for mixing it up also.

Anyways, looking forward to your input!

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I have two eheims - a 2217 and a 2215 on my 75 and I'm really happy with them - crazy quiet

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I currently have a ac 70 on my 55 and it seems to do a great job, the 110 I think you would need to set the flow as low as it goes or you would have some crazy turbulence coming off the front glass that is if it is a standard 55
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I currently have a ac 70 on my 55 and it seems to do a great job, the 110 I think you would need to set the flow as low as it goes or you would have some crazy turbulence coming off the front glass that is if it is a standard 55
Thanks, Owlshead19 and wpgfish. That's kind of what I was thinking. The largest I've had up to this point was a 30 and it wasn't planted. I've read some people have used the AC 110 and are happy with it. Maybe I'll go for the ones around 300 gph. I eventually want 2 filters on there, just for grins and fault tolerance. I'm just not sure how much different the filter requirements and gph rates are between regular and planted. Thanks again!

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honestly if you want 2 filters id go with 2 ac 50 and control your flow yourself, id fill one with just sponges and ceramic rings and the other with a sponge and filter floss or occasionally carbon
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honestly if you want 2 filters id go with 2 ac 50 and control your flow yourself, id fill one with just sponges and ceramic rings and the other with a sponge and filter floss or occasionally carbon
I originally was thinking of putting 2 AC 70's on there, but I wanted to try a canister because I've never had one. It is more for the experience. I have had AC filters before and love them, that's really the only reason I eventually want both. I suppose, if I got the smaller of each, the total would be plenty and satisfy my curiosity.

Yeah, I know I'm a strange one. Thanks! I think I know what I want to do now.

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