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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-03-2006, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Good Idea or Filtration Overkill?

I've been shopping for a bigger tank for awhile and finally found a great tank - it's 40"x20"x20" (66 gal?) and comes with a canister filter (proly craptastic but i'll keep it until i can afford to get a xp3). So I have a two-month old xp1 that I have going full-tilt on my 25 gallon (this tank i'll be getting rid of), so I'm thinking it would be nice if I could put it on my Eclipse 12 tank and just adjust the flow by at least half. The 12 gallon tank is planted of course and I think it would benefit from additional flow than the eclipse filter gives it, plus it will be GREAT that the filter assembly won't be blocking the light in the back. The CO2 loss will be diminished as well but I currently use 100% excel so it's not a big deal either way. Currently, the fish i have in there are 5 green amber tetras, 1 cory and a few cherry shrimp. I'd like to use this tank as a holding tank for juvie BN plecos and Apistos from my main tank. So what do you think? Can I get this to work? Or will my fish be blown around like dry leaves on a windy day?

Just to restate, the 12 gallon is ~ half the size of the tank the xp1 is currently hooked up to, and it's going at full speed on the bigger tank.
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It will be fine. I used to run an XP1 on a 12 gallon glass tank and I liked the flow. I ran the spraybar horizontally across the bottom of the tank with all of the holes facing upwards and there did not seem to be any dead spots. I ran it full tilt also so if you find it to be too much then turn the flow down a bit.
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full tilt?! Wow, then I guess I won't worry about it then. I'm really excited about the prospect of getting rid of the stoopit Eclipse filter - it's good for fish-only but not enough flow and blocks the light from my retrofit.
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Once a tank grows in well high flow is not as noticeable. If your tank is fresh right now then it may need to be turned down. Also realize that (I think so anyway) the XP1 is rated for flow when it is empty. Once you get the foam pads and some bio media in there it cuts it down quite a bit. YMMV
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