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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of adding a second filter. . .

I am thinking of adding a second filter to my 90 gallon. I haven't had any issues (yet) with water quality, but I suppose I am a bit paranoid. I currently have a marineland Emperor 400 on my tank, and was considering adding in a second, or possibly another powerfilter if anyone has any recommendations. The tank is planted with Contortion Vals, and Wisteria currently (I'll be adding in some java fern when I get more shade built up, and likely some Dwarf Baby's Tears) and currently stocked with 15 various cories, 6 clown loaches, one zombie pleco (BRAINS!), 6 praecox rainbows, 4 boesmani rainbows, and 5 aussie rainbows.

I'm thinking about more filtration because I WANT to add 4 GBRs, and 10-20 more rainbowfish. Any thoughts?
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IMO. As long as the plants are not being blown over or up rooted and the fish not stressed from too much flow, you can never have too much filtration.
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If you want an HOB, I sugest an aquaclear 110.

I'm running 2 in my 55gal tank, crystal clear water, just rinse the sponge once a month and you are good to go, the sponges usually last few years 2~3 before they need to be replaced and they are very cheap ~6$ each, on top of that you can also add (in a mesh bag) any other type of media of your like (purigen, carbon, bio balls, ceramic rings, peat, etc).
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I had an eheim 2028 in my 72 gal and all seemed fine and dandy. I added a 2026 for handling a CO2 reactor on the outflow and within a day my tank was so crystal clear I could not believe my eyes. Go for it.

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cheap easy and great. I use either an air driven sponge filter or a power head driven one. all my tanks are crystal clear. I simply attach a pond pre-filter to the intake of the power head. Works great!!
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I have a second [internal] filter in every one of my old fish tanks. When I am setting up a new tank which happens fairly frequently this is the dirty bad boy that gets my new tank started for me.
Cycling a new tank with a new filter takes an age. Squeeze out all that dirty, filthy muck from the sponge of your old filter into the sparkling clean water of your new tank, then start the old filter again and you have cut months off your start-up time..!
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