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Old 03-11-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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cannister filter for sand tank......

hello everyone,
I am considering setting up my 90 gal tank with a sand bottom. I have been doing some research and it seems that most advise to use a filter 2 or 3 times larger than required. This is where my question comes in. WHen saying larger is that implying that I would need a filter that is intended for a 300 gal tank? Or is it that I would need a filter that moves 3 times the water in G.P.H? (for example my 90 x 3 = a minimum of 270 G.P.H). Any help would be greatly appreciated,and any recomendations for what brand and model of filter would also be welcomed. THanks in advance,
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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I'd get a filter that says it will filter a tank around 150g or so. Or you could get two filters that say they filter 100g each.

Fluval makes a good canister, as does Rena. I'd go with two fluval 305's, a 305 and 405, a Rena xp2 and xp3, or a rena xp4... or you could go with the bad boy, the fluval fx5.
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Go with the Fluval FX5 and you will never regret it.
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Welcome aboard. Moving this to the General Hardware and equipment discussion forum. You`ll get more answers there.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:56 PM   #6
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I agree with mfdrookie516.
I think a Hagen Fluval 405 would be good. I have one in my 55 along with 2 Marineland 280's. It is easy to maintain and also there is a good choices of media that you can put in there.
FX5 may be a little big but will work. It's rated for 400 gallon tanks. I have two FX5 in my 200 gallon tank.
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You talkin about me I Aint no rookie.... Yea to salt I kinda am I know stuff though don't doubt me
No, he was referring to the post by mfdrookie516

Just to add, you will love a sand bottom! They look so much more natural. I would recommend you go with Pool Filter Sand. The pieces are a bit larger than play sand (but play sand would work as well, that is what I used).

+1 for the filters. I love the canister filters. I had great luck with my Fluval 405 on a 55g tank.
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Can you get Black pool sand or a little larger grain not gravel? I beleive black would really show off your fish better. Any thought on this?
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