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Filter options/ suggestions for 26 Gallon

36" x 10" x 17" Tall - 26 Gallon acrylic with a funky top. Low tech, lightly planted.


Planning on having ~12-16 schooling fish, Neon (of if I can find some Cardinal Tetras) cherry or amano shrimps, otocinclus, maybe a pair or German Blue Rams if I can find any, or just a pair or powder blue Gouramis. Maybe some guppies.

Plants, just Anubias nana, Java Ferns, crypts, s repens

Have a Penguin 200. I'm wanting to try out a canister filter for the first time. If my plans sound overstocked let me know. Considering a Fluval 306 if it is worth it. I'm willing to pay for a user friendly, well made, easy to service and maintenance filter design. I would really like to use these glass Lily Pipes too, I just don't know if they will fit.





Another plan is to start a 40g breeder, and sell this one. I would really like an open top tank.
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Fluvel canister filters are an amazing filter: I have a Fluvel 206 on my 30 gallon, a Fluvel G6 on my 60 gallon tank, and 2- FX6 on my 180 gallon.

They are durable, quiet, and easily customized with biological, chemical, and mechanical media.

With the 306 you will get over 10X turnover per hour, certainly a high turnover, but I have a 206 on my 30 gallon and it is more than sufficient. Either one will work on your tank.


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If the sale is/was still active, the Eheim Professional line is my vote. During the recent sale it was comparable in price to Fluval.


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Filtration can be simple and inexpensive. For a small tank, a dual sponge filter will do the job of filtering and mixing oxygen into the tank water. There are several brands online for about $10.00. They'll work just as well as anything else. The sponges are easy to clean and you never need to buy replacement media.

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Filtration can be simple and inexpensive. For a small tank, a dual sponge filter will do the job of filtering and mixing oxygen into the tank water. There are several brands online for about $10.00. They'll work just as well as anything else. The sponges are easy to clean and you never need to buy replacement media.

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Sponges? Like what pet shops use in goldfish feeder tanks? Never in my tank. They look awful.

Fluval 206 sounds like my best option.
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If you've got deep pockets, then absolutely. Spend the $120.00. I was thinking you were like me and on a tight budget. I went for the $10.00 filter. They'll do the same job. Sorry.

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Both are good but personally I would go with Eheim. Their current pro line now comes with back pipes (instead of green).(innovation, I know).

The glass lily pipes will most likely not fit the top of the tank, you might force them in but they will break, sooner than later.

As for sponge filters, they generate very little flow in big thanks, and how much filter volume/surface do you think you have there?

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