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Old 07-23-2004, 01:59 PM   #1
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Brands of filters, heaters, powerheads, air pumps...

hey all,

i was wondering what you would you suggest for a 55g tank. What pieces are optional and mandatory. What brands would you suggest for each?

Also, are powerheads simply to produce a current and to keep water flowing? Wouldyou suggest getting one for a 55g?

What are air pumps really needed for?

Thanks in advance,
Dan
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You will find most use a combo of 2 filters for this and larger tanks. A hang on back (HOB) power filter and a canister type.
Powerheads are mainly used with under gravel filters.
The goal is to get a balance of mechanical and biological filtration. Flow rate of the filters combined should be a water turnover 4 to 8 times per hour or 220 to 440 gal per hour for the 55 gal tank.
With proper filtering a air pump is really not needed.
Good info on filters in general here. http://www.2cah.com/netmax/basics/filters/filters.shtml
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