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Old 11-28-2005, 10:05 PM   #11
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Either two canister filters or one canister with one HOB will provide the redundancy and water flow you need for a tank that size. My own preference would be two Filstar xP2 canister filters (one at each end of the tank) or one xP2 and one AquaClear 110 HOB. If your fish are messy eaters (like Oscars) then you could look at going with xP3 filters instead of the xP2. Of course a lot depends on how heavily stocked with fish and plants your tank is.

If you do have 384W of lighting you will definitely need to go with a pressurized CO2 injection system to get the most out of your plants. If you don't have pressurized CO2 you risk algae blooms that would overwhelm your plants. You should also look at a specialized substrate for planted aquariums. I recommend either Eco-Complete or Flourite.

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Thanks everyone. I just saw page two of the replies; yes, I'm a newbe with AA. I think I am getting on the right track. I believe I am going to go with two 340 gpm Fluval canister filters for filtration. I may use a simple fluorescent light at first, but add CO2 with the 384 watts of light. I may have to wait a bit for the CO2 system due to cost. All of you guys have been great! I have learned a lot from the forum here. Hopefully before the end of the month (I need to get started on hardwood floor refinishing for the aquarium room), I'll be ordering the tank and filtration supplies.

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