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Old 02-06-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Going to be picking up a new tank this weekend.

75g or 90g depends on what I can get better deal on. Guy I am buying from has one of each.

Either way I will need a new filter for it.

Required?
Easy to clean
Don't want to spend more on the filter than the tank/stand/canopy
Silent - since this will be in bedroom, need something that won't be loud.

Suggestions? I have always used sumps in the past, but don't want sump on this one, so I have no idea what to get.

Thanks
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #2
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I used to run Fluvals on a 75g. Normally I would run 2 304's to over filtrate but you said you didn't wanna spend a ton on filters so you could just get a 404 for about $120-130 new.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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Canister filters are generally pretty quiet. Eheim classic canisters are popular for good reason, with a reputation for being quiet and reliable. For your size tank I wouldn't go smaller than an Eheim 2217, depending on what type of fish you plan to keep, bigger is better. Good luck with the new tank!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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I have 4 canister filters (3 different brands) running in our kitchen/dining room area and I can't hear any of them.. canister filters in general are very quiet. What I hear constantly (and drives me batty) is the drinkwell fountain for the cat.. but there's no other convenient place to move it and be able to refill it, so I deal with it being annoying

You can also start your tank with one filter and add a second later on as your bio load increases.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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canister- eheims for sure if you want quiet.... classics or even 2 large eccos would be better... remember, generally go 2x gallons whatever a canister is rated for
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:47 PM   #6
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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What's your budget? I bought my FX5 off CL for $125, pretty damn quiet if you ask me.
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Rena Filstar XP 3. Quiet and more than enough space for all the media you would ever need to add to a 75 gallon.

$118 New on Amazon w/Free shipping.
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Rena Filstar XP 3, would that work for 90 as well?

Should I consider 2 filters?

How would I put my UV inline or would I need it own pump?
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Rena Filstar XP 3, would that work for 90 as well?

Should I consider 2 filters?

How would I put my UV inline or would I need it own pump?
The Rena (now API) is a fine filter. They also make the XP4 with another chamber for media. I have one, it is very quiet. So is my Cascade. Cutting in your UV sterilizer should be no more difficult than cutting your canister return line and plugging the UV in with a couple of barbed fittings. Or if you need a little more slack in the tubing buy a couple feet at the local hardware store. One nice thing about the API XP's is that they come with silicone tubing which doesn't seem to get stiff over time. I also like the flexibility of the outflow and return hardware they supply. I'm not real fond of the blue color of the siphon tubes, but that is really minor.
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Be aware that the newer API Filstar does not come with the old return system components (spray bar, flow valve, nozzle etc.). A simple U-tube return with a 2" nozzle is all that is included.

Great filter otherwise, good flow, and as mentioned plenty of media space/options. I would use an XP 4 on a 90 gallon without reservation.
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