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Old 12-15-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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What Filtration Should I use for my 150 gallon

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Just wondering what filtration system we should be running in our 150 gallon fish tank?

Thank you so much.
We are looking to buy a new set up for our tank as it is very needed.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
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What fish are you are you going to be adding to your new setup and how many. What is your price budget?
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I already have two oscars 1 pleco and 1 catfish in the tank.
We were given this tank and the filters are absolute ****. We need to do something.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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Partly this depends on what facilities you have. For example, if you have a cabinet underneath that can hold it, canister filters or a sump are convenient. If it is drilled for overflow that makes it easier to use a sump; if not it's still possible but harder and a canister is a better choice.

For that large of tank you could use more than one hang-on-back filter, but I would tend to suggest at least three, which is a lot to hang on the back and will be noisy, so how much noise tolerance you have is relevant.

If you go canisters, I would personally do two filters each claiming to be big enough, as their claims are over-stated, and two will give you some redundancy when (not if) one of them fails. I personally am a fan of SunSun as they are a great value -- cheap, no fancy stuff with it, very quiet, and good enough. Two 404B's would get you plenty of filtration for under $200 US (not sure in canada). Others hate the Chinese filters and prefer brand names like Fluval or Eheim; I'd still stick with my recommendation for two.

Note that two 404B's or Fluval 406's are way more filtration than you need for 4 fish, but in that large of a tank I assume you'll add more over time.
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for a 150g I would suggest the fluval fx6 canister ,not cheap but very quiet!.i run one on my 90g and its fantastic. super clear water n can stock many fish with low maintenance! cheers n good luck!
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Right now we have 3 hanging on the back - Very very loud ( I hate that part of it )
We have a decent stand so my husband thinks he can build something for the canisters to go on underneath
My husband wants a Fluval of course because we can buy the replacements at our local pet store. Do you have a long wait for shipping? I don't think they have SunSun products around here so I would be ordering online.
We are having issues with our water right now. So thank you very much for your input. I will research some more also.
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I have the sunsun 304b on our 120 and it's completely silent. Love it.
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You can find Fluval online and in stores in most places, though prices vary hugely so shop around. It's rare to see the FX6 in stores but possible.

The SunSun's are online, Amazon is where I got mine, came very quickly (I think next day shipping was available). I got mine from TechnToy.com or something like that.

The Fluvals all come with some media, the SunSun usually doesn't. I just buy bulk media (I got it locally) and cut it with scissors, or there are some places that sell it pre-cut to fit. That's for mechanical filtration.

Parts are more readily available for Fluvial, both repair and consumables, though once you get into it the consumables for any filter are much cheaper to make than buy. Repair parts still might not be available locally, though, just more available online.

Regardless of brand, a failure of a key part leaves you without a filter until repaired. That may take days to get a part, which is one reason I recommended two filters. Two FX6's would be very expensive however, despite being (so I hear) great filters. Two 406's might be a better choice, but should you decide on one big filter, make sure you have an air pump and air stone (or equivalent) to provide aeration if the filter fails, to keep the fish alive. Cheap insurance.

Regardless, I recommend getting a bunch of Seachem Matrix for biological filtration. Fluval comes with ceramic rings I think, which are decent. Don't let someone sell you plastic balls, those are really for sumps and do not do well in canisters.

And I'm a fan of Purigen for chemical filtration if you need any, as opposed to carbon. It's rechargable, lasts longer, and most people report better success. Get one extra bag so you can rotate through recharging when you clean the filter (so preferably 3 for that size tank).

Finally despite being horrible looking, save the media from your existing filters to jump start the new, especially if the tank is rather empty of substrate (sand, etc.) or decorations. You want to make sure you have some good bacteria preserved across the change. In fact, I'd recommend taking two of the existing filters and cutting up the sponge media and putting into the new filter trays, run for 2 weeks at least with the third HOB still going, then cut it up and add it also. You can rinse it in distilled or tank water (NOT tap water as it will kill the bacteria). The "gunk" on it that's thick and comes off easy is not too important, the bacteria is stuck pretty firmly to the sponges. You can remove it 1 or 2 changes down the line.

A tank with lots of surface area (that's not cleaned regularly), e.g. decorations, sand base, rocks, etc has a lot of the bacteria in the tank. One that is mostly just glass and slick plastic or similar surfaces may have most of the good bacteria in the filter. Think "is this surface easy to clean" - if so that's not where it lives. The good bacteria is NOT in the water.

Regardless, test the water for ammonia and nitrites regularly after changing the filter, and if you see any (meaning not enough bacteria survived the change), then accelerate your water changes until it is back under control and you only see nitrates. If you haven't read up on the nitrogen cycle, do so, but know you (almost certainly) have a well cycled tank, and are trying to preserve that during the swap.

As to problems with your water, if there are many (and you might want to start a different thread), but some quick comments:

- Dirty, ugly water with lots of crud may be bad, but may not necessarily be bad for the fish.

- Ammonia and nitrites from decaying food and other organics can be in very clean water, and can be deadly to fish.

So make sure you read about the nitrogen cycle, and keep the ammonia and nitrites down, THEN fix the other as you go. My guess is that you have algae problems of some sort. A filter may or may not help (the SunSun's ending in "B" have a UV light that helps with "green water" algae for example), it is usually lighting (too much or for too long) or other nutrients you need to deal with, and/or get something in there that eats it, but figuring out a plan of attack requires identifying if it is algae, and what kinds.
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I can't figure out how to make a new post. I woke up this morning and the tank smells like A SWIMMING POOL! Very badly.. Why is this!?
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I can't figure out how to make a new post. I woke up this morning and the tank smells like A SWIMMING POOL! Very badly.. Why is this!?
Swimming pool as in chlorine? Are you SURE it's a chlorine smell? There is nothing that can spontaneously produce chlorine in a normal tank, so that either came from tap water, or something you added.

PRIME (or similar) will reduce/remove chlorine, but again -- it didn't just happen. If it didn't smell that way when you last added water, it's not chlorine. Chlorine goes away over time and with air contact, it never increases (in aquarium conditions).

But i'm betting you don't really mean a chlorine smell, so I think you may need to find a different way to describe it, do some tests, etc.
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