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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Is a canister filter too much?

I am setting up another tank I said I was going to wait but I could not. It's winter and we have very little snow so shrimp keep me busy when I can't snowboard.

So anyways it's a 10gal I am going to be using Akadama as my substrate. I am going to have moss and Dwarf sag, Penny wort, and other random plants but it's not a planted thank this is for the shrimp mainly.

So what kind of filter? I have a few laying around. I have a eheim 2215, in the garage with have a whisper HOB filter for a 20gal, a few power heads, and sponge filter. So what to do? Would the Eheim be over kill?

I could move the Eheim to my planted 20gal long. Then move the aqua clear 30 to the 10 gal? I just feel like a canister filter is over kill when you have fast growing plants and only shrimp. My tanks nitrates are so low they don't read on my test chart.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 01:58 PM
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Han uses canister filters on every tank, even like 5 gallons lol. It's your preference really. You can never have enough filtration ! Just tone down the flow so the shrimp don't have to swim in a whirlpool.

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yup! lol

anyways if the flow is to much you can always add a valve to reduce flow.

edit: just looked at the specs... say rated for 92gal it might be actually way to much lol.
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Definitely not too much, I have a sunsun 302(265gph) on my 20 long and the flow isn't strong enough to bother the shrimp ^^
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Eheim Pro 2 2026 monster filter on a 20H for my crystals. I do have to dial it down though or it would blow everybody everywhere. Its a powerful filter.

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Definitely not too much, I have a sunsun 302(265gph) on my 20 long and the flow isn't strong enough to bother the shrimp ^^
And how do you like the sunsun?
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ya so just get a valve to lower the flow if need be.
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use the sponge filter as a prefilter for the 2215
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I love my sunsun, filters great with a stainless steel prefilter on the intake, haven't had to clean that at all really since I got it on there, and ya, plenty of biomedia to know 100% there won't be any ammonia/nitrite spikes ever. But I also have 2 hob's and 2 dual sponge filters in there too..
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Yeah the 2215 might be a little too much for a 10gal, unless you can reduce the flow, or use an output pipe with a large opening to reduce the velocity of the water.

I have a 2213 on my 12" cube (7.5g). The water current is a bit too strong with using the eheim pipes, but I think a Do!Aqua poppy glass outflow (large mouth) should help reduce the speed/velocity of the water while still keeping the same turnover rate.

In the same spirit, I have a XP3 (350gph) on my 18" cube (25g). With the Do!Aqua 17mm outflow, it gives me a lot of surface movement and lots of good flow all over the tank, while still avoiding it from being a whirlpool LOL!

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Maybe consider a DIY undergravel filter pipe system - that should slow down the flow some.
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Thanks guy it's lots to think about. I am thinking seed the Eheim and put it on my planted 20gal long I can slow the flow down that should not be a problem. Then I will use the aquaclean 30 for the 10 gal.

Thanks what I am leaning towards. Just out of curiosity anyone using a sump on shrimp tanks?

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I have an eheim 2215 in a 17 gal, and even at 3/4 flow it's fine with the shrimp. Although I have a taller tank (18" high) so even with the higher current from the spray bar, it's only really affecting the top of the tank.
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I am running a sump on my 110 gallon cubie oebt tank atm does a great job.
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yup! lol

anyways if the flow is to much you can always add a valve to reduce flow.

edit: just looked at the specs... say rated for 92gal it might be actually way to much lol.
where do you put the valve? intake? output?
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