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Old 11-17-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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I am fairly new to the hobby. I have a new 90 gallon tank I am looking to put cichlids or oscars or peacock bass in it . What is the best option for quiet filtration? I was wondering if hooking a canister filter to a under gravel filter would work good but I have never seen it done. I would think pulling all the water through the gravel would help the breakdown of particulates. I don't like filters that hang on the back of the tank .any advice would be appreciated.
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I am fairly new to the hobby. I have a new 90 gallon tank I am looking to put cichlids or oscars or peacock bass in it . What is the best option for quiet filtration? I was wondering if hooking a canister filter to a under gravel filter would work good but I have never seen it done. I would think pulling all the water through the gravel would help the breakdown of particulates. I don't like filters that hang on the back of the tank .any advice would be appreciated.
I don't think that the canister to the undergravel will work. I would suggest a very large canister. Look for how many gallons per hour the filter does, and reduce that by at least 25% because that will be the flow with the filter media in it. Try to have the tank cycle through 8 times if you choose african cichlids, and 10+ for a single oscar. A peacock bass will not fit in a 90 gallon.
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I'd reccomend an Fluval and/or Eheim canister filter. IMO don't go with an undergravel filter. You say you don't like Hang on back but I find them really useful for a tank over 20 gallons so along with a Fluval/Eheim canister I'd reccomend an AquaClear 110. Its a very good and quiet hang on back filter.
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I am trying to keep it as quiet as possible due to being in a room with tile floors and bad acoustics . I will look at the 110s and a canister . And I couldn't fit a 4 inch peacock in a 90 gallon tank for at least a year or so?
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I am trying to keep it as quiet as possible due to being in a room with tile floors and bad acoustics . I will look at the 110s and a canister . And I couldn't fit a 4 inch peacock in a 90 gallon tank for at least a year or so?
I don't know how fast they grow. I would suggest tons of African cichlids, or an oscar.
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I don't know how fast they grow. I would suggest tons of African cichlids, or an oscar.
You could keep a peacock in a 90 for a while, but they get huge and are not practical for most people. Why worry about rehoming? There's lots of beautiful SA an CA cichlids to choose from.
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I use a wet dry for my planted tank it cycles the best I personally believe
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Considering I've had canister and hang on backs
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Ok I will go with the canister and two aqua clear 110. My local stores say to not use a under gravel filter . Do most of you agree? What brand canister would you buy ? They sell marine land , hydro, cascade.
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Ok I will go with the canister and two aqua clear 110. My local stores say to not use a under gravel filter . Do most of you agree? What brand canister would you buy ? They sell marine land , hydro, cascade.
Underground filters are pretty old school. You want to remove the junk, not hide it in the gravel. For that size tank, you could go for a Fluval FX5/6. This could do away with the need for HOBs or just use one HOB, stuffed with polyfil for that extra sparkle.....
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