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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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After reading this forum, most of the people recomend XP2 over XP1 for any tank sizes.

I've got a 20 gal tank and I have decision to make, XP1 or XP2.

My concern is that XP2 will create too much current in the tank, won't it?
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Yes, it will in the beginning...but once the bacteria settle it will slow down...you may want to use the floss media to slow down the flow a bit.
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Both filters would create a lot of flow for a 20 gal tank. There are a few ways how to reduce the current created by the outlet. Most effective is using a coarse sponge over the outlet. Doesn't look that great though. Another way would be to extend the spraybar with another pvc pipe with holes through the entire tank, to distribute the flow evenly. It comes down to the fish that you want to keep. If they like flow (ex minnows, otos, etc) it will work great, if not (ex labyrinth fish) they will suffer.
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I've got 4 black neon tetras, 3 neon tetras, 2 panda corys, 2 ottos and 1 panaque maccus (clown pleco).

In addition to that the tank is heavily planted and I do have CO2 injection.

So both of these filters are overkill?
Should I look at Fluval 104 or Eheim ecco 2231?
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If you do put the xp2 on the tank I would recommend facing the spraybar towrds the back glass, as this will give you good water movement without blowing everyone and everything around. I did this with my Eheim 2026 that is on my 29 gallon tank.
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I am steering more and more towards XP1. Still doing the research.
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id get a xp2, i have a 20 gal and i put an eheim 2026 on it, and turned down the flow rate. I figure if i get a lager tank later i wont have to buy new equiptment. Also more media the better unless you like cleaning the filter alot.
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id get a xp2, i have a 20 gal and i put an eheim 2026 on it, and turned down the flow rate. I figure if i get a lager tank later i wont have to buy new equiptment. Also more media the better unless you like cleaning the filter alot.
But the output flow from the filter will create a huge current, won't it?
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Well yes, but it will be hitting the glass as soon as it comes out and it will get spread out. Trust me, you won't have to worry about it.
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you're all forgettting, the Xp2 (I dunno about the XP1) comes with a flow control valve that youy can put on to reduce the flow into the tank.

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I recommend the XP1. I don't really see a point to paying more for a larger filter that you will need to turn down to practically sub-XP1 levels anyway. Even the XP1 is overkill, but it's a bit more manageable.
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hmm ...
many people, many opinions.
Now I AM confused.
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Keep in mind also that the xp1 only has one media basket whereas the xp2 has 2 allowing you more flexibility with the medias you choose. I still say get the xp2 and just mount the spraybar on the back pane of glass with the outlets facing the back pane of glass.
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In a 20G tank you don't need all that many media options, particularly for a planted tank (mechanical is all you need). I'm using an XP1 alone to filter a 40G tank, though I do split the compartment into mechanical and biological media.
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My plan is to have a prefilter, and fill all of the compartments with the ceramic rings.

One of the guys on another forum suggested that, and he claims that you won't need to open filter for years and years, except cleaning the prefilter.
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