Hi, I'm new here
and fairly new to aquariums. I've had a 55g before with the HOB
biowheel filters. However this new tank i got has a canopy that doesn't permit HOB
filters without having to cut into the wood. It's going to be a 125g freshwater tank that I plan on putting some native fish (from here in minnesota) in (bluegill, a 3" northern pike, or maybe a a 3" walleye). I've never had a canister filter before and I was lookin online and found a couple a rena xp3 or xp4, fluval fx5, fluval 405. Anyways, I don't like having to clean the tank all that often, so i was wondering if going with the p4 or fx5 would be too much water flow etc... I can get the fx5 for $211 and the xp3 for $122, and the xp4 for $161. Anybody have any recommendations? even if you prefer a different filter. I also want one that is very easy to clean and isn't going to leak on me etc... oh and my wife isn't too crazy on spending a whole lot of money on the fish tank, so cheaper is better, but I'll pay more for a quality filter that i'm not going to have to replace or dump a bunch of money into sooner than later. I had also read that the rena's don't come with all the proper filter media so there is an added cost there... any advise?