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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Filtration o.k. for a 150?

Hi all!
I want to quickly thank all of you for helping me save alot of money by spending it more wisely form the beginning. I started up a 55 successfully following the low tech "rules" from members like Mark (bastalker) and have growing plants and no algae. I'm now in the midst of converting my 150 (same footprint as a 125 but taller) to a similar low tech set up. There are many questions but we will start with one now. The present set up has 2 aquaclear 110's with central american cichlids. Can I keep these for the low tech planted set up? The lighting will be two 4' HOt5 strips at 108 wats each (there will slight overlap in the middle) so definately a low tech set up. I keep the water level high to avoid splashing. Should I be worried about outgassing in such a set up. No co2 will be added in the beginning.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 08:40 PM
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No way that is going to bee enough. You need at least 1500 gph and 2 1100s are not going to give that
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick response neilfishguy. I'm new to plants but maybe I've got this wrong. I was under the impression that I needn't follow the 10x turnover rate we use in saltwater or messy cichlid tanks. I thought the plants didn't like the over the top turbulance and also acted as natural filters themselves. I failed to mention the CA cichlids are already are out except for my 4" oscar that will get a 55 to himself after all is said and done. Are all of you overfiltering at 10x the tank volume per hour? Final stocking on the 150 will be 30 cardinals, 6 cories, 1 BN, 6-10 otos, and Angel fish pair and a dozen or so rainbow fish.

Thanks again!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-25-2008, 12:28 AM
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I would venture to guess that neilfishguy is over shooting abit here. As much as I am a huge fan of way over filtering a tank you can get by with that fish load and the filters you have.

Look at my sig, my 180 is perfect and I am nowhere near 1500 gph. Same with my 125.

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