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Old 02-22-2004, 01:08 PM   #1
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Good filter for a 40 gal

What would be a good filter for a 40 gallon if I change the subtrate to a plant friendly one and sand mix.

Right now I use a UGF on one side and plant the other. This has worked out famously well for the plants and the water quality up to the 18 gallon....
Occasionally when I mess up while cleaning I have an auxillary corner filter to clear the water.
But I am not sure when moving up to the 40 if this could still work, and I do want finer substrate for the loaches and BGKnife who are the main residents.(currently the halves have typical gravel size and then I have larger rounded river rock gravel to clean easy and pick through.

If possible I want something I can shield/control the current strength of and transfer to the bigger tanks this summer.
The Polypterus and dinner guests will have a 170gal tank and the Knife and co a 150gal (Approx because they are getting custom measurements for "creature comfort")

I am all open on this though I do trust certain brands more than others...
So far nearly all my equipment is Hagen with a few exceptions ^_^
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How about getting a canister filter?
You can get a Fluval 404, on this canister you can control the flow, and when it comes time to move it to the bigger tank it will work nicely.
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Old 02-22-2004, 02:12 PM   #3
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Hmm, and of course I have heard all good here on the board about that model...and it's actually hagen too isn;t it?
Woot! That will probably be the one......
Well, coffee and donuts are done...time to get to work.....
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I'd nix the UGF for several reasons. The plant roots will work there way underneath the filter and they do tend to clog and foul a tank in time.

Also, sand may look great in a planted tank but it can tend to become compacted. I'm gonna suggest Eco-Complete as the total substrate. It seems to be the perfect product for plants
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check on fluvals....

check alternate substrate for heavier planting....

check pricing.......
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I actually like the magnums, I have a hot magnum on one of my tanks, and i love it. For a larger tank I would use the magnum 350, or a combo of the 350 and hot or two 350s
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