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Question Need Advice! Please!!!

I have the Eheim 2180, and with no problems. I need to get a UV sterilizer. I have been eyeing the turbo twist. I have seen different numbers for the different watts, and need to know what size to get (18 or 36). I would like to put it in-line after the filter before the spray bar.

To complicate things, I have thought about adding another filter. I was looking at going to the FX5, which would mean I would need to add heaters, etc. Or being that I have a nice expensive Eheim already, should I just add another smaller canister if I want to increase flow. And if I did that, no need for other heaters, and can use the turbo twist that would fit the 2180 and no need to worry about upgrading that later too.

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How big is your tank?

I'd just add another smaller filter. Or if you get the FX5 and sell your 2180, I'd like dibs on it.
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Maybe an additional FX5 wouldn't hurt. A heavily planted 210g w/ fish is a lot to filter. I'll let the big-tank experts chime in though.
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I'm planning on running an fx5 on a 125. I know its "rated" for a 400 gallon tank and 900 gph but that is the manufacturer rating and pump alone with no head. With just the sponges the flow slow to the 600 gph range and this is acoording to the documentation found on the net and directions. With other items in-line, that flow will drop more.

Now with all that said, I don't know if it will or won't be enough for a planted 210 on its on. It could be but I would be skeptical. You likely will need more flow, but not filtration.

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Hmmmm...... So would adding the turbo twist to the 2180 and then just adding the FX5 do it??? I know I could get the larger turbo twist and add it to the FX5, but that even takes more $$$$. I would just get the UV sterilizer at first, and then save for the FX5.



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The flow rate of the fx5 would be more than the parasitic flow rating of the (36 watt) TurboTwist 12x, this is 290 gph. At that flow rate or less, the UV will kill all algae and parasites in the water. From 290 - 680, it will get some parasites and algae.

It doesn't seem like the fx5 would be much of an upgrade over your Eheim. So if I were you, I would not do the fx5.

Your 2180 may move too much water for the Turbo Twist 12x. It has a rated flow of 450gph.

You may want to consider a powerhead to run the Turbo Twist, hydro koralia's to move water to increase your circulation and another canister if you are having filtration issues.

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I was gonna suggest the same thing- save yourself a ton of $$ and just add a powerhead or two. Stick a sponge prefilter on them if you feel the need to up your biological/mechanical filtration.





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