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eheim 2028 filt vs. Fluval FX5

I have a Eheim 2028 on my 110 gallon planted tank and I find that it is not doing the best job on its own. I wanted to add a secondary eheim 2217 to the filtration on the tank, but a friend suggested I just get the Fluval FX5. It is suppose to be stronger then the Eheim 2028. Any suggestions or comment on this??

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If you didn't already have the 2028, then the FX5 would be a decent filter to have. However, since you already have a really nice filter, I would just supplement it with the 2217, or a Rena XP3.

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If you didn't already have the 2028, then the FX5 would be a decent filter to have. However, since you already have a really nice filter, I would just supplement it with the 2217, or a Rena XP3.
Would the FX5 do the job of the other two filters?

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I am running an FX5 on my 125 as the only filter and it is plenty.

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Would the FX5 do the job of the other two filters?
Since the FX5 is rated for huge aquariums, I would imagine so. However, I've always been a fan of having two canisters, for piece of mind in case one fails, and to stagger the monthly cleanings.

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An FX5 or a 2028 would be fine. I would probably just use two filters in order to create flow on opposite sides of the aquarium. For that, I would think a pair of 2215's would be perfect. If it's a classic 110 extra high i.e. it's 48 inches long, one filter would be more than adequate.

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Since the FX5 is rated for huge aquariums, I would imagine so. However, I've always been a fan of having two canisters, for piece of mind in case one fails, and to stagger the monthly cleanings.
With the size of this canister, trust me, you wont be touching it for a couple months. You can also back flush it to remove the large debris without even moving it.

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An FX5 or a 2028 would be fine. I would probably just use two filters in order to create flow on opposite sides of the aquarium. For that, I would think a pair of 2215's would be perfect. If it's a classic 110 extra high i.e. it's 48 inches long, one filter would be more than adequate.
Do you really think a 2028 would provide enough for a 110? I have a 2026 Pro II on a 46 and I am not so sure it could handle much more and the 2028 isnt that much larger.

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IMHO I would go with 2 filters for the following reasons (as DL said):
I like redundancy, if 1 filter breaks, there's another doing some work.
You can stagger the cleaning of the 2 filters, and never have to worry about decimating your biofilter.

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Gives you more options for setting your water circulation.

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those fx5 sure do push some water. i think it might be alittle bit overkill for a 110. its gonna turn over the tank over 8 times an hour. thats pretty good flow right there..

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My FX5 gives my 125 a nice sway to the plants.

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The 2028 is rated up to 158 gallon aquariums.

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I understand that. My 2026 is rated to 96 gallons. However, I dont really buy that.

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It's my understanding that Eheim's ratings refer to the biological filtration support of tanks. I would agree that there is no way a 2028 alone will keep a 158 gallon aquarium sparkling clean. You would need some kind of mechanical filter to provide the additional filtration necessary for such a big tank.

Of course, it's also dependent on the type of fish you keep. If you have a planted tank with only tetras, then a 2028 might just be able to handle that 158 gallon tank.

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those fx5 sure do push some water. i think it might be alittle bit overkill for a 110. its gonna turn over the tank over 8 times an hour. thats pretty good flow right there..
In reality it would be more like 6 times purhaps less depending on what you load it with. In my 125 my plants have a nice gental sway with the FX5.

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yeah true. i just took a rought number for it. they are 925 gph..but yeah..6 is still plenty

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