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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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For Example: If you have a filter that is rated for a 100 gallon tank and you have a 29 gallon tank, is there any detrimental effect?

The reason I ask is I plan to use 2 filters on my new 75g. Mostly because I already have one rated to 60 gallons, so I want to buy one rated for at least 75 gallons.

75g planted tank, with Eheim Pro II and ECCO 2235, 2 Hagen CO2 Natural Plant Systems. 210 watts light.
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I don't think so. The more water movement in a planted aquarium the better.

What type of filters are you planning on using on your 75G?

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I know that most will interpret Mikes answer correctly... but... for all those that have an XP3 on a 10 gal tank... yes you can overfilter, and especially create too much movement. Apart from the obvious, like rescaping your tank and collecting plants at the inlet strainer, it is also detrimental for some fish that come from standing waters, like anabantoids (Gouramies etc). Soooo... it all depends

For heavily planted tanks you often need more than the advertised filter power due to the plants restricting the flow. so your plan sounds like it is going to work out great.
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Nice save WP!

I did answer Saxman's question as it pertained to his situation.


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I plan on filtering my 75g with an Eheim ECCO 2233 rated up to 60g and Eheim ECCO 2235 rated up to 80g.

I already have had the 2233 for a few years and I am very happy with it. I feel that it is under powered for the new 75, so I ordered the 2235.

75g planted tank, with Eheim Pro II and ECCO 2235, 2 Hagen CO2 Natural Plant Systems. 210 watts light.
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