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Old 09-18-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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Question Filter for 75G freshwater tank

Which filter would you recommend for a 75 gallon freshwater African cichlid tank?
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:07 AM   #2
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Fluval FX5, without a doubt.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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An AC110, would be my choice.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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Fluval FX5, without a doubt.
I hear this filter is pretty awesome, but it can be used for aquariums up to 400 gallons. I know it would easily do the job, but is there maybe a more economical option? I think someone else recommended the AC-110, would that be enough to fully filter a 75G?
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A 110 AC will be enough for a 75, even with relatively heavy stalking. It is easily cleaned and can be done while changing the water. The sponge inserts last for many years.
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A 110 AC will be enough for a 75, even with relatively heavy stalking. It is easily cleaned and can be done while changing the water. The sponge inserts last for many years.
How about a 90G? would it be enough for that?
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The FX5 is not good up to 400 gallons. Like every filter out there it is over-rated. The AC110 is also over-rated. I have one running on a client's 37 gallons community, and it is not too much flow. On a 55 I would have two of them.

The FX5 is only $209 shipped on Amazon, the best deal you will find on any filter from what I have seen. I have two Fluval 405s on my 75 and would have just gotten the FX5 if I didn't already have both of them around. It is definitely the best option for tanks in the 75-220 range (although at around 125-150 gallons you may start to need a little more flow, but the actual filtration power is there).

I personally can't imagine using anything else, or recommending it to a client or customer. For the price, ease of use, being beginner friendly, etc. it is definitely the way to go.
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If I was going to spend $200, I would get another new 75, light, substrate, and filters, not a just a filter.
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You may get a good deal on craigslist, but you wouldn't get that new. Proper filtration for a 75 is not cheap, neither is a setup. You can do it right from the beginning or you can always work a little harder to keep it going because you cheaped out in the beginning, the choice is yours.
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The FX5 is not good up to 400 gallons. Like every filter out there it is over-rated. The AC110 is also over-rated. I have one running on a client's 37 gallons community, and it is not too much flow. On a 55 I would have two of them.

The FX5 is only $209 shipped on Amazon, the best deal you will find on any filter from what I have seen. I have two Fluval 405s on my 75 and would have just gotten the FX5 if I didn't already have both of them around. It is definitely the best option for tanks in the 75-220 range (although at around 125-150 gallons you may start to need a little more flow, but the actual filtration power is there).

I personally can't imagine using anything else, or recommending it to a client or customer. For the price, ease of use, being beginner friendly, etc. it is definitely the way to go.
So in terms of filtration on a 75G, a fluval fx5 is all thats needed, correct? You dont need any more filters do you?
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