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Old 02-10-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Would an emperor 280 be enough to filter a 75 gallon tank?? Would the addition of an Aquaclear 300 be better?? I have never had a tank this big so I dont know how much filtration I need. Any help would be great.
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the 280 won't cut it, but the 400 will. a cannister will also do the trick. i've heard good things about the AC300, but i think the emperor 400 reigns supreme in the catagory. are you going to have plants? if not, i would recommend the 400 with with an appropriate under gravel filter and power head. the would give you tons of filtration (a lot of biological) and tons of surface aggitation. this is the setup i was planning on before i switched over to planning for a planted tank...
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I run an Emperor 400 and an Penguin 330 on my 75. Add a 400 and your 280 would be fine. I can't say anything good or bad about the Aquaclears, don't own any.
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An AC 300 won't fit on a 75 gallon. The tank lip is too wide..you'd have to use an AC500.

On tanks that big, you should really go with a good canister. Rena Filstar XP2 or XP3 would work on that size tank, are cheaper than Eheim canisters, and much better than any Fluval I've seen. You can get an XP2 from Big Al's for under $80 I believe.
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I agree with Malkore. For that tank I would use an XP3, but I tend to err on the side of overfiltration! I have one and it is a wonderful filter. I use an Emperor 400 on my 44gal with supplemental filtration of an Eheim 2215. The Emperor is a great filter, as well.
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I just got an XP1, baby bro of the XP3 and I swear I will never use another HOB again. Canisters are really worth it IMO.
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So, it seems that canister filters are the way to go. If I did get a canister filter like the XP2 or XP3 would this eliminate the need for a hang on back filter, or would it be better to get a canister and hang on back filter?


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HOBs and canisters do the same things very differently. HOBs are great for quick maintenence and adding carbon to the tank. HOBs turnover a lot of water, so they can be better for catching debris floating around. Canisters hold a lot more media but do not oxygenate the water well (depending on setup) and are harder to clean. On a large tank I think having one of each is the way to go. Just having one XP3 on a 75g is a bit low.
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I would get the canister, and also get a HOB at the same time, because especially from Big Al's they HOBs are very inexpensive.
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As are their cannisters.
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