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Old 05-12-2013, 04:48 AM   #1
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My 75 gallon return to the hobby!


Bought a new 75 gallon tank as a means to get back into the hobby. Was originally going for a large cichlid tank, but wanted a bit of a challenge. So went planted community with some dwarf cichlids. Set up mid April.

LIght is from a Current Satellite Freshwater plus led strip, plus ambient sunlight at times. Filtered by an emporer 400 with floss and peat in the filter's extra baskets. Substrate is a base of Flourite covered in gravel. Mostly lower light plants, with some swords and a nice water lily.

I am blogging this tank at stanjam.tumblr.com
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Is a single emperor 400 enough to filter an entire 75? that's my only thought of concern.

That and idk much about your light and how well it will or will not be.
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Is a single emperor 400 enough to filter an entire 75? that's my only thought of concern.

That and idk much about your light and how well it will or will not be.
I would imagine that it should be enough, turning the water over 5 times in an hour. I also have a magnum 250 for water polishing, but the two create way too mu h current. Right now one side has a decent current, while the other side is a bit mellower. The biowheels on the 400 should provide more than enough filtration. My last 400 kept a 16 inch pink tilapia healthy for 16 years lol.

What would you have suggested for filtration? My background is mostly cichlids.
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On my 75, I just use 2 Eheim 2217's, and a Korelia pump to add more flow. Tbh, I don't know much about the emperor 400 which is why I asked if it would be enough, as generally I don't see too many people running HOB's on bigger tanks.

Then again, I'm also the guy that would run a canister on a 10 gallon if I could, so there is always that to consider lol
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On my 75, I just use 2 Eheim 2217's, and a Korelia pump to add more flow. Tbh, I don't know much about the emperor 400 which is why I asked if it would be enough, as generally I don't see too many people running HOB's on bigger tanks.

Then again, I'm also the guy that would run a canister on a 10 gallon if I could, so there is always that to consider lol
Yep. I see the advantages to going canister. This filter flows at about 380gph. Thought of using one of the newer marineland canisters, after I learn more I may switch, as they have the flow rate I want, and the tank will have less equipment hanging on it.
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