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Old 02-24-2006, 12:43 AM   #1
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Final list of things I need.... which filter for 100 gallon?

Thanks to everyone that has lived with my babbling and asking questions.
I am now onto my last question as far as getting the equipment for my 100 gallon tall.

All I need is a heater, and a Filter

The tank is going to be sand substrate, moderately planted.


I think I am going to do a cannister, that seems to be the easiest. Can I get a link on Big Al's as to which one you would purchase for this tank? I dont want to spend a fortune, but still want good filtration, and ease of use/quality, etc.
Also, I am thinking about doing the heater that hooks up to the cannister in addition to a submerged one (or two) If you have a link to that, it would be awesome also.

I think most of ya'll like the eheim, but I have heard good things about the Rena as far as ease of use and good quality....
http://bigalsonline.com/catalog/prod...d1=2885;pcid2=

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Old 02-24-2006, 09:19 AM   #2
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For a 100 gal tank I would recommend having 2 filters, one on each side. It will help give the tank a more even filtration. Definitely go with two canisters. I don't know what you mean by "a filter that hooks up to the anister in addition to a submerged one". So I can't help ya there.

Eheim is good, never used it though. I am partial to Cascade's. I've also heard great things about Renas. You can't really go wrong with a Eheim, Rena, Fluval, or Cascade. But that's JMO. It all depends on how much you want to spend. Some filters (forget which ones) allow for inline heaters.

Regarding the heaters (if you don't go inline), I would get three 200 Watt heaters.
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:42 PM   #3
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I don't know what you mean by "a filter that hooks up to the anister in addition to a submerged one". So I can't help ya there.
Regarding the heaters (if you don't go inline), I would get three 200 Watt heaters.
I meant to type a heater that hooks up... meaning an inline Ill edit that now....

2 Cannisters.... That just seems expensive......
Here are my options:

1 Rena XP3- $95
1 Inline Heater- $40
2 200w Heaters- $32
Total- $167

2 Rena XP2- $150
2 Inline Heaters- $80
1 200w Heater- $16
Total- $246


Is it really worth the extra $80??
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Yes, it is expensive, but it is the best way to go about it. Put one input on each end of the tank and the outputs in the center. Anything over 75 gal I recommend 2 filters. We are looking at getting a third for our 150.
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Yes, it is expensive, but it is the best way to go about it. Put one input on each end of the tank and the outputs in the center. Anything over 75 gal I recommend 2 filters. We are looking at getting a third for our 150.
These tanks are worse money pits than my vette.....

Both awesome but both DEFINATELY too expensive and needs too much stuff!
Oh well.. I'll keepem both
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Yup, aquariums are a big investment. BUT, it's only an investment that you don't have to many too often. Canisters last a long time.
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Could do 2 XP3's, one on each end, with a Hydor ETH 300W heater on each output line. That way you won't have any heaters inside the tank.
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well, i have to disagree here. I personally have a friend that houses one XP3 on his 120 gallon tank.

Personally speaking ... an XP3 would be my second choice for a canister filter. My personal favorite filter (for canister) is Ehiem filters ... i am droling over their new ones that rival and beat out the Fluval 405's ... just as big with more filtering power.
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If I were to deside on a single Eheim for a normaly stocked 100 gallon tank it would be the 2217 (they are rated for about 160 gallons)
http://bigalsonline.com/catalog/prod...tegory_id=2965

Fishyfanatic has ARLC tanks.. I think thats why overfiltration is second nature to her.

I think 2 250-300W (non-inline) heaters would do just fine.
for glass ones Im a fan of ebo-jager
http://bigalsonline.com/catalog/prod...d1=3231;pcid2=

filter- $120
heaters- 2@$18
total- ~$158+S/H
what did you plan on stocking the tank with?

Im personaly partial to fluvals but I wouldnt put a 404 on a 100 gallon tank (I llike them for about 75 gallons) and the new one is just overkill for a 100 gallons IMHO.

(when people are able to report that their cascade or renea XP canisters have given them exellent service for a decade or more then I would consider purchasing one of them. :P )
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It will be about 7 or 8 more years before people can tell you that their Cascade or Renas can last for a decade. Cascade just came out with Canisters a few years back. And I believe Rena did too. Right now I am at 18 months with the Cascade and it is still in perfect condition. I haven't had to replace anything. Well, the usual filter floss, but no mechanical parts.
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