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Old 04-20-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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Filter size question? Powerful enough?

I am purchasing a Fluval Vicenza aquarium setup(48gallon). The setup includes a Fluval 205 cannister filter. Will this be adequate? I'm not sure if i can even upgrade to the 305 even if i wanted to because the hoses enter the tank from underneath.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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The 205 is rated at 180gph - which is a little more than 5 time your tank volume (I rounded your 48gal to 50). This, in my very humble opinion, is fine for your tank. And Fluval is a top of the line manufacturer of cannisters - they know what they are doing. But wait and see who else chimes in with advice.
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I forgot to ask you - Maybe if you tell us what you plan to do with the tank and what kind of fish you want to put in it will help us help you
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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Thanks for your reply. I was planning on just a community freshwater tank with some small schools of neons, tetras and not sure what else yet. I haven't had a tank in a long time. I don't plan on planting the tank with live plants.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #5
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Any others have an opinion on this filter and tank size?
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
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Geeze, I'm no pro bsk but can tell you that it is probably enough, though I prefer my tanks to be way overfiltered.

I have a 55 gal in which I'll run a Marineland H.O.T. (hang on tank) Magnum rated for 50 gals, and a fluval 304 (same filter but last years model) rated for 70 gals.

This is over double filtered, but I have a lot of driftwood and plants that reduce flow.

Depending on the amount of hardscape, and bioload you may or may not have enough filtration. As it is I'd say you're on the correct side of the cusp. Maybe adding a powerhead is the perfect solution.
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Old 04-21-2008, 01:02 PM   #7
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Stupid question .....but do i need more filtration or less if i have basic aquascaping with some rocks and fake plants
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Are you talking filtration for water movement or for bioload?
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The more stuff you have in the tank that blocks the flow of water, the more circulation you need to add. Of course, real plants aid in the chemical filtration, but the density can also impede water flow. You don't want any large dead spots where nasties can grow.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:24 PM   #10
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Thanks. So should the fluval 205 be sufficient? It is a Fluval complete setup and they package it with this model so i would think it should be fine but would like others opinions as well.
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