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Old 06-07-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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New 55 gal tank set up

About to pick up my new 55 gallon tank!!! Need some advice on a filter. Another site recommended a 110 gal filter. Any advice or tips would be great!!!
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About to pick up my new 55 gallon tank!!! Need some advice on a filter. Another site recommended a 110 gal filter. Any advice or tips would be great!!!
You would want a filter that is rated for at least twice the size of your tank.
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Hello! Welcome to the forum!

It's always better to overfiltrate than not have enough.

Are you gonna run a sump in the future or just a hang on or canister filter?
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To tell you the truth I'm not that familiar with a sump filter. I'm just working with a 25 gal tank now so I'm a complete newbie. I have a small hang on back filter now, which is obviously not capable of handling a 55 gallon tank. From the quick reading I did on sump filters it seem like the way to go. But also seems like the most complicated.
Would I have to drill a hole in my tank for a sump filter?
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To tell you the truth I'm not that familiar with a sump filter. I'm just working with a 25 gal tank now so I'm a complete newbie. I have a small hang on back filter now, which is obviously not capable of handling a 55 gallon tank. From the quick reading I did on sump filters it seem like the way to go. But also seems like the most complicated.
Would I have to drill a hole in my tank for a sump filter?
Not at all. You can use an overflow box.
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I have both a drilled and an overflow box on tanks, IMO drilled tanks are a lot easier to plumb and less noisy. I am thinking about taking down the tank with the overflow just so I can get it drilled.

Canister filters I stay away from them they seem to cause a lot of nitrates.

HOB filters I use those as well for smaller tanks. You can actually get HOB fuges as well but they are rather pricey.
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So would an overflow box also prevent water overflow in a power outage? Is drilling your tank an easy diy project? What items would I need to set up a sump filter system?
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So would an overflow box also prevent water overflow in a power outage? Is drilling your tank an easy diy project? What items would I need to set up a sump filter system?
In a power outage it is not the overflow you are concerned about. It's the return line. Just make sure to drill a hole just below the water line. As far as drilling.... I would not recommend it unless it is acrylic glass. You are better off with an overflow box and a return line..... All you need for a sump is an overflow, piping to get to the sump, sump, a return pump, piping to the tank, then like a diy spray bar or whatever you want. In my tank I made a spray bar for the water with holes angled different directions to get different currents in the water.
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Any recommendations for an overflow box and sump?
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