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Old 04-14-2004, 02:23 AM   #1
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filtration advice needed

HI all:

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I am just starting to set up my new 58 G tank. I am planning on doing freshwater fish and plants and I am wondering how much filtration I need. I have purchased a Penguin Power Head 660 so far.

Since it will be a planted tank, I was wondering if this will be sufficient.

Thanks for the help

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Old 04-14-2004, 10:30 AM   #2
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A powerhead by itself won't filter the water, it will just move it around. Typically, a powerhead is attched to an UGF. Since this is going to be a planted tank, I doubt you would want one of those. I've never done a planted tank so I may be wrong, but it makes sense to me that way.

You'll probably want to use a HOB filter. Everybody here has there own preference as to brand (I like biowheels, so I buy Marineland), but you'll want something that will filter the tank about 6 times per hour. In your case, something that pumps water at 300 gph or higher.

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I agree, a HOB will work ~OR~ a canister filter.
What types of fish are you looking into?
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Thanks for the advice

As far as fish, I'll probably strat out with some cory catfish and some barbs, maybe rosy. Then an algae eater. I still need to look into this a little more and see what I really want. In general I would be looking for smaller fish in larger quantities.

In the next couple of weeks I plan to start with the plants first.
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My kind of tank! Check out my profile--I have fish from my 50 gal community tank listed. I went for tetras over barbs because they are more peaceful and I wanted to keep dwarf cichlids.
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Plants? 58gallons? I'd highly recommend a canister filter, specifically a Rena Filstar XP1, or XP2.
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Thanks for the advice malkore. I am going to take a close look at the cannister filter. For some reason, I didn't think about it too much.

I do appreciate the help

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