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Old 01-24-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Fluval 406 big enough for a 75 gal?

Also, is a spray bar reccomended?
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As a general answer I'd say yes, that's plenty, but it also depends on what you plan on putting in said 75 gallon.....
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Old 01-24-2012, 11:27 PM   #3
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A few angels, gouramis, loaches, and cherry barbs. Or something like that. Plants too. I've never used a canister before. Also, are in-line heaters any good?
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Never worked with in-line heaters, but a 406 will be plenty for what you have mentioned. I think the best rule of thumb is to reduce the advertised capacity by about 20%-25%, which puts you bang on at 75g. Your water flow will be great when all the media is fresh, but as it collects material in between cleanings, the flow will be reduced as well.
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Thanks! Is a spray bar a good idea? The fish I want are low flow types.
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Thanks! Is a spray bar a good idea? The fish I want are low flow types.
Sure. If you don't want the flow coming from one direct location, they work great.
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Ok, thanks!
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Fluvals are good filters for the price. Have a 405 for my 50g acrylic and it's more than enough. The best thing about them are the media baskets IMO.
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I have a slightly overstocked 60g hex and I run 2 fluval canister filters a 305 and a 406 ... its wonderful.. as long as you stay stocked or understocked a 406 will be fine I think a spay bar would be good for your tank. I would suggest positioning it on 1 side and the intake on the opposite side in the back corner to create a flow circle

also your gouramis will like the calm waters on the side opposite the spray bar
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Thank you all for the input. Very helpful.
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