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Old 03-25-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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I keep going back and forth on what canister filtration I want to put on my upcoming 125 gallon low tech project. This will be the first time I've tried to manage plants in one of my aquariums. I want to make sure I make the right choices on the filters.

I really want to use two Hydor inline heaters on the tank, I was thinking two 300 watts on two Rena XP3's. I was a little disappointed to find out the XP3's no longer have a spray bar.

My other thought was two Eheim 2217's. The outflow tubing would not support the Hydor 300 watts without an adaptor although the 200 watts 1/2 inch would fit. I guess I feel more comfortable not using an adapter. Would two 200 watt heaters be enough?

The tank will be about 60% planted, and it may house some Dscus down the road so maintaining a consistent 84 degree temp would be important, that's why I'm concerned about the heating. One thing for sure, I definitely want the inline heating, I'm totally sold on getting the equipment out of the tank.

What would you do?
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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Why not a sealed sump?
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:06 AM   #3
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Why not a sealed sump?
which is essentially a canister filter.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:15 AM   #4
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why not just get a spray bar (or make one easly) for the renas and go that way? they are great filters
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:21 PM   #5
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Yep, I keep going back to the Rena's. I'm probably going that route.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:00 AM   #6
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I guess in the end I really wanted to see what all the fuss is about on Eheim, so I changed my mind one last time, ordered 2 2217's, 2 Hydor 200 watts.
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I guess in the end I really wanted to see what all the fuss is about on Eheim, so I changed my mind one last time, ordered 2 2217's, 2 Hydor 200 watts.
So what is your opinion of the Eheim?
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:19 AM   #8
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The Rena XP3 comes with a spraybar.....just bought 2 for my 125.
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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http://www.jehmco.com/html/heaters.html#Heater%20Module

they carry in-line heater's
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:38 PM   #10
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I like the Eheims, very quiet. When first installed the flow, even with the spraybars, were nearly laying the plants down. I drilled the holes a bit bigger, flow was still a bit on the strong side but I was counting on it to slow up a bit once it ran for a while and it did. Spray bars aren't very long, they sit more towards the middle with the intakes at the corners. While the immediate flow out of the filters seem fine, I really wasn't getting good circulation throughout the tank. I added two 425 Koralia Nano pumps, added them to the upper corners and circulation improved.

Something tells me I could use a little more filtration although I may be jumping the gun on this so I'm going to be patient and wait a little longer. My 75 gallon is well established with a Marineland C360 and an Emperor 400 and my water is always crystal clear along with the use of Purigen. I'm not getting quite the clarity in the 125 but like I said, it's still early. The 125 will eventually house some Discus so I'm trying to keep that in mind as I monitor this tank as it matures, meaning, wondering if a Fluval FX5(6) and one 2217 would have been a good choice. We'll see.

This is a picture of the tank right after set up. It has gone through some minor changes, plants have grown in fairly well, just getting over a battle with GSA, now dealing with fuzz algae on the plants. Haven't yet taken the newer pictures off the camera. Contemplating putting pool filter sand across the whole tank, removing the Eco Complete sections, and keeping some hardy low maintenance plants so I can focus on the Discus, maybe 30 - 40% planted. Then, turn the 75 into a high tech tank...... it never ends.

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Old 06-25-2013, 02:29 AM   #11
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Very nice set-up, Joey - looking real good.
Perfect for a nice group of discus ! I think it will look dramatic with some discus beauties.
Wish you the best of luck.

Call on me anytime if you'd like a second opinion on discus, or if you feel I could help you decide on anything discus/wise, e.g. sourcing.

Here's a couple of my low-tech planted discus tank set ups for you to have a look at:

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...3RedSnakeSkins
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:17 AM   #12
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I love my fluval fx5's and fx6's.. I have two of each on four aquariums... Spray bars are easy to make
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