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Old 09-09-2004, 04:14 PM   #1
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Canister or Bio-wheel?

I have aquired a 75 gallon and a 58 gallon and now I need the equipment to them set up! I have always used a bio-wheel in my 20 gallon but I have heard that a canister filter is the way to go on larger tanks, particularly planted tanks. I think I will use a canister on the 75 but I am not sure about the 58, I want to hear your opinions on what is best.
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Old 09-09-2004, 04:21 PM   #2
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I don't see whats wrong with HOBs on planted tanks.

Every planted and sand bottomed tank I own has a hob, never had any problems.. just on a 75 you'd probably want to run an Emporer 400, or even two.
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Old 09-10-2004, 12:40 AM   #3
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yeah personally i think the hob would be better because usually creates less surface agitation so reduce the c02 exchange. also the canisters might blow over your plants. not sure on the last part but im sure it could happen.

why dont you go with a canister and a biowheel . i dont know canisters but you can get the marineland biowheel attachment and get like the rena or fluval or watever.
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I agree with krap101, check out this link

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...al&Np=1&N=2004

This system is great, if I had a FW setup that big I would use it.

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I agree with nyghtone!

That is the exact system I would get! the Best of both worlds!

Infact, I bought that exact one for use on my 37 gallon SW tank before I realized that Bio-wheels are no good on a SW tank.
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Old 09-10-2004, 02:35 AM   #6
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Its all depend whether you will going to use CO2 in the planted tank or not. If you do then canister would be a better choice.

The canister will not blow the plant all over. Its depend what type of water outlet u use. A 30cm 1" PVC pipe with a row of 9mm hole will minimise the blowing effect so much the fish will not 'surfing' at the water outlet anymore. Check tankgirl's gallery closely, few of the pic have some sample. I use those kind of setup for water outlet as well. Btw i am using fluval 304 for my 32 gal.

CO2 exchange is not a issue at all as long there is some water surface movement. In fact if the tank is properly setup (~3wpg, co2, proper filter type), the biggest problem would be not enuf CO2 and NO3, but then that another chapter...
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I have only used a canister so I can't contrast the two filter types. However, I have been happy with the canisters. Without some diffusion type device on the outfeed line, the canister does cause a current in the tank. I consider that a pro rather than a con.

A 304 on a 32 gal! Man I thought I oversized when I used a 304 on a 55g.
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dang you people stay up late. i went to bed at 11:00 and theres still 4 posts in here after that
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Initially i want to get the 204 but i knew i am getting the 55-60 gal so i just brought the bigger one
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Magnum 350's are'nt the best canister filters. They have a tendency to push the water around the filter, rather than through it. Bio wheels are terrible for a planted tank. Bio wheels remove to much bacteria from the water that plants need to live. They also produce to much surface agetation, causing valuable CO2 loss, which plants need also.

The only type of filtration you need for a planted tank is mechanical. Consider a Fluval or Rena canister. Load it up with a couple of various foams, some floss and your good to go on a planted tank.

Also, if this is your first planted tank. I can't stress enough how important it is to research and get a basic understanding of water chemistry and how much is needed for a successful planted tank. The more research and knowledge you gain now. The less time, money and headaches you'll have in the future.

Edit: Perhaps a moderator can move this thread to the planted section, where it will get better responses
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