Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Bethel Park, PA
Canister filtration for 75 gal: Please advise
I have decided to make the plunge into pressurised CO2 injection for my 75 gallon planted tank. While the CO2 system itself seems pretty straght forward concerning what equipment is needed, I find myself running in circles over filtration. My plan is to purchase and set up the new filtration and let it stabalize (and allow me to gather more $$) for a month or so before I purchase and set up the CO2 system.
After reading around the web about canister filters, I want to make sure what I purchase will do the job as far as having proper water flow and filtration capabilities.
I am trying to have as little equipment in the tank as possible, as this tank is in my living area, and I would prefer to just see the tank, not a ton of hardware.
I would like to get an inline CO2 reactor (most likely a PVC DIY build) and an inline heater (I believe the Hydor ETH 300w is the one I have read the most about). I have come to the conclusion that this would probably be best if I had 2 canisters, with one inline item on each canister output as opposed to having multiple inline items on one filter. Please correct me if this is wrong.
If I do go the 2 canister route, should they be set up in the same manner, or should one be geared more to bio and one toward mechanical?
As far as the filter choice, I was considering 2 Rena filstar XP2s, as I seem to have found more favorable opinions of these filters than unfavorable. Would this be adequate? Does someone out there have another recomendation?
While I know many folks have preferences for one brand over another, I would love to hear some final opinions of people before I make any purchases. I won't go so far as to say "price is no object" because it definately is, however I am willing to spend the money on quality equipment when it offeres concrete advantages to do so.
Please speak up to either tell me I have made a grand choice, or if I have grossly mislead myself here.
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