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Old 06-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Shoud i get a external filter

I have a 50g tank with a internal filter of foam sponge for mechanical and biological I was thinking of getting an external filter wit mechanical biological and chemical wit uv steriliser one wit 2000 l/h my water has some debris in it at the min I have 8 cichlids and 2 plecos at the min and my water quality is ok I do a 10% water change every 2-3 days I think the water could be clearer looking for any thought and recommendations would be helpful

I was thinking of getting more cichlids how many could I have in it ???
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
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I have like 25 in my 55 but I do a huge water change every week have a few different filters and a uv sterilizer. But it all depends on what kind of cichlids you want. What kinds do you like?
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I think you should be doing larger water changes. Probably 30% by weekly or 50%-75% weekly. It will certainly help with keeping the water clearer. As for the "external filter", if you're talking about a canister filter, it will help keep the water much much clearer(on average) then right now. If there's brand's I would recommend, it would be Fluval, Eheim or Rena. Although for that size, I would go with a Fluval 304,305 or 306 or an Eheim 350.

As for the cichlid inquiry, I would post that in the Cichlid section in the Freshwater part of this forum. You will receive more accurate and pin pointed answers.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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I have a filstar by API/rena I highly reccomend it.
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Thanks wat kind of filter media is the best and wat do thy do
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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In order there's mechanical, chemical and biological. The mechanical filters out all the debris usually goes coarse sponge, medium floss then polishing pad. There's different grades and things you can use for each one though. Then there's the chemical something like seachem purigen, activated filter carbon, chemi pure the list goes on. Then there's your biological there little bacteria that build up and through a process called the nitrogen cycle turns the ammonia to nitrate you have to cycle your filter to build them up but they live in whatever works best with your filter for example API filstar uses bio stars, there's also different types of ceramic rings or similar. Hope that helps.
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Ya that helps I think I might get one to filter the water better thanks
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:30 PM   #8
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No problem Fluval and API both make good products
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You got great advice. Just to add, canisters are SO much easier to clean and maintain. Much less hassle to clean than internal filters!!!
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I have a filstar by API/rena I highly reccomend it.
+1. I also have a rena xp4 on my 55 gal. It works like magic and is really quiet as well.
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