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Old 08-29-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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filtering a big tank

Hello all,

I'm currently researching on building a big tank, between 75-150g. It's going to be a planted Discus tank, with pres. CO2.

I was curious if anyone has any opinions on filtering such a large tank. Seeing how its a delicate tank. Reliability is of utmost importance. Easy to maintain is high on the list as well.

I've ran Filstar XP's on a few tanks, which I have been very pleased with. With such a large tank would a wet/dry or sump be more practical? I'm treading into unchartered waters here. Any help would be hughly appreciated.
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Old 08-29-2004, 09:41 PM   #2
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If it's going to be a planted tank in the 150 gallon range you can't go wrong with Ocean Clear cannister filters.
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Old 08-30-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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The Ocean Clear canisters look impresive. Not a bad price on Bil Al's either for what they have to offer. Thanks for the tip.

Anyone got any links for wet/dry and sumps. I've never used either of these and would'nt mind researching them.
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Old 08-30-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Just FYI Mojo Troll, I'm using a Fluval 404 and a an Eheim 2217 on my 125g planted discus tank. I find the Fluval easier to maintain. I like having 2 cannisters on this tank because I feel comfortable alternating the cleaning.

IMO, you need to be diligent about cleaning your filters in a planted discus tank however, you don't need to change water more than once a week (depending on fish load).

Please let me know how your research goes re: wet/dry. I've never used one but am always looking to improve.
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I love my Filstar XP2, on my 75gallon tank.
For discus you might want 2 canisters though...i know they need pristine water.
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I'm a huge fan of Filstar XP series. Currently running a couple of XP1's on smaller tanks. Running a pair of XP's, dependant on what size tank I decide on was my first option. I was just curious if theres better option's on big tanks. So far a pair of canisters seem to be most reliable. As Brian said, you can alternate cleaning, which is very important in keeping a sustainable amount of bacteria. Plus, if one filter fails for some reason. You still have one filter working. Albeit one filter running in a big tank would be overworked, but atleast water would continue to be turned over.

I know what you mean about bioload Brian. Currently I have a heavily planted 40g with three Discuss 4" in size. I set this tank up as a trial, seeing how these were my first Discus. Needless to say, I'm hooked. err bad pun Anyway, I currenctly have an XP1 with a pre filter on the intake. I'm doing 25% WC's every 2 or 3 days. The prefilter gets cleaned every WC. I also have a powedhead with a course filter attached to help move more water. I clean the powerhead filter every WC as well. Thankfully this set up allows me to get by with cleaning the XP canister every couple of weeks.

Also Brian, you ever run a diatom in your 125g or is routine care enough?

Thank you all for the comments. I'm still open for suggestions.

It will be 3 or 4 months before I actually have a big tank up and running. At this point, Im trying to research as much as posssible before I start laying down hard earned cash.
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Yes Mojo, I run the diatom for 1 hour per week on all 11 of my tanks. It might be over kill but............. better to err on the side of caution.
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MTS is setting in to the point where a diatom might come in handy. I'll have to read up on diatoms. Does a diatom filter out plant nutrients like charcoil?
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Good question. I doubt it (but am not sure), a diatom filter is mechanical, not chemical. It filters out impurities down to 1 micron. This includes many pathogens.
Because it filters mechenaically to such a fine state, it's also been called a water polisher.
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If you are going to have decent lighting and pressurized CO2 you might want to skip the wet-dry or Biowheel system, just to keep as much CO2 in the tank as you can. There is debate about this being an issue, but I would personally stick with 2 canisters. I do love my XP3, and you certainly could not go wrong with Eheim Professional II series if you have a few extra shekels to spend.
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