I am considering going with a high-end canister filter. Is this a good choice for a beginner?
Yes and no. Canister filters add flow to the tank and provide you with a good place to run chemical media if needed. However, without regular maintanance they have a tendency to produce NO3
. Here is what I would do...LS
substrate and 45-60lbs of LR
. This is all you need for biological filtration. Add on a good skimmer and you are set. You can still use the canister as a place to run GAC
. I would fill the canister with LR
rubble for added biomedia.