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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on adding a filter

I have a 65g medium plant load, heavy fish load. Fish are Amazonian----angels, tetras, cories, otos and plecos. Plants are swords, cabomba and vals in fluorite. I use Seachem Excel for carbon, and Seachem ferts.

I want to add a little bit more water movement and some extra filtration. Currently running a Fluval 405, with a very small powerhead to add a bit more.

I'm planning on picking up an aquaclear, thinking of the one rated for 30g.

Should I go one higher? I'm concerned about having too much movement if I do.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 01:35 AM
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Maybe another small powerhead with a sponge pre-filter? As far as I know, they're cheaper to run. Reusable media tends to save you a buck or two every now and then as well.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 07:51 PM
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go with another canister..... going with an aquaclear is a step backward, plus, the most important aspect to filtration is bio-filtration. With another canister, your tank with be able to handle that heavy fish load with longer time between water changes, while adding more flow as you want.

I have a 50 with an eheim g3 and an ecco on it and love both of them

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