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Old 03-27-2005, 12:43 AM   #1
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150 gal: 2 canisters?

Hi! Well my planning is taking longer than I had expected... Now I found
out that one canister (Eheim 2128) is not going to be enough... From
what I read, most with tanks 125 g. and larger use at least 2 canisters.
I don't mind buying another one (great price @ Petsmart), besides having
redundancy does make a lot of sense, but what I do mind is adding 2
more of those ugly *** green pipes in my tank...

Would very much like to know how you have done it...
I know that Travis, for one, uses 2 canisters and you don't see a single
piece of "hardware" in his tank... How do you lay it out?
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Old 03-27-2005, 01:26 AM   #2
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I have 2 Canisters on my 150 gal tank and hide the intake and output tubes with greenery. We found 36 inch plants and just put it right in front of the tubes.
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Check out the online stores for aftermarket tube sets that are clear if you cant hide the green ones with plants. I love my eheims but the green tubes with the white lettering are UGLY.
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What brand of fittings would fit the Eheim 16/22mm?
Also curious to know how you arrange the layout of 2 filter, for better
circulation. Was thinking inlet of filter A, with outlet of filter B in one
corner, and the opposite in the other corner...
Should I use those "soft flow" outlets instead of spray bars, they sure
are less intrusive, and probably better to keep the CO2 in the tank.

Thanks for your help! 8)
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THe spray bars were nixed the day that we got the filter. What we did was have an intake tube at each end of the tank and the outlet tubes side by side in the center pointing towards the front of the tank, angled towards the direction of their intake tube. Then the maxi-jets are at each corner of the tank also.
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:57 AM   #6
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That's a good idea...
I just ordered some aftermarkets in/outlets made by Proquatics (found
those at Petsmart). They are black/clear plastic, against a black
background, shouldn't be too bad! 8)
Don't know if they gonna fit diameter-wise, but that's easy to remedy.
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Okay, got my second filter, and some aftermarket piping (not as ugly as
the original Eheim green).

Here is how I want to set it up: intake 1 to the left, output 1 to the right,
(i.e. cross the tubes for better circulation). I would like to leave the
central part of the tank free of visible equipment, for I will leave a big
"open space" there (Amano style).

Does that make any sense?
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Looks good. Crossing the pipes will not hurt or benefit the system. Either way the out-spouts will swirl and circulate the water, and a mixture of water will go up the tubes to the filter. One way to hide the tubes is to buy a solid backdrop that matches the color of the plumbing. Then even minimal foreground decoration will make them seem to disappear. I had black plumbing, used a black background.

edit: I bet 99% of us two canister types put them in the corners!
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