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I have an Emperor 280 (280 gph) and a Rena XP3 (175 gph) running on a 45 gallon tank. I will be honest I did wonder if it was overkill on the filtration, now I am wondering if it is enough? The inhabitants are 18 medium to large Angels (soon to be reduced to 12), and six starlight Pleco's.

I am currently adding API CO2 booster, (which I mistakenly thought was liquid C02) API Leaf Zone and Flourish Excel.

As of this evening I will be adding API root tabs of which there are two packs of ten, all the API stuff I received through the mail as one of those "you have won blah blah blah" as a consequence it very nearly went in the trash before it was even opened.

Everything seems to be flourishing quite nicely. I dose the three liquids once a day so it is not going to be that long before I need to either (a) buy more of the same. (b) go with the EI by Tom Barr (c) take the plunge and buy a reg for the CO2 cylinder. Or maybe even a combination?

Lighting is 2 x 36" Coralife T5's and a 48" T5 from Home Depot (I think).

Any and all comments and/or suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.

Thanks in advance

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You do realize right, that that's a lot of fish for a 45 gal !!! 2 Angels are ok for a 45, they do GROW !!

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rule of thumb is 10x tank size for GPH. so for you you should be sooting for 450GPH. but you can always add a power head instead of another filter.

p.s. holy crap that is a lot of fish/inch for a 45 gal tank!

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I have 7 angles in my 125g and would only go up another 2 or so. 18 in a 45 is a problem waiting to happen.

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rule of thumb is 10x tank size for GPH. so for you you should be sooting for 450GPH. but you can always add a power head instead of another filter.

p.s. holy crap that is a lot of fish/inch for a 45 gal tank!

watch you ammonia levels!
Really 10x? Generally, I've read 2-4x at normal stocking levels.

For adult angels, ~10-15gal/fish is around the correct level. I have 5 in my 55gal and they seem to be fitting and growing nicely. Eventually I'll be cutting back to either 4 or 2.
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I have 7x on mine.

Running Cascade 1000 (2) @ 265gph on a 75gal. Its mildly stocked

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I'm running a 1200gph overflow with a 1350gph return pump on my 125g

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Thanks for the advice folks I do intend moving most of the angels over the weekend.

A power head or another HOB will be added as well.

Thanks again.

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