Fluval 304 or HOT wet-dry
OK, While I'm setting up I want to pose this question to some of the guys who have "been there". I'm planning on having a decent fish load.
I'm currently debating between using my fluval 304 with a new surface skimmer, or an Amiracle HOT wet-dry that can be seen here:
for my 55 gallon tank.
The wet-dry is brand new, uses a Rio 800 to get water out of the tank.
I can seal the top fairly reasonably so outgassing of Co2
in the filter is not that large an issue. My bigger concern is the surface skimming (I would build an overflow), and the fact that the water pours in like any other HOT filter, and generates lots of ripples. I don't get a lot of sump space in that thing, but it does give me a place to put the heater. If I do use the wet-dry I would probably have some small power heads to increase circulation or my HOT magnum (no wheel).
The fluval is probably about 6 years old, and I'd put some bio-media in the carbon chamber. along with the current sponges, and ceramic rings.
So which would you do?, and more importantly why?
Aquarium: 55 gallon with 60 lbs fluorite 20 lbs gravel
Filtration: Eheim 2026 Pimp #168 with Fluval surface skimmer
130 watts of 6700k PCs 12hours, 130 watts 10K 4 hours.
Co2 suppl.: 10lb tank with Milwaukee al in one.
Flora:Java Moss, Water Sprite, Microsword, Anacharis, Water Primrose, Rotala rotundifolia, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Echinodorus x barthii, Bacopa monnieri
Fauna: 3 Sailfin Mollies, 8 Tiger barbs, 6 Cory Julii, 6 Ottos, 2 SAEs, 9 Amano shrimp.