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Old 06-02-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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proper filtration

I have a 125g heavily planted tank. I have 24 different fish the biggest being 7 discus. I do have 1 Cory cat 2 pleco 5 mystery snails. Cycled and had the tank up for over 6 months. I have 2 emperor 400 hob and two small whisper filters
I know I need more filtration to handle the huge bioload I have. Problem is I can't drill I. The the top of the stand. The tank is between a wall and brick. Behind is is wood paneling. The stand is barely half an inch from the wall and I have about 7 inches between the wall and the back of the tank. I need something that is goin to fit and handle all of my bioload. Id love suggestions
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Your easiest option to up biological filtration capacity is to add a large air driven sponge filter or two. It's really cheap to add and you do not need space between the tank and the wall to do so. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing option, but it will work great.
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Wat about all my plants though. I inject co2 wouldn't that counter it
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Probably. I didn't know you had CO2 injected. You could look into a canister filter if it is in the budget.
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It deff would but I have absolutely no where to runs lines. Unless there is a filter out there that is 7" wide and can sit level with the tank
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I really think the Fluval FX5 is going to be your best bet. If you look on Fleabay they can be bought new for $225 shipped.
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I have been looking at canisters just have to see my options. I was also suggested a few sponge filters to go along with my hobs
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It deff would but I have absolutely no where to runs lines. Unless there is a filter out there that is 7" wide and can sit level with the tank
I'm sorry, I am not understanding everything here. Do you not have any room under your stand for a canister? All of ours are in the stands, and then the hoses run up into the tank between the tank and the wall.
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The stands top is 3" thick. It is pretty much bolted to the wall behind so the is no rheoom between the stand and the wall. The room between the tank and the wall is 9" on either side between a wall and brick is 1/2 an inch. So my only option was hob or if possible a smaller canister filter than can sit on the stand as well behind the tank.
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Any chance to take some pictures? Is this a homemade stand?
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